Nov. 13, 2005
Knoxville, Tenn. -
In the final match of the season, the Auburn volleyball team fell to Tennessee, 30-19, 30-14, 30-17, as the Lady Vol's celebrated Senior Day in the Stokely Athletic Center. The Tigers finish at 8-15, 2-14 (SEC) on the season and Tennessee ends the regular season 19-7, 13-3 (SEC).
For the match, Dalia Naidzinavicute led the offense with nine kills on 21 attempts for an attack of .286. Freshman Jessica Glover turned in a new career high in kills with six to tie with Rachel Shanks who also contributed toward the Tiger point total.
On defense, Shanks posted nine digs and Bailey Veit had four. Three Tigers turned in two block assists each - Julie Bosler, Whitney Jacob and Joanna Pappas. Pappas had 31 assists in the setting position.
Tennessee took the early lead, 30-19, in game one as Auburn turned in just a .143 attack percentage compared to the Lady Vol's .433. Jennifer Amobi and Naidzinaviciute each contributed four kills but had seven errors between the pair. Pappas got off to a good start with 14 assists.
The Lady Vol's carried over its momentum from the first game and picked up the 2-0 lead, 30-14. Auburn scored sparadically throughout the game and was never able to pull off a string of points. In game two the Tigers hit a lower .138 but reduced its errors by five. AU had just eight total kills on 30 attempts (compared to 14 on 35 in game one) in game two.
In game three, Auburn improved to turn in an attack of .138 with 10 kills on 29 attempts and six errors. Tennessee had its best game of the match with an attack of .500 with 18 kills on 30 attempts and just three errors.
Tennessee will move on to the SEC Tournament next week in Tuscaloosa, Ala., as the second seed overall, just behind Florida.