Auburn Volleyball Hosts Active Ankle Challenge

Sep 4, 2013


 Auburn Volleyball - Week 2
 Active Ankle Challenge
 Thursday, Sept. 5 Noon - Green Bay vs. Troy | Live Stats
5 p.m. - Troy vs. Mercer | Live Stats
7 p.m. - Auburn vs. Green Bay | Live Stats | Video Live Video
 Friday, Sept. 6 Noon - Auburn vs. Mercer | Live Stats | Video Live Video
5 p.m. - Mercer vs. Green Bay | Live Stats
7 p.m. - Auburn vs. Troy | Live Stats | Video Live Video
 Location  Auburn, Ala.| Student Activities Center
 Tickets  Free Admission
 Online  Twitter (@AUVolleyball)
 Additional Info  Auburn Notes Get Acrobat Reader | SEC Notes Get Acrobat Reader | Tournament Central

AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn Tigers look to build on the momentum from four wins to open the season last weekend as they host the Active Ankle Challenge this Thursday and Friday, Sept. 5-6, at the Student Activities Center in Auburn.

Auburn (4-0) welcomes Green Bay (1-2), Mercer (1-3) and Troy (2-2) to The Plains for the two-day event. Admission is free for all six matches.

The Tigers' first match will come against Green Bay at 7 p.m. Thursday. Auburn will then play Mercer at noon Friday, then close out the tournament with a match against Troy at 7 p.m. Friday.

AuburnTigers.com will have GameTracker for all six matches, and live video all three of Auburn's matches can be viewed via Auburn All-Access. Fans can also follow @AUVolleyball on Twitter for updates throughout the tournament.

All Weekend - Free giveaways from Active Ankle, while supplies last
Thursday 9/5 vs. Green Bay (7 p.m.) - Volleyball poster giveaway
Friday 9/6 vs. Mercer (Noon) - Auburn Faculty/Staff Day - AU Faculty and Staff can register to win a gift card from the AU Team Shop
Friday 9/6 vs. Troy (7 p.m.) - "Taste of Auburn" Tailgate Dish Contest - Fans encouraged to bring their best tailgate food dishes to the match for a chance to win a $100 gift card from the AU Team Shop

• Auburn has an all-time record of 560-560-4 (.500) in its 42nd season of intercollegiate volleyball.
• Auburn's all-time SEC record is 136-263 (.345).
• The Tigers were picked to finish fourth in the SEC Western Division.
• Auburn returns four starters plus the libero and nine letter-winners from its 2012 squad.
• Head Coach Rick Nold is in his third season at Auburn. He has a career head coaching record of 204-130 (11+ seasons) and is 32-32 in two seasons at Auburn.
• Seniors Katherine Culwell (7th - 732) and Camila Jersonsky (9th - 621) are among the top 10 active career kill leaders in the SEC.
• Senior Camila Jersonsky is Auburn's all-time leader in career hitting percentage (.356).
• Senior setter Chelsea Wintzinger earned her 2,000th career assist last week and is just 20 assists shy of moving into 5th all-time at Auburn.

The Tigers swept through the opening weekend of the 2013 season with four wins, claiming the Marcia E. Hamilton Classic tournament title with wins over Saint Louis (3-0), #10 Nebraska (3-1) and Louisiana-Monroe (3-0) on Friday and Saturday. Auburn also claimed a victory on the road at SIU Edwardsville on Sunday (3-0). The victory over Nebraska was the first in program history over a top-10 opponent and just the second over a nationally-ranked foe.

Senior Katherine Culwell was named the SEC Volleyball Player of the Week on Sept. 3 after the Tigers' 4-0 start to the season that included a win over No. 10 Nebraska. Culwell, a native of Dallas, Texas, was named the tournament MVP at the Marcia E. Hamilton Classic, where Auburn claimed the tournament title with a 3-0 record Friday and Saturday with wins over Saint Louis, No. 10 Nebraska and Louisiana-Monroe. She averaged 4.00 kills per set and 3.08 digs per set over a four-match weekend that included another win Sunday against SIU Edwardsville.

Culwell is the first Auburn player selected as the league's player of the week since Nov. 29, 2010, when Jonelle Wallace earned the league's weekly honor. Camila Jersonsky was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week twice last season.

Seniors Katherine Culwell and Camila Jersonsky are ranked in the top 10 among active SEC players in career kills. Culwell is 7th and Jersonsky is 9th. Top 10 below (research courtesy Shawn Davis, Mizzou):

 Player  School  Career Kills 2013 Kills
1. Lisa Henning Missouri 1,356 61
2. Juliette Thevenin South Carolina 1,163 39
3. Whitney Billings Kentucky 1,036

49

4. Desiree Elliott LSU 1,024

30

5. Brittany Northcutt Georgia 900

22

6. Kara Morgan Ole Miss 762 31
7. Katherine Culwell Auburn 732 52
8. Lauren O'Conner Kentucky 623

18

9. Camila Jersonsky Auburn 621 29
10. Chloe Mann Florida 567 35


 

• Green Bay enters the week at 1-2 overall. The Phoenix dropped 5-set decisions to Northern Illinois and #23 Ohio State last week before defeating Liberty in three sets in DeKalb, Ill.
• The Phoenix return 10 players from a team that went 15-14 overall last season, 6-8 in the Horizon League. Five seniors lead the way for UWGB.
• Senior Katie Mroczenski was named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week after recording 18 total blocks in Green Bay's loss to Ohio State, shattering a school record.
• Leah Van Zeeland and Shannon Hurley lead the Phoenix hitters, both averaging 3.15 kills/set.
• Michaela Franklin is in her first season as Green Bay's head coach and her first collegiate head coaching job. She was an assistant at Marquette the previous four years.
• Auburn is 2-0 all-time against Green Bay. The teams first met in 1998, then again last season.

LAST TIME: AUBURN 3, GREEN BAY 0 (8/25/12)
Auburn captured the Green Bay/Country Inn & Suites Tournament title, defeating host UW-Green Bay 3-0 (32-30, 28-26, 25-21) in a hard-fought match at the Kress Events Center. The Tigers got strong play from the middle of the floor with a combined 30 kills from tournament MVP Camila Jersonsky and junior Courtney McDonald. Jersonsky recorded a career-high 18 kills on 34 attacks with just two errors for a .471 hitting percentage, giving her 33 kills for the weekend. Sarah Bullock had nine kills and 10 digs, and Sarah Wroblicky earned an All-Tournament nod with 25 digs. McDonald finished one kill shy of a career-high with 12. Chelsea Wintzinger posted her first double-double of the year with 18 assists and 17 digs, and Katherine Culwell recorded seven kills along with 14 digs. Auburn out-hit Green Bay .231 to .182 and had 56 kills to their opponents' 43. Auburn also won the digs battle by one, 76-75, but Green Bay had nine blocks to Auburn's three.

• Mercer is 1-3 after dropping three of four matches at last week's UAB/Samford Invitational in Birmingham. The Bears defeated Jacksonville State and fell to UAB, Samford and Georgia State.
• The Bears were picked seventh in the Atlantic Sun Conference in 2013 after finishing sixth last year with an 11-18 record, 7-11 in the A-Sun.
• Head Coach Damian Elder is in his second season as the Bears' head coach. He has experience in the SEC as he was previously an assistant at South Carolina from 2006-10.
• Senior libero Emily Rochefort was the A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week, leading the league with 83 digs (5.93/set) over the four-match weekend.
• Caroline Carlton and Molly Locke lead the Mercer offense. Locke had 42 kills last week (3.00/set), while Carlton is hitting a team-best .204 with 2.79 kills/set.
• Auburn is 4-1 all-time against Mercer. The Tigers and Bears have split the last two meetings.

LAST TIME: AUBURN 3, MERCER 0 (9/1/10)
Auburn volleyball team improved to 4-0 on the season after topping Mercer, 3-0 (26-24, 25-22, 25-14), at the Student Activities Center. A total of 16 Tigers saw playing time in the victory. Jonelle Wallace led all attackers with 10 kills, while Kelly Fidero finished with nine. Chelsea Wintzinger recorded the first double-double of her career, finishing with 16 assists and 10 digs. Rachel Urbelis led Mercer (0-5) with seven kills and 12 digs, while Bridget Sheerin had 12 assists and Amie Frutchey tallied seven kills.

• Troy enters the week at 2-2 overall after posting a 1-2 mark at the Southern Miss Invitational (lost to SFA and Southern Miss; def. Jackson State) and then earning a 3-0 win over Georgia Southern at home on Monday.
• The Trojans were picked to finish second in the Sun Belt Conference, matching their 2012 finish when they went 21-12 overall, 10-5 in league play.
• Four starters return from last season, including preseason all-conference setter Alexandra Alexander and outside hitter Blair Winston.
• Marija Zelenovic leads the Trojan hitters with 4.36 kills/set, and libero Courtney Cohen averaged 5.29 digs/set in Troy's first four matches.
• Sonny Kirkpatrick picked up his 100th win at Troy on Monday against Georgia Southern. He is in his eighth season at Troy.
• Auburn is 14-0 all-time against Troy.

LAST TIME: AUBURN 3, TROY 0 (9/4/12)
Auburn picked up a 3-0 win over Troy (25-19, 25-21, 25-23) at Sartain Hall, equaling the best start to a season in school history. The Tigers (7-0) had won seven straight matches to open the season for just the second time in school history, matching a 7-0 start by the 1991 Tigers. Sarah Bullock picked up her second double-double of the season with 13 kills and 10 digs. Courtney McDonald matched her season-best with 12 kills, hitting at a .476 clip, and matched a career-high with five blocks on the night.

The Tigers will travel to in-state foe Jacksonville State for a single match Monday night, set to begin at 6 p.m. CT. Auburn will follow that up with a trip to South Bend, Ind., for the Shamrock Invitational next Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13-14, where they will face Oakland, Loyola-Chicago and host Notre Dame.