Auburn Volleyball Hosts Auburn/Mizuno Challenge

Aug. 31, 2006

AUBURN, Ala. -

The Auburn volleyball team will open up its 2006 home schedule by hosting the Auburn/Mizuno Challenge on Sept. 1-2.  The Tigers will take on Arizona State at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Student Activities Center.  AU will then face-off against Virginia Tech at noon and #16 Purdue at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Series History
 AU will face Arizona State and Purdue for the second time in history, trailing each series 1-0.  The Tigers and Sun Devils played last season with ASU defeating Auburn, 3-0, while Purdue holds the advantage after a 3-1 win back in 1992.  Auburn and Virginia Tech will meet for the third time, with the series split 1-1.  The Tigers won the first matchup, 3-1 in 1989 and the Hokies evened it up with a 3-0 victory in 2002.

Recapping Last Week
 The Tigers opened the 2006 season with a 3-0 victory over Louisiana-Monroe on Aug. 25 at the SMU Invitational, 30-17, 30-23, 30-10.  AU  then swept Prairie View A&M, 30-20, 30-16, 30-17 to set up the tournament title match against SMU.  Auburn came out strong, winning the first game 30-27.  The Mustangs answered back by taking games two and three (30-28, 30-25) before the Tigers clawed their way to a win in the fourth game (30-19).  The fifth game was close, but SMU came out on top, 15-12.
 Auburn was back out on the road on Tuesday for a showdown against Kennesaw State, who was playing its first ever home volleyball match.  The Tigers put a damper on the Owls opener by bringing home a 30-23, 30-16, 30-20 win.

Tigers on the Air
 The AU team welcomes back Ben Taylor as their play-by-play announcer for all home matches.  Taylor will be joined again by John Searby who will the the analyst.  Tiger fans can listen to volleyball matches via the WANI-AM 1400 web site ( or the Auburn site (

Friday's match against Arizona State will be Schedule Magnet Night.  The first 250 fans will receive a 2006 AU schedule magnet.

Parking Information for Volleyball Fans
From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., a van will run from the Facilities Division parking lot (W. Samford Avenue) to transport fans to and from the coliseum drop-off point for the 10 a.m. and noon matches. At 2:45 p.m., the game day shuttle service will begin at the designated locations and fans may ride the shuttle to the coliseum drop-off point and walk to the Student Act for the 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. matches. There is return service for the fans following the 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. matches.


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