Oct. 4, 2011
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Auburn at Georgia | Wednesday, 6 p.m. CT | TV: ESPNU
Ramsey Student Center | Athens, Ga.
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AUBURN - The Auburn volleyball team (9-7, 3-3 SEC) will play in a nationally televised ESPNU match for the second straight year on Wednesday night as they travel to Athens, Ga., to take on the rival Georgia Bulldogs at the Ramsey Student Center. The broadcast begins at 6 p.m. CT.
Adam Amin and Elizabeth Moreau will call the action as part of ESPNU's Wednesday Night Women's Volleyball series. This is the second straight year for the Tigers face the Bulldogs on ESPNU; Auburn won last year's nationally televised match 3-0 at the Student Activities Center.
"It's a big match for us," Auburn head coach Rick Nold said. "It's our travel partner and a good rivalry. The important thing is for us to come out and play hard. Being on national TV...you just can't buy that publicity. For people to see our program and see what we have to offer...I think it's a great time for us."
Auburn enters the week led offensively by senior Kelly Fidero, who has 162 kills (3.06/set) on the season. In Southeastern Conference play, Fidero ranks second in the league in kills with 76 (4.22/set) and fifth in hitting percentage at .403. Sarah Bullock anchors the other side of the floor with 54 kills (3.00/set) in SEC play and 50 digs, ranking second on the team in both categories. Chelsea Wintzinger has emerged as the team's primary setter, averaging 9.00 assists/set in SEC play.
Live stats will be available through GameTracker at AuburnTigers.com, and fans can follow @AUVolleyball on Twitter for updates throughout the match.
The Georgia Bulldogs (6-10, 2-4 SEC) are in their first year under head coach Lizzy Stemke. As Auburn's travel partner, the Bulldogs have played the same SEC schedule as the Tigers thus far, putting up a 2-4 league record compared to the Tigers' 3-3 mark. Like Auburn, Georgia dropped matches to Tennessee, Kentucky and Florida, but the Bulldogs also fell to Alabama while Auburn swept the Crimson Tide.
Georgia is led offensively by Brittany Northcutt, who has 168 kills (3.23/set) on the season. Kathleen Luft is not far behind with a 3.10 kills/set average; both rank in the SEC's top 10 in kills. Briana Bahr has UGA's top hitting percentage at .269. Kathleen Gates is Georgia's primary setter, averaging 11.18 assists/set, and Ann Dylla is the anchor of the middles with 53 blocks (0.95/set) so far this season. The Bulldogs hit .229 as a team while opponents are averaging a .263 hitting percentage.
GEORGIA SERIES NOTES
Georgia has controlled the all-time series with Auburn as the Tigers are 8-29 all-time against the Bulldogs, including a 3-13 mark in Athens. However, Auburn has won the last two in the series. A win tonight would give the Tigers three straight over UGA for just the second time ever (also 1998-99).
LAST TIME vs. GEORGIA - NOV. 24, 2010
Auburn recorded its 20th win of the 2010 season after tallying a 3-2 (19-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-27, 15-4) win over the Georgia Bulldogs at the Ramsey Center. The Tigers improved to 20-12 on the season and concluded SEC competition with an 11-9 mark. The 20 wins mark the first time since 1998 that Auburn has reached that milestone.
Senior Jonelle Wallace put together a career performance as the Denver, Colo., product finished with a career-tying 16 kills and hit a scorching .667 for the Tigers. Sophomore Sarah Bullock tallied her tenth double-double of the season, finishing with a match-best 19 kills and 13 digs. Senior Morgan Johns added 16 kills, while freshman Camila Jersonsky and junior Kelly Fidero had nine and eight kills, respectively.
Junior Christina Solverson recorded her third double-double of the season as she tallied 30 assists and 13 digs. Freshman setter Chelsea Wintzinger had a season-best 31 assists in the win. Senior Liz Crouch finished with a match-high 22 digs and classmate Lauren Mellor logged four block assists on the evening.
A LOOK AHEAD
Auburn is on the road for the next two weeks with their next match set for Sunday, Oct. 9, at Mississippi State. First serve is set for 1 p.m. CT, and the match will be televised by Cox Sports.