Oct. 29, 2010
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Auburn volleyball team opened the weekend Friday night with road match at No. 22 Tennessee and the Tigers fell to the Lady Volunteers, 3-0 (17-25, 16-25, 16-25), at the Thompson-Boling Arena. Auburn falls to 16-9 on the season and 7-6 in SEC competition.
"We played a very good Tennessee team that plays solid when at home," head coach Wade Benson said. "Our team learned some stuff about themselves tonight and we're excited to take what we've learned to our match on Sunday at Kentucky."
Senior Morgan Johns tallied 10 kills for Auburn and finished the match with a .364 attack percentage. Sophomore Sarah Bullock had five kills, while freshman Kathia Rud concluded the night with four kills. Junior setter Christina Solverson recorded a team-best 14 assists. Defensively, Bullock and Rud each finished with seven digs, while senior libero Liz Crouch had six.
Leslie Cikra led the way for Tennessee (18-5, 9-4 SEC) with 10 kills, while Leah Hinkey and DeeDee Harrison each had nine kills. Setter Kylann Scheidt had 22 assists and Nikki Fowler had a match-high 13 digs.
The two teams battled early in the first set until a three-point Lady Vol rally pushed the home team to a 7-4 advantage. A kill by Camila Jersonsky cut the Tennessee lead to one at 7-6, but the Lady Vols pushed a 6-0 run to go up 13-6. Tennessee used another long rally to win the set 25-17.
A Tennessee attack error and a service ace from Crouch locked the score at three apiece early in the second set, but the Lady Vols utilized a major run to take 12-6 lead. A kill from Johns triggered an Auburn rally to bring the Tigers within a point at 13-12 and kills by Johns and Bullock kept the score tight. Tennessee, however, used a 5-0 run to take a 19-13 lead and closed out the set with a 25-16 win.
In the final set, a kill by Bullock gave Auburn a quick 3-2 advantage over the Lady Vols. Tennessee quickly rallied and went up by as much as four at 9-5. Kills from Alyssa Davis and Jersonsky reduced the Lady Vol lead to one at 9-8. Tennessee responded with a 7-3 run to take a 16-11 lead and secured the team victory with a 25-16 win.
The Tigers conclude the road weekend with a 12 p.m. match in Lexington, Ken., Sunday against the Kentucky Wildcats. The match is set to be televised live on Fox Sports South.