Oct. 1, 2013
|2013 Auburn Volleyball - Match #14|
|Auburn Tigers (9-4, 0-1 SEC) vs. Alabama Crimson Tide (12-3, 0-1 SEC)||Date/Time||Wednesday, Oct. 2 | 7 p.m. CT|
|Location||Auburn, Ala. | Auburn Arena|
|Online||Twitter (@AUVolleyball) | Live Video|
|Additional Info||Auburn Notes | SEC Notes|
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn Tigers (9-4) wrap up a three-match homestand Wednesday night as they play host to the Alabama Crimson Tide (12-3) at 7 p.m. at Auburn Arena. The match is the annual "All Auburn, All Orange" match, and fans are encouraged to wear orange.
Both teams are coming off losses to 18th-ranked Kentucky - the Tigers falling 3-0 on Friday night and the Tide dropping a 3-1 decision at home on Sunday afternoon.
For fans unable to make it to Auburn Arena, AuburnTigers.com will have live streaming video via Auburn All-Access with Brit Bowen and Chloe Rowand calling the action. Live stats will also be available via AuburnTigers.com, and fans can follow @AUVolleyball on Twitter for continuous updates.
TICKETS: Admission is free for all Auburn volleyball matches.
ENTERING THE ARENA: Fans should enter Auburn Arena through the Scholarship Entrance on the east side or through the Student Gate on the Arena's north side. The main entrance to the Arena will be closed; however, the Auburn Team Shop will be open prior to the match.
SEATING: All seating will be general admission in the bleachers at floor level. Fans will not be permitted to enter the main concourse or upper level of the Arena unless the floor level seats are filled to capacity.
CONCESSIONS & RESTROOMS: Concessions will be available at the Aubie Chow stand in the student lobby through the northwest tunnel. Restrooms are available through the northwest and southeast tunnels as well.
PARKING: Fans are encouraged to park in the Arena lot. Enter from Donahue Dr. or Heisman Dr. Parking is also available in the East Coliseum lot or the Stadium Deck next to Plainsman Park.
PACK THE HOUSE NIGHT: The all-time attendance record for Auburn volleyball is 1,215 fans - we want to SHATTER that record Wednesday night!
ALL AUBURN, ALL ORANGE: Fans are encouraged to wear orange, and all Auburn Ignited members will receive double points for their attendance.
T-SHIRT GIVEAWAY: The first 250 fans will receive a #BeatBama t-shirt.
All-Time Series - Alabama leads, 41-30
In Auburn - Auburn is 13-15 against Alabama at home
Trend - Auburn has won 6 of the last 7 meetings
Last Meeting - Alabama 3, Auburn 1 (22-25, 17-25, 25-11, 14-25); Nov. 18, 2012, in Tuscaloosa (Foster Auditorium)
|Auburn Quick Hits|
Auburn has an all-time record of 565-564-4 (.500) in its 42nd season of intercollegiate volleyball.
Auburn's all-time SEC record is 136-264 (.342).
Head Coach Rick Nold is in his third season at Auburn. He has a career head coaching record of 209-134 over 11+ seasons and is 37-36 in two-plus seasons at Auburn.
Seniors Katherine Culwell (6th - 838) and Camila Jersonsky (8th - 717) 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 (.359).
Senior setter Chelsea Wintzinger earned her 2,000th career assist in the first match of the season and is now 5th all-time at Auburn with 2,272 assists.
|The Rivalry Begins|
Wednesday's match vs. Alabama will be the first meeting between Auburn and Alabama in any sport for the 2013-14 athletic year. The Tigers and Tide are scheduled to square off 16 times in head-to-head competition across 10 different sports this year. Last year, Auburn was 9-12 overall against Alabama across 12 sports. In volleyball, Auburn has won six of the last seven meetings against Alabama. The Tide took a 3-1 win in Tuscaloosa last November to snap the Tigers' 6-match winning streak in the series.
|Two Tigers in SEC Top 10|
Seniors Katherine Culwell and Camila Jersonsky are ranked in the top 10 among active SEC players in career kills. Culwell is 6th and Jersonsky is 8th. Top 10 below (research courtesy Shawn Davis, Mizzou):
|Player||School||Career Kills||2013 Kills|
|1. Lisa Henning||Missouri||1,520||225|
|2. Juliette Thevenin||South Carolina||1,376||252|
|3. Whitney Billings||Kentucky||1,130||
|4. Desiree Elliott||LSU||1,035||
|5. Brittany Northcutt||Georgia||984||
|6. Katherine Culwell||Auburn||838||158|
|7. Kara Morgan||Ole Miss||837||106|
|8. Camila Jersonsky||Auburn||717||125|
|9. Lauren O'Connor||Kentucky||691||86|
|10. Chloe Mann||Florida||682||150|
|Scouting the Crimson Tide|
Alabama enters Wednesday's match at 12-3 overall, 0-1 in SEC play. Both Alabama and Auburn lost to Kentucky last week.
Alabama's three losses have come to Kentucky, Houston Baptist and Washington State.
The Tide was picked to finish fifth in the SEC West this year. Last season, Kentucky finished 18-14 overall, 7-13 in the SEC and fifth in the West.
Redshirt freshman Krystal Rivers leads Alabama with 3.49 kills/set and is hitting a team-best .437 on the year. She is second on the team with 0.78 blocks/set as well.
The two Alabama outside hitters get the majority of the attacks. Laura Steiner averages 3.35 kills/set, and Brittany Thomas averages 3.24 kills/set.
As a team, Alabama ranks third in the SEC in hitting percentage (.276) and fourth in kills (14.25/set).
Head coach Ed Allen is in his third season at Alabama. He entered the 2013 season with a 29-34 overall record with the Crimson Tide.
Alabama has a 41-30 advantage in the all-time series that dates back to 1974, but Auburn has won six of the last seven meetings.
LAST TIME: ALABAMA 3, AUBURN 1 (11/18/12)
Auburn fell in its final road volleyball match of the 2012 season, dropping a 3-1 decision to Alabama (22-25, 17-25, 25-11, 14-25) at Foster Auditorium. The Tigers lost for the third straight match and saw a six-match winning streak over the Crimson Tide come to an end. Sarah Bullock led Auburn with 15 kills and 13 digs for her ninth straight double-double. Bullock also moved into fourth place all-time at Auburn in digs with 1,193 for her career. Katherine Culwell also had a double-double, her third straight, with 10 kills and 11 digs. Sarah Wroblicky led the Auburn defense with 14 digs, and Camila Jersonsky was the top Tiger at the net with eight kills and four blocks. Chelsea Wintzinger posted 27 assists and matched a career-high with three service aces. The Tigers were out-hit .246 to .216 and had just 45 kills to Alabama's 52. Auburn won the digs battle, 64-59, and out-blocked the Tide 8-4, and both teams had six service aces and eight errors.
Auburn hits the road this weekend for a pair of SEC matches at the league's western outposts. The Tigers make their first trek to Columbia, Mo., to take on the Missouri Tigers at 6:30 p.m. Friday, then travel to Fayetteville, Ark., to face the Arkansas Razorbacks at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Live audio for both matches will be available at AuburnTigers.com.