Volleyball Set For Final Home Matches Against Georgia And Arkansas
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM Rachel Shanks
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM
Rachel Shanks
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM

Nov. 6, 2007

Match Notes: Matches 28 - 29 (Georgia and Arkansas)

AUBURN - The Auburn volleyball team (11-16, 3-13 SEC) finishes out its home schedule this week with matches against Georgia (16-10, 7-9 SEC) and Arkansas (10-16, 4-12 SEC).

The Tigers take on UGA at 7 p.m., Wednesday in Auburn's Student Activity Center. The match is "Pack the Act" night and the first 250 fans will get a free "Pack the Act" T-shirt. There is also a chance for fans to win an XBOX 360 and $10,000 in the Perfect Serve Contest.

Auburn then takes on Arkansas at 7 p.m., Friday in the Student Act. Friday night is senior night as the Tigers will honor Whitney Jacob, Jelena Sekulic and Rachel Shanks. The match is also the last chance for fans to win the $10,000 in the Perfect Serve Contest.

TIGER BITES
The Auburn Volleyball team is in its 22nd year of existence and holds an all-time record of 335-344 for a .493 winning percentage... Head Coach Laura Farina is in her sixth season with the team and holds a 54-111 (.327) 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.

SERIES HISTORY
Georgia holds a 24-6 advantage all-time over Auburn and has won nine of the last 10 meetings after dowing the Tigers, 3-0, earlier this season in Athens. The Bulldogs also hold an 11-2 advantage over the Tigers in Auburn. Arkansas leads Auburn 25-3 in the series, but the Tigers have won two of the last three meetings. Only one of Auburn's wins has come at home as the Lady Backs have a 12-1 record in Auburn.

FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE
Fans that cannot make it to the matches this week can follow the action live on AuburnTigers.com. Video and audio Webcasts for Wednesday night's match against Georgia and Friday night's match with Arkansas will be available along with GameTracker.

 

 

NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE FOR AUBURN
Following this week's matches, Auburn hits the road to finish out the regular season with matches at Ole Miss and LSU. The Tigers and Lady Rebels square off at 7 p.m., Nov. 16 while Auburn and LSU will meet at 1:30 p.m., Nov. 18.

LAST TIME OUT
The Tigers are coming off a 3-1 (32-30, 24-30, 27-30, 28-30) loss at Alabama on Sunday. Auburn out-hit the Crimson Tide witha .250 attack percentage, but could not pull out the road win. Whitney Jacob led the Tigers with 18 kills while hitting .472. Defensively, Rachel Shanks and Liz Crouch had 19 digs each with Alyssa Davis adding in five blocks.

LAST TIME OUT FOR GEORGIA
The Bulldogs are coming off a 2-0 weekend that includes a sweep of Alabama, the leader in the SEC West. In their last outing, Georgia swept Mississippi State, 30-27, 30-23, 30-22, to improve to 16-10, 7-9 SEC on the season. Erika Clark led the Bulldogs with 12 kills and 24 digs. Maria Taly finished with 13 kills while Lindsay Gehan hit .588 for 12 kills in the win. As a team, UGA hit .330 with seven aces and eight team blocks.

LAST TIME OUT FOR ARKANSAS
The Lady Backs have lost six straight matches coming into their meeting with Auburn. In their last time out, Arkansas was swept by No. 10-ranked Florida, 30-28, 30-23, 30-25. Heather Royal had a double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs while Jessica Dorrell led the team with 13 kills. Libero Ashley Miller led the team with 16 digs while Sarah Freudenrich posted five blocks. As a team, Arkansas could only hit .178 against the Gators.

LAST TIME VS. GEORGIA
Georgia's defense had 11 team blocks and held Auburn to .135 hitting as the Bulldogs swept the Tigers (30-23, 30-27, 30-24) in Athens. UGA hit .318 and was led by Maria Taylor with 16 kills. Whitney Jacob and Jelena Sekulic led Auburn with 13 and 11 kills, respectively. Sekulic also led the team with nine digs in the match. For the Bulldogs, Erika Clark and Taylor led the squad with nine digs each while Lindsay Gehan finished with nine blocks.

LAST TIME VS. ARKANSAS
Playing in Fayetteville, the Tigers and Lady Razorbacks traded wins in the first four games before Auburn came out with a dominating 15-8 win in the fifth game for the 3-2 win. The win was only the third all-time against Arkansas. Jelena Sekulic, Jessica Glover and Rachel Shanks all hit in double figures to lead Auburn to the win with Sekulic leading the way with a match-high 25 kills. Shanks led the team with 16 digs while Sara Shanks and Whitney Jacob came up with five blocks each. Arkansas had a balanced attack with five players finishing in double figures, led by Catherine Fowler with 18. Yun Tang led the team with a match-high 11 blocks.

COACH FARINA ON GEORGIA
"Georgia is a much improved team from when we played them the first time. Their strong hitter, Maria Taylor, is the force of their offense and we're going to have to have a plan to dig her. We are also continuing to work our offense and I am really happy with how our offense is starting to click with the new rotations."

COACH FARINA ON ARKANSAS
"Arkansas has been a peaks and valleys team and they are going to play real hard. They are led by their senior right-side hitter Jessica Dorrell. We were fortunate to beat them in Fayetteville and it will be a very tough match and a very good match for our seniors on Senior Night."