Oct. 31, 2010
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Auburn volleyball team dropped a three-set match to the Kentucky Wildcats Sunday afternoon, 3-0 (16-25, 24-26, 23-25), at the Memorial Coliseum. The loss brought the Tigers to 16-10 on the season and 7-7 in the SEC.
"It was a tough loss for us today," head coach Wade Benson said. "We are going to have to regroup this week at practice and be prepared for another tough SEC weekend at home."
Sophomore Sarah Bullock led all attackers with 11 kills, while junior Kelly Fidero finished with six and freshman Kathia Rud had five. Seniors Morgan Johns and Alyssa Davis and freshman Camila Jersonsky each tallied four kills for the Tigers. Christina Solverson had a team-best 16 assists on the day.
Defensively, senior Liz Crouch had 10 digs and redshirt freshman Vesela Zapryanova finished with nine digs for Auburn. Jersonsky, Davis and Johns each had three blocks, while Rud tallied two blocks.
Lauren Rapp and Becky Pavan finished with 10 kills each for Kentucky (13-11, 7-7 SEC). Christine Hartmann and Stephanie Klefot recorded 13 digs apiece, while Hartmann had a match-high 31 assists.
The first set opened with Kentucky taking a quick 7-0 lead. Kills by Johns and Bullock cut the Wildcat lead to five at 9-4 and kills from Jersonsky and Bullock kept the Tigers within six points at 14-8. Kentucky, however, was too much in the first set and won by a score of 25-16.
A kill by Davis and a pair of Wildcat errors gave the Tigers a 5-2 advantage at the start of the second set, but Kentucky fought back to tie the score at eight apiece and a four-point Wildcat rally gave the home team a 12-9 lead. Auburn utilized a 12-2 run, highlighted by three kills and a block from Jersonsky, to go up 22-15. However, Kentucky wasn't finished as the Wildcats capped the set with a 12-2 run of their own to win 26-24.
The two squads battled in the final set until Auburn rattled off a five-point rally to hold a 9-4 lead. A kill from Fidero and a block from Davis and Rud pushed the Tigers to a six-point 12-6 advantage. The Wildcats, however, capitalized on a 6-1 rally to come within a point at 19-18 and then tied it up at 20-20. Kentucky finished out the set with a 25-23 win.
Auburn returns home to host a pair of SEC East opponents in South Carolina and No. 1 Florida. The Tigers take on the Gamecocks at 7 p.m. on Nov. 5 and follow with a 1 p.m. match against the top-ranked Gators on Nov. 7. Both matches will be played at the Student Activities Center and admission is free.