Tigers Drop Pair at University of Hartford
Volleyball Fall Invitational
September 6, 2002
Hartford, Conn. — The Auburn University volleyball team lost their first two games at the University of Hartford Volleyball Fall Invitational to Sam Houston, 30-21, 30-18, 30-26, in the first match then Hartford, 30-25, 30-25, 24-30, 27-30, 15-5, in the evening match. Auburn went to 0-5 on the season with the losses, while Sam Houston improved to 4-2 and Hartford went to 3-1.
In the first match against Sam Houston, the Tigers and Bearkats went back and forth in the beginning of game one before Sam Houston pulled away from an 8-8 tie to win 30-21. In the second game, Sam Houston jumped out to an early lead with a five-point unanswered streak, but the Tigers fought back with their own five-point streak to tie the game at nine. With the game tied at 10, the Bearkats went on a five-point and six-point unanswered streak late in the game to win 30-18.
Auburn responded in the beginning of the third game by scoring the games first six points. Auburn led the match until Sam Houston tied it at 18. The two teams traded points before the Bearkats put the game and match away with a 30-26 win. Auburn was led during the match by senior Kathia McKenzie’s 11 kills and freshman Alex Doherty’s 10 digs.
In the evening match, Auburn never got on track in the first game as the Hawks won 30-25. The Tigers tied it at 13, but Hartford never relinquished its lead for the rest of the game. Hartford used a seven and five-point unanswered streak in the second game to win 30-25 and go up 2-0 in the match. Auburn came within three at 28-25, but Hartford proved to be too strong and closed out the game.
The Tigers came back in game three and won 30-24 to close the gap of the match to 2-1. The Hawks tied the game at 19, but that would be as close as Hartford would get as Auburn won the next point and closed out the match. Auburn battled out a win that saw 14 ties in game four. Hartford tied the game at 23, but the Tigers clawed out the 30-27 win.
In the deciding game, Hartford came out of the gate with a 10-3 lead and closed out the match with a 15-5 win.
Auburn will face off against Marist in the Tigers final game of the invitational on Saturday.