Junior Rachel Shanks and the Tigers host the Auburn/Mizuno Challenge this weekend.
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.
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 (www.wani1400.com) or the Auburn site (www.auburntigers.com).
Friday's match against Arizona State will be Schedule Magnet Night. The first 250 fans will receive a 2006 AU schedule magnet.
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.