April 4, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Auburn Volleyball team played in their second set of spring matches in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday afternoon. The Tigers played against SEC rivals Mississippi State and Alabama, splitting the matches.
In its first exhibition match of the day Auburn defeated Mississippi State, 25-26, 25-20, 15-13. They went on to split the fist two games against Alabama 21-25 and 26-24, but dropped their third set, 15-8.
"It was a good weekend for us," said associate head coach Chris Campbell. "We spent a lot of time working on our blocking defense. We also spent a lot of time working on our serving, and we served quite well in both matches. It was gratifying to see area we have been addressing show improvement on court, it was a very good step for us. "
In preparation for the 2009 SEC Coaches Beach Volleyball Championship, April 18-19 in Siesta Key, Fla., the Tigers also took part in a sand volleyball exhibition in the afternoon.
"We did well, there were good results there," said Campbell. "A lot of these girls are just learning the outdoor game, which is significantly different. This is a great learning experience for us and it definitely helps to prepare us for two weeks down the road in Florida."
The Tigers will play one more match before finishing off spring training at the SEC Coaches Beach Volleyball Championship. Auburn will welcome in-state opponent Jacksonville State to the AU Student Activities Center for a match on Saturday, April 11.