Nov. 10, 2006
AUBURN, Ala. -
The Auburn University volleyball team defeated Mississippi State, 3-2 (30-18, 23-30, 33-31, 19-30, 15-12) on Friday at the Student Activities Center, snapping its six-match losing streak. The win evens the season-series between the SEC West schools at 1-1. With the win, AU improves to 13-15 overall and 5-12 in the SEC, while Mississippi St. drops to 16-11 overall and 7-10 in the conference.
Junior Rachel Shanks led the Tigers with 18 kills, 13 digs and five blocks for her 17th double-double of the season and ninth-straight match with 10-plus kills. Sophomore Jessica Glover collected her 14th double-double with 17 kills and 11 digs, while adding a career-high four aces. Junior Whitney Jacob chipped in 12 kills, seven blocks and seven digs, and senior Julie Bosler registered seven blocks as well.
"That was a hard fought win for our team," head coach Laura Farina said. "We fell asleep in a couple of games, but we battled back and worked our way through it."
Auburn came out hot in game one, leading 6-2 early. The Bulldogs cut the lead to one (8-7), but AU went on a 5-0 run and eventually stretched its lead to double-digits. An ace by sophomore Joanna Pappas closed out the first, 30-18, AU's largest lead of the game. Shanks and Glover dominated the opening stanza with seven and six kills, while also hitting .500 and .625, respectively.
MSU had a brief lead in game two, but the Tigers tied it up at seven and battled their way to its first and last advantage of the game, 11-10. Mississippi State began to pull away slowly, before a 5-1 run brought AU to within one. The Bulldogs took control from there and scored the game's three final points, winning 30-23 heading into intermission.
Auburn held a 6-3 advantage early in game three, but MSU battled back to take the lead, 8-7. The Bulldogs held AU at arm's length for most of the stanza until the Tigers woke up. Trailing 28-24, Auburn caught fire and scored five unanswered points. MSU called a timeout and scored the next point, but AU answered and tied the game at 29. The team's exchanged blows, but the Tigers scored the stanza's final two points, ending on a kill by Glover, to win 33-31.
Mississippi State never trailed in game four, and Auburn managed only four kills as the Bulldogs ran away with the fourth, 30-19, setting up game five.
An ace by Glover opened up the fifth, as AU opened up with a 6-3 lead. MSU came back to tie the stanza at eight and scored the next point to take a 9-8 lead, but that would be its last of the match. Auburn took the lead and took control, finishing the game with with back-to-back points to win, 15-12.
The Tigers will remain in Auburn for its final home match of the season, as they face Ole Miss on Sunday at 1:30 p.m., at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum. Sunday will be Senior Day as Auburn will honor its two seniors, Julie Bosler and Dalia Naidzinaviciute.