Oct. 5, 2007
Match Notes: Match 19 (Arkansas)
AUBURN - The Auburn volleyball team (9-9, 1-6 SEC) hits the road this weekend to face Arkansas (7-9, 1-5 SEC). The match is set to begin at 1:30 p.m., Sunday at Arkansas' Barnhill Arena.
The Auburn Volleyball team is in its 22nd year of existence and holds an all-time record of 333-337 for a .497 winning percentage... Head Coach Laura Farina is in her sixth season with the team and holds a 52-104 (.333) record at Auburn... Last season the Tigers finished with a 13-18 record and were 5-15 in SEC play, finishing sixth in the SEC West... Auburn returns six letterwinners, four starters, from 2006 and welcomes nine newcomers.
Arkansas holds a commanding 25-2 lead in the series with Auburn and a 12-1 record when the match is played in Fayetteville. Auburn's last win against the Bulldogs came last season at home with the Tigers taking the 3-2 win. The other Tiger win came during the 1996 season with Auburn taking a 3-2 win in the second meeting of the season.
FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE
Fans that cannot make it to the match have a few options to follow the Tigers on Sunday. Subscription-based audio and video Webcasts will be available from UA's Web site, www.LadyBacks.com.
NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE FOR AUBURN
Auburn returns to action next weekend with a home match against in-state rival Alabama on Friday at 7 p.m. The Tigers then hit the road for a 1:30 p.m. match on Sunday against Mississippi State.
LAST TIME OUT
LAST TIME OUT FOR ARKANSAS
The Tigers are coming off a 3-0 loss at Georgia on Wednesday. Auburn was in the heat of the battle late in all three games, but the Bulldogs were able to pull away each time for the sweep. Whitney Jacob and Jelena Sekulic led Auburn on the attack with 13 and 11 kills, respectively. Sekulic also led the team in digs with nine.
Arkansas is coming off of a 3-2 win against Tennessee last Sunday, the team's first win in SEC play. The Lady Backs won 32-30, 27-30, 30-27, 20-30, 15-8 in Knoxville, Tenn. Jessica Dorrell led Arkansas with 19 kills in the match. The Lady Razorbacks will play Georgia on Friday, prior to Sunday's match with Auburn.
LAST SEASON VS. ARKANSAS
The Tigers and Lady Backs split in their two meetings last season with each team winning on their home court. Auburn won the first meeting 3-2 at home (17-30, 30-28, 34-32, 24-30, 17-15). Rachel Shanks led the team with 17 kills and 13 digs while Jessica Glover chipped in 13 kills and 11 digs. Shanks exploded for 23 kills in the second meeting between the teams, but it was not enough as Auburn fell 3-1 (32-34, 30-27, 17-30, 22-30) in Fayetteville. Whitney Jacob led the team with 15 digs while tallying eight kills.
1,000 KILLS. . . AND COUNTING
At the 14-5 mark in Auburn's win over Kennesaw State, senior Rachel Shanks picked up her second kill of the match and the 1,000th of her career. She becomes only the 10th player in Auburn's history to pull off the feat and still has the rest of the season to build on it. Currently, she is sixth all-time at Auburn in career kills with 1,119. Shanks is also nearing the 1,000 mark in career digs and could break it on Sunday as she currently has 997. If she reaches the 1,000 digs mark, she will become only the fourth Tiger ever to make both lists.
JACOB CHASING 1,000
Throughout most of her career, middle blocker Whitney Jacob has been relied upon as a consistent, efficient hitter and currently ranks in the top 10 all-time at Auburn in career attack percentage. But, with 173 kills already this season, Jacob is nearing the 1,000 mark that teammate Rachel Shanks and only nine other Tigers have reached. Jacob had 262 kills as a freshman, 205 as a sophomore and 286 as a junior. Currently she has 926 on her career.
CAN YOU DIG IT?
With 62 digs against DePaul at the Denver Invitational, the Tigers set a school record for digs in a three-game match, breaking the previous record of 60 (vs. McNeese State on Aug. 29, 2003). Four Tigers finished in double-digit digs in the match against DePaul, led by Liz Crouch with 18.
AN ACE IN THE HOLE
Auburn shattered the record for service aces in a four-game match earlier this season with 16 against Tennessee State in the War Eagle Invitational. The mark breaks the record of 11 aces that had been done three times in the team's history (Sept. 11, 1993 vs. UNC-Asheville / Sept. 7, 2002 vs. Marist / Sept. 6, 2003 vs. Bethune-Cookman). Rachel Shanks led the Auburn effort in the match against TSU with five aces.
OPENING WITH A WIN
Auburn took down a couple losing streaks in the SEC opener against South Carolina. With the 3-2 win, the victory marked the first win over USC since the 1995 season at the first win in Columbia since 1994. The win is also Auburn's first victory in a SEC-opener since 1999.
Coming into Sunday's match, Auburn senior Whitney Jacob has started in 100 consecutive matches - every match played since she enrolled at Auburn. The Coppell, Texas native started in all 27 matches as a freshman, 24 as a sophomore and 31 as a junior. She has now stared in all 18 matches this season.