Nov. 4, 2007
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - After winning game one, the Auburn volleyball team (11-15, 3-13 SEC) could not hold off a surging Alabama (15-10, 12-4 SEC) as the Crimson Tide pulled out a 3-1 win to take the season series, 2-0.
The Tigers won the first game, 32-30, but lost the next two (24-30, 27-30) despite comeback attempts. Auburn held a five-point lead late in game four, but could only watch as Alabama scored seven straight points for the 30-28 game and match win.
"I thought we played so much better today than we did Friday night, which is a major relief," said head coach Laura Farina. "But, we have got to keep our poise and composure better late in the match than we currently are."
The Tigers were led by senior Whitney Jacob with her 18 kills and 10 digs. She was near perfect as she tallied only one attack error in the match and finished with a .472 attack percentage.
Three other Auburn players finished in double figures. Jessica Glover hit .417 while picking up 15 kills. Seniors Jelena Sekulic and Rachel Shanks finished the match with 13 and 12 kills, respectively. The duo also finished with double-doubles as Shanks tied for match-high with 19 digs, followed by Sekulic with 15.
Freshman libero Liz Crouch also tallied 19 digs in the match while fellow freshman Alyssa Davis led the team with five blocks.
"We out-played Alabama in every area of the game except for the scoreboard," said Farina. "It is making plays when you need to make plays and that is where we came up short today."
The Tigers hit .250 as a team, compared to Alabama's .236. The teams were even in kills as both finished with 66.
Auburn returns home for a pair of matches this week. The Tigers take on Georgia at 7 p.m., Wednesday in the Student Act. Senior Night is planned for Friday at 7 p.m. as Auburn takes on Arkansas at 7 p.m.
Glover exploded in the first game with eight kills, leading Auburn to the 32-30 win. AU hit .370 in the game with only four attack errors in picking up the win.
Alabama led through most of the first half of the match, but the Tigers rallied and tied the game at 18-18 and scored four of the next five points for a 22-19 lead. The Crimson Tide came back and the teams traded the lead, but Auburn was able to capitalize on back-to-back Alabama errors with the score tied at 30-30 to get the win.
The Crimson Tide jumped out to another early lead in game two, but were able to sustain this time and built the lead to eight at the 19-11 mark. The Tigers inched back in the game, though, cutting the lead to 25-24, but Alabama was able to pull away for the 30-24 win.
Jacob and Rachel Shanks led Auburn with three kills each in the game.
Alabama came out strong after the break, taking a quick 8-3 lead. The Crimson Tide never looked back after that as Auburn could only get as close as 27-25. The Tiger comeback ran out of time as UA won 30-27. Jacob led Auburn with seven kills in the game.
Auburn rallied mid-way through game four to take the lead and hold it until the end, but could not suppress a surging Alabama team that scored seven straight points to win 30-28. Jacob had four kills for the Tigers in the game.