Sept. 8, 2008
Troy Match Notes
AUBURN - The Auburn volleyball team (3-4) returns to action Tuesday with a 7 p.m. match at in-state rival Troy (4-3). The match will take place in Troy's Trojan Arena.
The Tigers are coming off a 3-0 weekend at the Mercer Bear Brawl. Auburn earned its first win of the season, downing Bethune-Cookman in a 3-0 sweep (25-16, 25-20, 25-16). The Tigers followed up with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-15) win over Presbyterian before capping off the weekend with a 3-2 (21-25, 25-23, 25-23, 16-25, 15-12) win over Georgia Southern.
Leading the Tigers was sophomore transfer Jonelle Wallace as she finished the tournament averaging 3.09 kills per set with a .508 attack percentage. For her efforts, Wallace was named to the Bear Brawl All-Tournament Team.
Troy enters the match with a 4-3 record, coming off a 3-1 weekend after participating in the University of Memphis Tournament. The Trojans led off with a 3-2 loss to Indiana State before rebounding for three straight wins over IUPUI (3-1), Iona (3-1) and host Memphis (3-2).
"Troy is a good in-state rival for us as they are right in our back yard," said head coach Wade Benson. "We match up very well against them and this is another good opportunity to go out and see how much we have improved."
Even after going 3-0 last weekend, Benson still keeps the focus off the win-loss column, instead focusing on the team's improvement leading up to the start of SEC play on Sept. 19.
"Our main focus right now is still our improvement from match to match," said Benson. "We are still very young and improving and gaining good match experience is a lot more important that wins or losses."
Even though a win is not the focus of the team right now, a victory would put Benson on a new plateau as it would be the 200th of his career. Benson enters the match with a 199-66 career record as a head coach with 42 of them coming during his time as head coach at NAIA-member Western Oregon. As a NCAA Division I head coach, Benson holds a 157-99 record.