Tigers Clip Golden Eagles, 3-0
Sept. 11, 2004
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The Auburn volleyball team snapped a two-match losing streak with a 3-0 victory over Oral Roberts in AU’s final match of the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational on Saturday night. Game scores were 30-23, 30-27, 30-27.
Senior Ashlee Johns led the Tigers with 14 kills on 26 attempts with just four errors for a .385 attack percentage. Junior Jennifer Amobi and freshman Rachel Shanks both chipped in 10 kills. Senior Jennifer Buckert dug 14 ORU attacks while freshman Whitney Jacob led the Tigers at the net, blocking five Golden Eagle attacks.
“We came out with some confidence and enthusiasm and were aggressive from point one,” AU Coach Laura Farina said. “Jordan Elliott’s first serve of the match was an ace and it seemed to set the tone that allowed the team to be successful.”
The Tigers showed a resiliency in the match which they had not shown earlier in the tournament. After taking a two-games-to-none lead into the break after two relatively close games, AU found itself down by three points, 17-14, in game three.
The Tigers pulled it together following a timeout called by Farina to knot the score at 17-17 before taking the lead on a Bailey Veit solo block. The Tigers would never relinquish that lead, though they did allow the Golden Eagles to tie the score two times after that, the last coming at 20-20.
“(Oral Roberts) is a potential NCAA team. They have been in the NCAA tournament in the past and they are going to play some good teams this year. They took St. Mary’s to five games earlier today. They are going to upset some people during the year and that only strengthens our schedule,” Farina said.
The win moved the Tigers to 4-3 on the season and dropped ORU, which has an RPI much higher than Auburn, to 2-5.
Auburn finished the tournament 1-2, downing ORU and falling to St. Mary’s, which is receiving votes in the latest USA Today/AVCA Top-25 poll, and Oregon State.
Amobi finished the tournament with a team-best 31 kills and a 3.44 KPG mark while Buckert’s 27 digs (3.00 DPG) led the Tigers defensively. Both Veit and Jacob finished with seven total blocks.
The Tigers return to the court on Friday night, Sept. 17, as AU plays host to the War Eagle Invitational with Belmont, Jackson State and UAB. The Tigers will face Belmont in their first match, scheduled for 7 p.m. CT in the Student Activities Center. Admission to all AU home matches is free.
Auburn 30 30 30
Oral Roberts 23 27 27