Volleyball Drops Two at Deacon Invitational
August 31, 2002
Winston-Salem, N.C.—The Auburn volleyball team was defeated by Virginia Tech, 30-16, 30-24, 30-21, and Ohio University, 30-17, 31-29, 30-24, Saturday at the Deacon Invitational on the campus of Wake Forest. Auburn dropped to 0-3 on the season, while Virginia Tech improved to 1-1 and Ohio University improved to 3-0.
In the early match against Virginia Tech, the Hokie defense held Auburn to a .073 attack percentage with 54 digs and 41 kills. Auburn’s Kathia McKenzie led the Tigers with a game-high 11 kills and six digs.
The Tigers and Hokies went back-and-forth in game one before Virginia Tech reeled off a 12-point run to put the game away at 30-16. In the second game, Auburn rallied back from 24-15 to come within four points of Virginia Tech at 26-22, but the Hokies responded by closing out the game with a 30-24 score. The Hokies proved too strong for the Tigers in game three as Virginia Tech used a 10-point run midway through the game to put the match out of reach and finish with a 30-21 win.
In the evening match against Ohio, the Tigers played one of their better matches but were eventually edged out by the Bobcats, 30-17, 31-21, 30-24. In game one, Auburn stayed with Ohio by tying the game at 15-15, but the Bobcats went on a 13-point unanswered streak to put the game away.
The second game featured eight lead changes, but the Tigers were on the wrong end of the last lead change as Ohio took the 2-0 match lead. Auburn was on the verge of winning the second game as they had the Bobcats at 29-26, but Ohio fought back and sneaked out a 31-29 win. The Tigers were defeated, 30-24, in the third game.
Auburn returns to action when they travel to Hartford, Conn., to participate in the University of Hartford Tournament Friday, Sept. 6, against Sam Houston, Hartford and Marist. The Tigers will take on Sam Houston at 2 p.m.