Auburn Concludes NCAA Tournament Run
Kelly Fidero

Dec. 3, 2010

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LINCOLN, Neb. - The Auburn volleyball team concluded its history-making season with a 3-0 (25-10, 25-17, 25-) loss to No. 2 Nebraska in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament Friday night at the NU Coliseum on the campus of the University of Nebraska.

The 2010 season proved to be a special one as the Tigers reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. The team concluded the year with a 21-13 overall record and the 21 total wins are the most for Auburn since the 1998 season.

"It was a tough way to go out, but this has been a big season for us regardless," head coach Wade Benson said. "This team made huge strides as a program and have paved the way for the future of Auburn volleyball. I'm very proud of this team and all they have accomplished."

Sophomore Sarah Bullock finished with seven kills for the Tigers, while senior Morgan Johns and Kelly Fidero had four apiece. Junior setter Christina Solverson had 12 assists and senior libero Liz Crouch finished with a team-best seven digs.

Nebraska (29-2) was led by Morgan Broekhuis with a match-best eight kills. Tara Mueller had seven kills, while setter Sydney Anderson tallied 14 assists. Hannah Werth and Kayla Banwarth concluded with 11 and 10 digs, respectively.

The Huskers took a 6-2 lead at the start of the first set, but a kill by Fidero and a block from Alyssa Davis and Bullock brought the Tigers within two at 8-6. Nebraska, however, responded with a 12-point run to go up 20-6. A pair of Husker errors and a service ace from Bullock slowed Nebraska for a bit, but the Huskers went on to win 25-10.

The second set opened with the Huskers taking a 3-1 advantage and pushing ahead at 9-4. A kill by Kathia Rud and a Husker error cut the Nebraska lead at 9-6 and kills by Camila Jersonsky and Johns kept the Nebraska lead to four at 14-10. Kill by Rud and a block from Jersonsky and Rud brought Auburn within six at 23-17, but the Huskers pulled away to take the set 25-17.

The two squads battled early in the third set until a three-point Auburn rally gave the Tigers an 8-7 lead. Kills from Bullock and Fidero pushed Auburn ahead at 10-8 and a kill from Johns set the score at 12-10. The Huskers fought back to tie the set at 12-12 and regained the lead at 14-13. The Huskers closed out the match on a 11-1 run to win 25-15.