Tigers Come Up Short Against UNC Greensboro
At War Eagle Invitational
September 14, 2002
AUBURN – With the match tied at one game apiece and Auburn ahead by 11 points in the third game, UNC Greensboro went on a 20-7 run to take game three and then closed out the match in game four to defeat the host Tigers, 3-1, in the War Eagle Invitational at the Student Activities Center on Saturday morning. The loss drops the Tigers to 1-7 on the season while UNCG improves to 2-7.
The first game of the match was not a pretty one statistically as Auburn connected for a .026 hitting percentage while the Spartans were not much better at .054. With Auburn down a point, 20-19, UNCG went on a 10-4 run for the win.
Game two started out with UNCG on a tear as the Spartans pulled ahead 12-5 in the early going. Auburn then started to play tough, evening the game at 16-16. The two sides played neck and neck from there on out with neither team pulling away. The Tigers kept their poise, however, and pulled out the 30-28 victory to knot the match at one all.
A time out by the Spartans midway through the third game with Auburn up 20-13 turned out to be the turning point of the match as UNCG rallied to knot the game at 22-22 before winning 30-27.
The fourth game was all Spartans as they jumped out to a 10-3 lead en route to the 30-21 game four and match victory.
“We started to compete too late,” Auburn Coach Laura Farina said. “We couldn’t find any momentum after game three and we failed to put forth a consistent effort as a team.”
AU’s Brittney Diaz and UNCG’s Kim Dayton each tallied 15 kills to lead their respective teams. Lauren Couch finished the match with 38 assists for the Tigers. For the match, the Spartans out hit the Tigers .171 to .159.
The War Eagle Invitational continues on Saturday with Wyoming and Middle Tennessee State squaring off at 2 p.m. while UNCG and Wyoming will meet at 7 p.m. Auburn will play host to yoming on Sunday at 2 p.m.