Sept. 3, 2012
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AUBURN, Ala. -
The Auburn volleyball team looks to extend its longest winning streak since 2003 as the Tigers make the short trek to in-state rival Troy for a 7 p.m. match Tuesday at Sartain Hall.
Live stats and live video will be available via TroyTrojans.com, and fans can follow @AUVolleyball on Twitter for live updates from press row.
The Tigers (6-0) are off to their best start to a season since 1991 when the team won seven straight matches to open the year. Dating back to the final match of the 2011 season, Auburn has won seven consecutive matches - the longest winning streak since 2003 - and is just two wins shy of matching the all-time school record for consecutive victories. Auburn's 1990 and 2003 teams each won nine consecutive matches in non-conference play.
Two more wins for the Tigers would also bring Auburn volleyball back to .500 all-time. Auburn's volleyball program, in its 41st season, has an all-time record of 545-547-4 (.499) since records have been kept starting with the 1974 season.
Auburn enters Tuesday's match coming off two straight tournament victories, having claimed titles at the season-opening Green Bay/Country Inn & Suites Tournament and last week's War Eagle Invitational. Senior Sarah Bullock and junior Camila Jersonsky were named to the all-tournament teams at both events, while junior Katherine Culwell was the MVP of the War Eagle Invitational and junior Sarah Wroblicky earned an all-tournament nod in Green Bay.
Bullock leads the Tigers with 57 kills (2.85/set) so far in 2012, and she ranks third on the team in digs with 56 (2.80/set). She continues to climb the career record charts in several categories as well. Bullock has 958 career kills, just 42 shy of becoming the 13th member of Auburn's 1,000-kill club. She has also moved up to 9th all-time with 2,881 career attacks and is just 32 attempts shy of the 8th-place spot. Bullock also has 915 career digs, only 49 away from entering Auburn's all-time top 10.
Jersonsky, meanwhile, heads into the week ranked fourth in the SEC in attack percentage at a .432 clip. For the season, Jersonsky has 55 kills on 111 attempts with just seven errors, and she led all hitters at last week's War Eagle Invitational with a .500 mark (22 kills, one error, 42 attempts). And freshman Ciara Richards leads the Southeastern Conference in service aces after two weeks with 12 in 21 sets (0.57/set).
The Tigers enter the week hitting .231 as a team but holding opponents to a .146 percentage, fourth-best in the SEC. Auburn also ranks second in the league in digs (17.05/set), led by Wroblicky, who ranks fourth in the SEC with 4.76 per set.
Troy (3-3) enters Tuesday's contest on a three-match winning streak of its own after capturing the tournament title at the First State Skyhawk Invitational in Martin, Tenn., over the weekend. The Trojans earned wins over UT Martin, DePaul and Wright State to pull back to even on the season after dropping their first three matches to Georgia State, Georgia and Georgia Southern.
Blair Winston leads the Trojans with 63 kills (2.62/set), and Breanna Cullity has added 58 kills (2.42/set). The Trojans are averaging 11.0 kills/set with a .158 hitting percentage, but they have been strong defensively with 17.8 digs/set, second-best in the Sun Belt.
Auburn is 13-0 all-time against the Trojans, dating back to 1974, including a 2-0 mark in matches played at Troy. The last meeting came Sept. 7, 2010, at Troy with Auburn claiming a 3-0 win.
The match was originally scheduled for last Tuesday but was postponed because of travel concerns related to Hurricane Isaac.