Volleyball Faces Crucial SEC Weekend at Arkansas, LSU
Oct. 13, 2011
AUBURN - The Auburn volleyball team (9-9, 3-5 SEC) completes its first circuit through the Southeastern Conference this weekend as the Tigers face a pair of critical matches against SEC Western Division Opponents. Auburn travels to Arkansas for a 7 p.m. Friday match, then heads to Baton Rouge to face LSU at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Links to live stats for both matches are available at the top of this page. In addition, ArkansasRazorbacks.com will have live video of Friday's match (for a fee), and fans can follow @AUVolleyball on Twitter for updates throughout the weekend.
Cox Sports Television will have the broadcast of Sunday's match at LSU, with Lyn Rollins and Garrett Walvoord on the call. CST is available primarily in Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas, with limited availability in some areas of Mississippi, Florida and Virginia.
The Tigers have dropped three out of their last four matches and look to improve on their 1-5 record on opponents' home floors. Auburn enters the week led offensively by senior Kelly Fidero, who has 188 kills (3.03/set) on the season, ranking 11th in the SEC. In Southeastern Conference play, Fidero ranks fourth in the league in kills with 102 (3.78/set) and just outside the top 10 in hitting percentage at .318.
Camila Jersonsky ranks second in the SEC with a .364 hitting percentage for the year. Sarah Bullock anchors the other side of the floor with 83 kills (3.07/set) and 88 digs (3.26/set) in SEC play, ranking 10th in the league in digs. Chelsea Wintzinger has emerged as the team's primary setter, averaging 9.33 assists/set in SEC play to rank 6th in the league; she had a career-high 50 assists at Mississippi State on Sunday.
Kelli Stepanovich leads the Razorbacks' offensive attack with 218 kills (3.41/set) while hitting at a .234 clip. Jasmine Norton has 186 kills (2.95/set), and Roslandy Acosta contributes 2.06/set. Raymariely Santos ranks sixth in the SEC with 9.62 assists/set. At the net, the Razorbacks are one of the best in the league, ranking third in the SEC with 2.45 blocks/set. Janeliss Torres has 42 blocks (0.95/set) to lead the way, while Stepanovich has contributed 47 blocks (0.73/set), including a strong performance last weekend that netted her SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
The two teams have had nine common opponents so far this year with quite similar results, resulting in a 4-5 record for each. Both teams earned wins over Middle Tennessee, Alabama and South Carolina, and both fell to Oklahoma, Florida, Tennessee and Kentucky. Arkansas lost to Ole Miss and beat Mississippi State, while Auburn downed the Rebels and fell to the Bulldogs.
ARKANSAS SERIES NOTES
LSU hits .227 as a team and holds opponents to a paltry .158 hitting percentage, the best number in the SEC. The Tigers are also strong in the service game with 99 aces (1.57/set) to rank second in the SEC, and LSU averages 15.63 digs/set to rank third in the league. LSU leads the league in digs/set in conference matches, averaging 16.88.
Madie Jones paces the LSU offense with 207 kills (3.34/set) and a .293 hitting percentage; she averages 3.77 kills/set in SEC play. Right with her is Desiree Elliott, who contributes 3.47 kills/set and hits .264. Elliott also ranks second on the team with 48 blocks (0.84/set). Michele Williams leads the Tigers in blocks with 61 (1.09/set) and also averages 2.93 kills/set. Malorie Pardo is one of the top setters in the SEC, averaging 11.39 assists/set, and Meghan Mannari is the team leader in digs (4.43/set) and service aces (25).
LSU SERIES NOTES
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