Auburn Volleyball Hosts Mercer Wednesday Night
Aug. 31, 2010
AUBURN, Ala. - Fresh off a successful season-opening weekend, the Auburn volleyball squad is set to entertain Mercer Wednesday night at the Student Activities Center. The undefeated Tigers (3-0) face the Bears (0-4) in a 6 p.m. match and admission is free.
"We're excited for Mercer to come here," head coach Wade Benson said. "We're going to try some different set ups and force some of the new faces to step up. This match will provide that opportunity for us."
Auburn holds a 3-1 series advantage over Mercer with the first-ever meeting coming in 1995, where the Tigers came away with a 3-1 victory. In the two squads' last encounter in 2008, Mercer was on the winning side of a four-set match in Auburn.
Senior middle blocker Krista Hurley leads the Bears early in the season with 28 kills and a .235 attack percentage. Setter Bridget Sheerin has 70 assists on the year, while libero Charlotte Harris leads the squad with 64 digs. The Mercer squad is comprised of three seniors, four juniors, one sophomore and six freshmen.
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Sophomore Sarah Bullock was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after recording 32 kills and a .492 attack percentage on the weekend. Senior libero Liz Crouch and junior setter Christina Solverson were named to the all-tournament team.
Senior Lauren Mellor also set a career-best in service aces, tallying four against Troy. Junior setter Christina Solverson recorded a career-high 36 assists in the four-set win over Georgia Southern, while sophomore MacKenzy Harper had a career-best four services aces against the Eagles.
This past weekend, most were able to see the court and obtain valuable experience early in the season. In Auburn's three-set win over UT Martin on Aug. 28, three freshmen got the starting nod in Jersonsky, Rud and redshirt freshman Sarah Wroblicky. Rud finished with seven kills, while Jersonsky added three kills and a block. Wroblicky led the squad with eight digs and Wintzinger added 16 assists.
"We knew that the UT Martin match was going to be one of those where the young players needed to get the jitters out," Benson said. "Kathia (Rud) did a very nice job for us and Chelseas (Wintzinger) came in and showed no nerves. That match will turn out to be very important in the future for this team."
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