Oct. 30, 2005
Fayetteville, Ark. -
After a tough match against LSU on Friday night, the Auburn volleyball team was back in action Sunday afternoon at Arkansas. Auburn struggled in the first two games but took the third game before falling in four, 30-22, 30-25, 14-30, 30-16. The Ladybacks take the Western division lead with a 15-8 (8-3 SEC) record and the Tigers dropped to 8-11 (2-9 SEC) with four more matches to go in the regular season.
"I was proud of the team coming back after the break and winning game three," head coach Laura Farina said. "We came out and competed well and had Arkansas on their heels. We looked like a different team in the first two games and once again I think it came down to our passing game.
In game four we struggled in one rotation, the same one that we have had difficulties in throughout the season and I think that hurt us in game four."
Turning in her fifth double-double of the season, sophomore Rachel Shanks had 11 kills and 15 digs to tie for the team lead on defense. It was senior Jennifer Amobi again with the offensive lead, this time with 16 kills on 36 attempts and six errors (.278). Junior Julie Bosler contributed five blocks - four assisted.
Auburn put up 22 points in game one but was unable to stop the strong attack from Arkansas newcomer Christina Lawrence who had five kills and two blocks and junior Denitza Koleva who contributed three kills and two blocks. Amobi and Shanks accounted for eight total kills in the first game.
The Tigers put up a strong effort late in game two with Arkansas leading, 21-14; led by five kills from Amobi. AU was helped by four Arkansas errors at the end as the gap was closed to four but the Ladybacks prevailed, taking the two-game lead with a score of 30-25. The Ladybacks posted eight more kills in game two than the Tigers but AU had three fewer errors.
After the 10-minute break AU looked like a different team as the group dominated from the beginning and led by as much as 14 several times at the end of the game. The Ladybacks committed 12 attack errors in game three alone and AU posted six more kills which made a difference in the win, 30-14.
Game four looked much like one and two with Arkansas controlling the momentum of the match after the game was tied at 10 all. The Ladybacks turned in eight more kills and had four less errors in the game to take the match, 30-16.
Auburn returns home next weekend for matches with Georgia on Friday night at 7 p.m. and #4 Florida on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The Tigers will honor its two seniors - Jennifer Amobi and Bailey Veit - on Friday evening before the match.