Nov. 4, 2005
Auburn, Ala. -
With emotions high on Friday evening as the group honored its two seniors, Jennifer Amobi and Bailey Veit, the Auburn volleyball team played a close four-game tilt with Georgia with both teams looking for a crucial win to earn a spot at the SEC Championship in two weeks. The Bulldogs battled the Tigers and came out ahead, 30-24, 30-27, 17-30, 30-23.
"Bailey is my first player who has played all four years at Auburn," fourth-year AU head coach Laura Farina commented. "Anything we have ever asked Bailey to do she has done with optimism and belief in every role she has played. Jennifer and I have had a long and fun history together; I recruited her to Marquette and she was a phenomenal player there and when I came down here she transferred to Penn State before coming to AU. We relied on her night-in and night-out for kills."
For the match, Auburn (8-13, 2-11 SEC) had three players in double figures in kills with Amobi and Whitney Jacob leading the way with 11 each. Julie Bosler contributed 10 along with four blocks. Jacob turned in a spectacular nine blocks (three solo) to lead the group and set a new career-best and tie the season high mark.
"I thought a lot of our players did what we asked them to do and what we needed them to do," Farina noted. "I told the team in the locker room after game two that we just need to battle it out to 30, it is a brand new ballgame in the third game. I thought the team responded really well after game two and we just fell short in game four."
Three Tigers posted double-digit digs as Veit led the defense with 17. Rachel Shanks had 15 and Joanna Pappas tied a career best with 11. With Veit's 17 digs, she inched closer to the 1,000-dig mark and needs just 35 more to become only the sixth player in AU history to accomplish the feat.
The road ahead for Auburn does not get any easier as the Tigers meet #6 Florida on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in the Student Activities Center. The match will be the final one at home for AU as the group travels to South Carolina and Tennessee next weekend.
"We just need to go out there and play aggressively and just go after it," Farina said. "The team is excited to play Florida and it will be an emotional match again as it is our final home match of the season."