Auburn Volleyball at Missouri, Arkansas This Weekend

Oct. 3, 2013




 2013 Auburn Volleyball - Matches #15-#16
 Auburn Tigers (9-5, 0-2 SEC) vs. Missouri Tigers (17-0, 2-0 SEC)
 Date/Time  Friday, Oct. 4 | 6:30 p.m. CT
 Location  Columbia, Mo. | Hearnes Center
 Tickets  $5 General Admission - Click Here
 Live Stats  GameTracker
 Online  Twitter (@AUVolleyball) | Audio Live Audio
 Auburn Tigers (9-5, 0-2 SEC) vs. Arkansas Razorbacks (9-5, 2-1 SEC)
 Date/Time  Sunday, Oct. 6 | 1:30 p.m. CT
 Location  Fayetteville, Ark. | Barnhill Arena
 Tickets  $4 General Admission - Click Here
 Live Stats  ArkansasRazorbacks.com
 Online  Twitter (@AUVolleyball) | Audio Live Audio
 Additional Info  Auburn Notes Get Acrobat Reader | SEC Notes Get Acrobat Reader

AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn Tigers hit the road for the first time this year in Southeastern Conference play, traveling to Columbia, Mo., and Fayetteville, Ark., for a pair of matches this weekend.

Auburn (9-5, 0-2 SEC) will look to snap a four-match skid as they take on the undefeated Missouri Tigers (17-0, 2-0 SEC) at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Hearnes Center. The Tigers will then travel to Arkansas to face the Razorbacks (9-5, 2-1 SEC) at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Barnhill Arena.

AuburnTigers.com will have live streaming audio via Auburn All-Access for both matches. Live stats and live video (for a fee) will also be available via MUTigers.com (Friday) and ArkansasRazorbacks.com (Sunday), and fans can follow @AUVolleyball on Twitter for continuous updates.

After a disappointing first three matches in Auburn Arena, the Tigers are on the road in SEC play for the first time this year with their next three matches away from home. Auburn is 7-1 away from home this year, including 3-1 in true road contests. Last year, Auburn finished 3-7 in road SEC play, earning wins at Ole Miss, Mississippi State and South Carolina.

This will be the first time Auburn has ever played at Mizzou; however, the Tigers are 3-0 in the state of Missouri this year after sweeping through the Saint Louis tournament earlier in the year. Auburn is 3-16 all-time at Arkansas' Barnhill Arena.

All-Time Series - Missouri leads 2-1
In Columbia - First meeting
Trend - Missouri has won the last 2 meetings
Last Meeting - Missouri 3, Auburn 2 (25-14, 16-25, 21-25, 25-19, 13-15); Oct. 21, 2012, in Auburn (Student Activities Center)

All-Time Series - Arkansas leads 32-7
In Fayetteville - Arkansas leads 16-3
Trend - Teams have split the last 8 meetings
Last Meeting - Auburn 3, Arkansas 2 (25-14, 15-25, 23-25, 25-20, 15-10); Nov. 2, 2012, in Auburn (Student Activities Center)

• Auburn has an all-time record of 565-565-4 (.500) in its 42nd season of intercollegiate volleyball.
• Auburn's all-time SEC record is 136-265 (.341).
• Head Coach Rick Nold is in his third season at Auburn. He has a career head coaching record of 209-135 over 11+ seasons and is 37-37 in two-plus seasons at Auburn.
• Seniors Katherine Culwell (6th - 848) and Camila Jersonsky (8th - 722) 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 (.352).
• 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 2,286 assists.
Katherine Culwell moved into the Auburn top 10 in career solo blocks with 3 against Alabama. She now has 50 solo blocks in her career.

Auburn fans smashed the existing volleyball attendance record on Wednesday night as 1,810 fans filled the lower bowl of Auburn Arena for the Tigers' match with Alabama. The top 10-attended volleyball matches in Auburn history are as follows (all matches at Student Activities Center unless otherwise noted):

 Date  Opponent  Attendance Result
10/2/13 Alabama ^ 1,810 L 1-3
9/25/09 LSU 1,215 L 0-3
9/22/06 Alabama* 1,211

W 3-0

11/4/05 Georgia 1,200

L 1-3

9/23/12 Alabama 1,146

W 3-1

9/23/11 Alabama 1,037 W 3-0
8/29/08 Samford 974 L 0-3
9/21/12 South Carolina 947 W 3-1
9/30/11 Florida 921 L 0-3
10/18/96 LSU 906 W 3-0

^ Auburn Arena; * Beard-Eaves Coliseum

Seniors Katherine Culwell and Camila Jersonsky are ranked in the top 10 among active SEC players in career kills (through matches of Sept. 29). 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

143

4. Desiree Elliott LSU 1,035

41

5. Brittany Northcutt Georgia 984

106

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

• Missouri is one of four teams in the country still undefeated this season (17-0, 2-0 SEC) along with North Carolina, Washington and Colorado State.
• Of those four teams, Mizzou is the only unranked team; however, the Tigers are receiving votes in the latest poll.
• Mizzou was picked to finish third in the SEC East this year. Last year, the Tigers were fourth in the East at 19-12 overall, 10-10 SEC.
• Missouri has the nation's leader in hitting percentage in Whitney Little (.588) and assists per set in Molly Kreklow (12.64). Kreklow also ranks 29th nationally and 2nd in the SEC in aces per set (0.46).
• Lisa Henning is ranked 14th in the nation in kills per set (4.50) and 15th nationally in points per set (5.15). She is second in the SEC in both categories.
• As a team, Mizzou leads the nation in hitting percentage (.400) and assists per set (14.48).

LAST TIME: MIZZOU 3, AUBURN 2 (10/21/12)
In a match where the Auburn volleyball team controlled every statistical category, visiting Missouri still found a way to leave the Student Activities Center with a 3-2 win (25-14, 16-25, 21-25, 25-19, 13-15) in the first SEC meeting between the schools. Auburn had more kills, digs, blocks, service aces and a higher hitting percentage than Missouri, but the visitors managed to come up with two huge plays late in the fifth set to break a 13-13 tie.

Sarah Bullock and Camila Jersonsky both had 18 kills. Jersonsky's 18 kills on .469 hitting matched a career-high, and she also contributed five blocks to the effort. Bullock hit at a .268 clip and tied for the team high in digs with 19.

Missouri's Lisa Henning led all hitters with 27 kills, and she hit .310 with just five errors on an astounding 71 attempts. Molly Kreklow fell two kills shy of a triple-double as she had eight kills, 42 assists and 10 digs.

• Entering the weekend, Arkansas has an identical record to Auburn at 9-5 overall. The Hogs do have two SEC wins, though, defeating Ole Miss and Mississippi State last week.
• Arkansas was picked to finish third in the SEC West. Last year, the Hogs finished 2nd in the West at 22-10 overall (13-7 SEC) and advanced to the NCAA First Round.
• Meredith Hays is 22nd in the nation in kills per set (4.28) and 28th nationally in points per set (4.74). She ranks third in the SEC in both categories.
• Libero Emily Helm leads the Razorbacks with 4.15 digs/set, which ranks 6th in the SEC.
• As a team, Arkansas is 28th in the nation and 3rd in the SEC in blocks (2.63/set). Ana Sofia Jusino is the team leader at 1.18/set.

LAST TIME: AUBURN 3, ARKANSAS 2 (11/2/12)
Camila Jersonsky had 17 kills and nine blocks to lead the Auburn volleyball team to a heart-stopping 3-2 victory (25-14, 15-25, 23-25, 25-20, 15-10) over Arkansas at the Student Activities Center, the Tigers' third straight SEC win. The Tigers guaranteed themselves a winning record for the 2012 season as they avenged an earlier three-set loss at the hands of the SEC West-leading Razorbacks. Jersonsky and Courtney McDonald, the Tigers' two middle blockers, combined for 26 of Auburn's 55 kills and were in on a combined 14 blocks during the match. Both hitters topped the .400 mark as well as the Tigers snapped a three-match skid against the Razorbacks.

Auburn wraps up a three-match road swing next Sunday, Oct. 13, in Oxford, Miss., against the Ole Miss Rebels. The match is set for a 1:30 p.m. start at the Gillom Sports Center.