Nov. 7, 2007
AUBURN - Senior Rachel Shanks posted a career-high 25 kills while freshman libero Liz Crouch chipped in 30 digs, but it was not enough as the Auburn volleyball team (11-17, 3-14 SEC) dropped a 3-1 match to Georgia (17-10, 8-9 SEC) Tuesday night in the Student Act.
The Bulldogs held off an Auburn comeback to win game one, 30-25 and followed up with a 30-17 win in game two to go up 2-0. The Tigers came out of the break for a 32-30 win in the third game, but could not keep the momentum long enough in game for as Auburn fell, 30-27.
Head coach Laura Farina was impressed with the way her team fought back in the final two games, especially in the performances of Crouch and Shanks.
"I thought we competed well in three of the four games and it was unfortunate that it ended in game four after putting such a nice run together," said Farina. "I thought we had a great performance out of Liz Crouch tonight, it was a phenomenal match by her and it was nice to see that performance.
"Rachel Shanks bounced back really well from last weekend and we have some positive things going in to Friday night's match against Arkansas."
The Tigers are set for their home finale and Senior Night as the Lady Razorbacks (10-16, 4-12 SEC) come in to town for a 7 p.m., Friday match in the Student Activities Center.
For Shanks, her 25 kills ties her career-high, matching her 25-kill effort against Virginia Tech on Sept. 2, 2006. Her 22 digs in the match come within one of her career-high while setting a new season-best.
The 30-dig output from Crouch is the most out of an Auburn player this season and is the second-most of anyone in the SEC in a four-game match in 2007. The mark also ranks in a tie for third all-time at Auburn and is the second-most among Auburn players in four-game matches.
Senior Jelena Sekulic finished the match with one of her best outings of the season, finishing second to Shanks with 19 kills while also picking up 23 digs. Fellow senior Whitney Jacob finished in double figures as well, tallying 13 kills in the match.
Coming in to the match, Auburn had five 20-dig performances all season, but nearly doubled it as Crouch, Sekulic and Shanks all finished with 20 or more digs.