Oct. 17, 2007
Match Notes: Matches 22 - 23 (Florida and South Carolina)
The Auburn volleyball team (10-11, 2-8 SEC) returns home this weekend for a pair of matches against No. 10 Florida (16-1, 9-1 SEC) and South Carolina (9-10, 2-8 SEC).
Action begins Friday at 7 p.m. with the Gators in the Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum. Auburn then takes on the Gamecocks at 1:30 p.m., Sunday in the Student Activities Center.
Fans at Friday night's match can register for the opportunity to participate in a Perfect Serve contest. A served ball through the target can win the selected fan $10,000.
Sunday's match will be the "Dig for the Cure" day with the Zeta Tau Alpha and Zeta Phi Beta sororities handing our "Dig for the Cure" stadium cups, ribbons and flyers on breast cancer.
The sororities will also be accepting donations for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
The Auburn Volleyball team is in its 22nd year of existence and holds an all-time record of 334-339 for a .496 winning percentage... Head Coach Laura Farina is in her sixth season with the team and holds a 53-106 (.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.
Auburn trails 1-29 in the series with Florida with the lone win coming at home in 1990. The Gators have won 26 straight, including a 3-0 sweep of the Tigers earlier this season in Gainesville. Auburn trails 7-15 in the series with South Carolina and holds a 2-8 record at home agains the Gamecocks. The Tigers beat USC 3-2 earlier this season in Columbia, breaking a 14-match win streak against AU for South Carolina.
FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE
Fans that cannot make it to the match have a few options to follow the Tigers this weekend. Subscription-based audio and video Webcasts will be available from AuburnTigers.com for this weekend's matches with Florida and South Carolina. Gametracker will also be available for the matches.
NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE FOR AUBURN
Auburn hits the road next weekend for matches at Kentucky and Tennessee. The Tigers will first travel to UK for a 7 p.m. CT match in Lexington. Auburn will then head to Knoxville for a 1:30 p.m. match on Sunday against the Lady Vols.
COACH FARINA ON PLAYING FLORIDA
"Our serving and passing games have to be tough and consistent, especially our serve receptions. Just staying in rallies with them and taking the opportunities that Florida will give you. We also really have to work on reducing our un-forced errors."
COACH FARINA ON PLAYING SOUTH CAROLINA
"Our outside hitters were really good for us that first weekend at South Carolina. They are going to have to be on again and we will have to play some good defense and make the right adjustments."
LAST TIME OUT
The Tigers are coming off a 3-2 loss at Mississippi State, Auburn's first five-game loss of the season. Auburn lost 23-30, 27-30, 30-23, 30-23, 11-15. Jelena Sekulic led the team with 18 kills while Liz Crouch chipped in a team-high 21 digs.
LAST TIME OUT FOR FLORIDA
The Gators are coming off their first loss of the season, a 3-2 decision at Arkansas. A week prior to the match, Auburn pulled out a 3-2 win over the Razorbacks in Fayetteville. Arkansas took a 2-0 lead that Florida would never recover from, losing 29-31, 30-32, 30-20, 30-12, 18-20. Not only was it the first loss of the season for the Gators, but it was the first time UF had even been to five games since a Sept. 29, 2006 meeting with Kentucky. Amber McCray led UF, hitting .271 with 20 kills.
LAST TIME OUT FOR SOUTH CAROLINA
The Gamecocks are also coming off a loss at Arkansas, falling 3-0 to the Lady Backs. Arkansas hit .413 as a team to roll to the 30-24, 30-28, 30-21 win over the Gamecocks. Ivana Kujundzic and Belita Salters led USC with 12 and 11 kills, respectively.
LAST TIME VS. FLORIDA
Playing the No. 6-ranked Gators, Auburn struggled out of the gate when the teams met on Sept. 16 in Gainesville. Florida picked up the sweep in a 3-0 (30-16, 30-25, 30-19) win in front of nearly 3,000 fans at the O'Connell Center. Jessica Glover was the only Tiger hitting in double figures as she finished with 10 kills. Jelena Sekulic posted a team-high 13 digs in the loss. For Florida, it was Kisya Killingsworth leading the team with 12 kills and a .375 attack percentage. Amber McCray followed with 10 kills, hitting .421. Elyse Cusak led the team on defense with 13 digs.
LAST TIME VS. SOUTH CAROLINA
After taking a 2-0 lead in the match, Auburn was able to battle off a Gamecock rally to take the 3-2 win in its SEC opener on Sept. 14 in Columbia, S.C. The win broke a 14-match losing streak to South Carolina. Jessica Glover led Auburn with 21 kills and a .321 attack percentage. Jelena Sekulic and Rachel Shanks followed with 18 and 17 kills, respectively. Liz Crouch led the team with 16 digs while Whitney Jacob tied her career high with nine blocks. For USC, Ivana Kujundzic led the team with 20 kills, 19 digs and a .364 attack percentage. Annie Thomas came off the bench for the Gamecocks for 19 kills. Jordan Bradosky led the team on defense with 22 digs.
1,000 / 1,000 FOR SHANKS
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 fifth all-time at Auburn in career kills with 1,166. With Auburn leading 10-6 in the first game at Arkansas, Shanks hit another milestone as she picked up her 1,000th career dig, becoming the seventh player in Auburn's history to reach the mark. Currently, she is third all-time at Auburn with 1,046 digs. By reaching the mark in both categories, she becomes just the fourth Tiger ever to tally 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in their career.
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 204 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 957 on her career.
KILL IT SEKULIC
Jelena Sekulic exploded at Arkansas to lead Auburn with 25 kills, setting a new career-high for the senior from Serbia. Her 25 kills mark the highest single-match kill total for Auburn this season and is the higest single-match kill total since Jessica Glover got 26 at Georgia on Sept. 17, 2006. Her 25 kills is also the 7th-highest kill total in the SEC this season. Sekulic has kept on rolling since then, posting her second 20-kill match of the season against Alabama and leading Auburn in hitting in the past three matches.