Tigers Volleyball Stopped In Three by MSU Bulldogs
Oct. 4, 2002
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Freshman Baily Veit knocked down a career-high eight kills and junior Negin Azarbehi added seven while senior Grace Boyd and freshman Lauren Couch combined for nine block assists but it was not enough as the Tigers fell to Mississippi State, 3-0, on Friday, Oct. 4, at the Newell-Grisson Building on the campus of Mississippi State University. The loss dropped AU to 1-14, 0-3 SEC, while MSU improved to 10-7, 1-2 in the conference.
The Bulldogs took game one, 30-19, by outhitting the Tigers by a .366 to .026 count. MSU hammered home 19 kills with just four errors in 41 attacks while AU mustered eight kills in 38 attempts with seven errors. Veit got her night started with four kills in eight attempts (.500 attack percentage) for the game.
The Bulldogs looked like they were going to carry their game-one momentum over to the second game as MSU jumped out to a 6-0 lead. But the Tigers would not fold, fighting back to a 10-10 tie
thanks to two Veit kills and three team blocks by the Tigers.
A Bulldog timeout stopped the AU rally and started one of their own, streaking out to a 19-13 lead, forcing the Tigers to call a timeout of their own. Again AU rallied, going on a 9-5 run to pull within three, 25-22 MSU. The Bulldogs then called for their final stoppage of the game and followed with an 8-0 run to close out game two, 30-22. MSU hit .250 for the game while AU managed a .125 attack percentage with 10 kills on 40 attempts with five errors. Azarbehi led AU with three kills in the game.
Game three was the most competitive early on as the teams battled through nine ties, starting
at 6-6 and going until 16-16. MSU then went on a mini-run to lead 20-16. The resiliency of the
Tigers shown through again as Veit assisted on a block and connected on a kill to bring AU
within two points, 20-18. However it proved to be not enough as the Bulldogs finished off the
game and the match with a 30-26 win in the final game. AU had its highest hitting percentage
of the match in the third game, hitting .286 as a team.
The Tigers will wrap up their road swing in the Magnolia State on Sunday as they head to Oxford
to face Ole Miss. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m. AU returns home next weekend as they play host to Arkansas and LSU on Friday, Oct. 11, and Sunday, Oct. 13, respectively.
Auburn (1-14, 0-3 SEC) 19 22 26
Mississippi State (10-7, 1-2 SEC) 30 30 30