Oct. 13, 2010
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn volleyball team continues its road swing as the Tigers travel to No. 1 Florida and South Carolina this weekend. Auburn opens with a 3 p.m. CT match against the top-ranked Gators in Gainesville on Friday. The Tigers follow with a 12:30 p.m. CT match against the Gamecocks in Columbia on Sunday.
"We're excited to face the top team in the country in Florida and we're anxious to see what we can do against a team of that caliber," head coach Wade Benson said. "South Carolina plays well at home and is a team that is going to keep the ball in the court with a strong game plan. We need to control our side of the ball in both of these matches and play our game."
Live stats are available and can be found on Auburn volleyball's schedule website. Also, get in-match updates by following AUVolleyball on Twitter.
Auburn returns to the Student Activities Center for a pair of SEC West match ups. The Tigers face Arkansas on Oct. 22 in a 7 p.m. match and follow with a 1:30 p.m. match on Oct. 24 against nationally-ranked LSU.
The No. 1 Florida Gators, who have not lost a match since Sept. 10, stands at 14-1 on the season and are a perfect 7-0 in the SEC. On the season, the Gators have faced nine nationally-ranked opponents and have come out on top in eight of the nine matches. Florida is coming off a pair three-set victories on the road with the first coming at Alabama on Oct. 8 and the last on Oct. 10 at Mississippi State.
The Gators are led by junior Kelly Murphy, who is fourth in the conference with a .368 attack percentage and 10th with an average of 3.15 kills per set. She also leads the squad with a 5.42 assists-per-set average. Junior Cassandra Anderson is seventh in the league with a .351 attack percentage and is fifth in blocks, averaging 1.11 blocks per set.
Friday's meeting between the Tigers and the Gators is the 36th meeting in the series history. Florida holds a 34-1 series record over the Tigers with Auburn's only victory coming in four sets at home during the 1990 season.
SCOUTING SOUTH CAROLINA
South Carolina enters the weekend with a 4-13 overall mark and is 1-6 in SEC play. The team, which includes nine freshmen, split last weekend's matches, opening with a 3-2 win on the road at Mississippi State. The Gamecocks fell at Alabama on Oct. 10 in three sets.
Freshman Juliette Thevenin is fifth in the conference with a 3.57 kills-per-set average and leads the team with 182 kills on the season. Sophomore setter Taylor Bruns is fifth in the SEC with a 8.18 assists-per-set average, while senior libero Hannah Lawing leads the league with a 5.02 digs-per-set average.
The Gamecocks hold a 19-8 series record over the Tigers with their first meeting coming during the 1990 season. The two squads split last year, seeing Auburn win the first meeting in four set in Auburn and South Carolina taking the second meeting in three sets in Columbia.