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Tigers Bookend Busy Weekend in Auburn with Two Matches
Nov. 7, 2017

MATCHES
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  MATCH
Thursday, Nov. 9 7 p.m. CT   
Auburn vs. Tennessee
Sunday, Nov. 12 1:30 p.m. CT   
Auburn vs. #7 Kentucky

AUBURN, Ala. –The Auburn volleyball team (13-8, 6-6) bookends a busy weekend on the Plains with a pair of SEC matches in Auburn Arena. The Tigers host Tennessee Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. CT and conclude with a 1:30 p.m. CT contest Sunday, Nov. 12, against No. 7 Kentucky.

Both matches will be streamed on SEC Network+ and admission for all Auburn volleyball matches is free.

PROMOTIONS
With many events happening on campus, please visit the PROMOTIONS page for more information on all the fun activities scheduled this weekend.

QUICK HITS
- Auburn held off Alabama Wednesday night, Nov. 1, to defeat the Crimson Tide, 3-2 (25-21, 25-14, 20-25, 23-25, 15-11), in Auburn Arena.
- Five Tigers finished with double-digit kills with sophomore Shaina White leading the way at 15.
- Junior Brenna McIlroy totaled 14, while sophomore Gwyn Jones had 12. Senior Courtney Crable and freshman Anna Stevenson finished with 10 apiece.
- Setter Alexa Filley had a match-high 51 assists to go with 13 digs for her 14th double-double of the season.
- Senior Jesse Earl led all student-athletes with 26 digs, while McIlroy had a season-best 19. Sophomore Karis Beasley added 10 digs for the Tiger defense.
- The Auburn back row ranks fourth in the SEC with a 15.63 digs/set average, while the team's 15.71 mark in conference-only play is third.
- Earl is averaging 5.05 digs/set to rank first in the conference and is No. 34 nationally. Her 5.35 digs/set in SEC play is also first in the league. She has totaled double-digit digs in 29 of Auburn's 21 matches this year.
- Setter Alexa Filley is among the SEC best in assists so far this season, ranking fourth overall with a 10.69 assists/set average.
- Filley is second on the team in digs this season with a 2.77 average. She is tied for second in the conference with 14 double-doubles (assists/digs) this year.
- S. White is fourth in the conference and No. 27 nationally in hitting efficiency, having 218 kills on the year with a .398 attack percentage.
- Auburn is averaging 1.32 aces/set overall and 1.29 against SEC-only opponents. That mark ranks second in both categories.

SCOUTING TENNESSEE
- The Tennessee Volunteers stand at 11-11 overall and 4-9 in the SEC following a pair of losses at home last weekend. The Vols fell to South Carolina Friday in four sets and followed with a 3-0 loss to nationally-ranked Florida Sunday.
- Junior Erica Treiber and sophomore Alyssa Andreno are two of the SEC's top blockers with Treiber ranking third at 1.30 blocks/set. Andreno is averaging 1.11 for the Vols.
- As a team, Tennessee is third in the conference with a 2.68 blocks/set average.
- Libero Brooke Schumacher is among the league's best in the back row, averaging 4.61 digs/set to come in at third.

A WIN OVER TENNESSEE WOULD...
- Give Auburn the sweep of the Volunteers in 2017.
- Be the seventh win in the last eight meetings over Tennessee.

AUBURN-TENNESSEE SERIES
- Thursday's match is the 50th meeting between Auburn and Tennessee, dating back to 1974.
- Tennessee leads 30-18-1 record over the Tigers.
- The series is locked at 11-11 in matches played in Auburn.

SCOUTING KENTUCKY
- The No. 7 Kentucky Wildcats stand at 20-3 overall with an 11-1 mark in SEC competition. The team is coming off a split week last week, falling to No. 4 Florida in three sets before rebounding with a 3-1 win over South Carolina Sunday.
- The Wildcats rank first in the SEC in hitting percentage (.313), kills (14.71/set), and assists (13.35/set).
- Freshman setter Madison Lilley leads the conference and is eighth nationally with an 11.81 assists average.
- Sophomore Leah Edmond is second in the SEC in kills at 4.33/set, while her .35 aces/set is sixth.
- Senior middle blockers Emily Franklin and Kaz Brown are among the conference leaders in hitting percentage and blocks. Franklin's .424 clip is second in the league and 12th nationally.

A WIN OVER KENTUCKY WOULD...
- Be Auburn's second win over a nationally-ranked team this season.
- Snap a 12-match skid to the Wildcats.

AUBURN-KENTUCKY SERIES
- Sunday's match is the 50th meeting between Auburn and Kentucky, dating back to 1974.
- The Wildcats are currently on an 12-match winning streak vs. the Tigers with Auburn's last win over UK coming in a five-set contest at home in 2010.
- Three of the last four meetings have gone to five sets.

UP NEXT
Auburn takes to the road for a Wednesday-night tilt in Baton Rouge, La., facing LSU at 7 p.m. CT in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The two Tiger squads will go head-to-head live on SEC Network.


 

 

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