Nov. 8, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn volleyball team gave seventh-ranked Missouri a tough fight, but the Mizzou offense proved to be too much for the Tigers in a 3-0 loss (17-25, 21-25, 22-25) on Friday night at the Student Activities Center.
Auburn (15-9, 6-6 SEC) fell for just the fourth time this season when hitting above .200 as a team and kept things close throughout most of the match. However, Mizzou (28-0, 12-0 SEC) hit .357 on the night, its 26th time in 28 matches above the .300 mark and a season-high by an Auburn opponent. In fact, the top two opponent hitting percentages this season have been by Mizzou as they hit .351 in the season's earlier meeting.
"Missouri's a very good team," Auburn head coach Rick Nold said. "I thought we did some good things offensively, but we had some breakdowns, and a team like Missouri is going to take advantage when you do that. We really needed to be aggressive and get them out of system a lot more than we did, and I think that was the difference.
"(The key is) always going to be the first contact, no matter what game or what level you're playing. They beat us in the first contact part, and it's going to be tough to play from behind against a team like that when you're out of system as much as we were."
Despite being out of system much of the night, the Tigers' offense was able to find some success. Kathia Rud led the way with 13 kills on the night, and Katherine Culwell had 11 kills and hit a team-best .333 on the night, narrowly missing a double-double with nine digs. Camila Jersonsky had nine kills and came up big in some key spots, and Stephanie Campbell added five kills from the right side. Chelsea Wintzinger was the Tigers' top setter on the night with 24 assists.
Sarah Wroblicky was the match's top defender with 13 digs, and the Tigers were able to put up six blocks on the night. Emily Klitzke, Culwell and Courtney McDonald were in on three blocks apiece, and Jersonsky added a pair of blocks as well.
For Missouri, Lisa Henning led the way with 17 kills and hit .382. Carly Kan had 12 kills on .400 hitting and added 10 digs for a double-double, and Wmily Wilson posted 11 kills and hit a team-best .455. Setter Molly Kreklow was held in check offensively but added 42 assists.
Friday's contest marked the final Auburn volleyball match at the Student Activities Center, where the Tigers played the vast majority of their home matches over the last 28 seasons. The Tigers have made Auburn Arena their primary facility beginning this season, and will play the remainder of their home matches there.
On Sunday, the Tigers are back at Auburn Arena for a 1:30 p.m. match against the Arkansas Razorbacks. Admission is free to all home Auburn volleyball matches. Sunday is Military Appreciation Day, and the first 500 fans will receive a free mini-American flag at the door.