Tigers Rally for 3-2 Win at Ole Miss


Tigers Rally for 3-2 Win at Ole Miss

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October 22, 2004

OXFORD, Miss. -- Auburn rallied from a six-point deficit in game three after losing the first two games to stun Ole Miss, 3-2 (23-30, 27-30, 32-30, 30-20, 15-11), on Friday night in SEC volleyball action. Freshman Whitney Jacob had a career-high 19 kills and eight blocks to lead the Tigers.
“There was a while in game three where I thought I was heading to up to radio trying to put a nice spin on this and then we fought back and did what I knew we could,” AU Coach Laura Farina said. “It was a great effort by the team. It was definitely a team win. Congratulations to the team.’    
Julie Bosler made her 2004 season debut in the match after sitting out the first 16 matches of the season with a lower leg injury and had an immediate impact, blocking six Ole Miss attacks and putting down five kills of her own. Jelena Sekulic had her second double-double in three matches with 10 kills and 10 digs while Ashlee Johns (15) and Jennifer Amobi (14) chipped in a combined 29 kills.
Playing as the libero for the first time all season, junior captain Bailey Veit tied her career-high with 20 digs.
“It feels great to come out here and get a win,” Veit said. “We have been focusing on our defense. I don’t even know what to say right now. I am just so excited for the win and for the team. This was a great team win.”
The Tigers tallied a season-best-tying 15 blocks and dug 64 Ole Miss attacks.
Trailing 22-16 in game three, Auburn made one of the biggest comebacks in Farina’s tenure at Auburn, rallying to knot the score at 26-26. Two plays later, the Tigers found themselves down two points again, 28-26, but Amobi refused to let the Tigers fold, putting down a kill to draw AU within a point, 28-27.
An Ole Miss kill put the Rebels on the cusp of the three-game sweep at 29-27 but an Ole Miss serving error with the match on the line gave the Tigers life. Johns and Bosler combined for a block to knot the game at 29-29 and then a Bosler solo block gave AU the lead, 30-29.
This time it was AU who could not put the match away as Sekulic hit wide, knotting the score at 30-30. But a kill by Johns and an Ole Miss attack error gave the Tigers the win and the new life and momentum it desperately needed.
Ole Miss scored first in game four and led 5-3 before kills by Sekulic and Jacobs and a Rebel ball-handling gave the Tigers a one-point lead, 6-5. Ole Miss squared the game at 6-6 but Jacob then put down her third kill of the frame and followed it with an ace, giving AU a lead it would never allow the Rebels to regain for the rest of the match.
The win moved the Tigers’ record to 7-10 on the year and 2-7 in the SEC, marking the first time since 2000 that AU has won more than one conference match on the road.
Auburn’s trip through Mississippi continues on Sunday when the Tigers take on Mississippi State on Sunday afternoon in Starkville. Game time is set for 2 p.m.

Auburn (7-10, 2-7 SEC)          23      27      32      30      15
Ole Miss (10-11, 2-7 SEC)     30      30      30      20      11