Auburn Volleyball Host Mississippi State and Ole Miss
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM Joanna Pappas
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM
Joanna Pappas
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM

Nov. 9, 2006

AUBURN, Ala. -

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Auburn (12-15, 4-12 SEC) will look to snap its season-long six-match losing streak as it returns for the final homestand of 2006 beginning with Mississippi State (16-10, 7-9 SEC) on Friday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m., in the Student Activities Center.  The Tigers will then host Ole Miss (16-11, 7-9 SEC) for Senior Day at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum at 1:30 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 12.  The match has been selected as the SEC Match of the Week.
 
Series History
 AU is 24-11 all-time against the Bulldogs after falling, 3-0 in Starkville on Oct. 8.  MSU has won two of the last three match-ups.
 Auburn fell to Ole Miss, 3-1 on Oct. 6 moving its all-time record to 18-16 against the Rebels.  AU has dropped two in a row to Mississippi. 

Recapping Last Week
 The Auburn volleyball team went 0-2 in a pair of SEC road matches this past weekend.  The Tigers fell to Arkansas, 3-1 on Friday in Fayetteville, and dropped a heartbreaking, 3-2 decision to No. 11 LSU on Sunday in Baton Rouge. 
 The Tigers lost to the Razorbacks, 34-32, 27-30, 30-17, 30-22 to split the season-series at one apiece.  Junior Rachel Shanks had another stellar match for AU, recording 23 kills and 13 digs, while sophomore Jessica Glover totaled 15 kills and 11 digs.  Sophomore Joanna Pappas recorded a double-double of her own with 45 assists and 11 digs.
 On Sunday, Auburn fell to No. 11 LSU 30-24, 28-30, 22-30, 30-17, 16-14 to give Louisiana State the season-series, 2-0.  After dropping the opening stanza, AU dominated the next two games to take a 2-1 lead.  The orange and blue dropped the fourth game and found itself down 6-2 in the fifth.  The squad battled back to tie the match at 14-14, but evenually fell 16-14.  Shanks once again led the Tigers with 20 kills and 23 digs for her 16th double-double of the season, sixth 20-plus kill effort on the year and first 20-20 performance.

Setting A New Standard
 The Tiger's 12 victories so far this season are four more than Auburn had in all of 2005.  The last time AU amassed 12 wins this quickly (21 matches) was 1999 when Auburn had 12 victories in its first 18 matches.

Tigers on the Air
 The Tigers' final two home matches will be called by Ben Taylor as  play-by-play announcer and John Searby, who will be the the analyst.  Friday's match will be on internet only via www.auburntigers.com, but Sunday's match will be heard on both radio and internet by tuning in to WANI-AM 1400 web site (www.wani1400.com) or the Auburn site (www.auburntigers.com).

Follow Auburn from your computer
 You can follow all of the action live on gametracker, by visiting www.auburntigers.com.

Up Next
 Auburn will conclude its 2006 season on the road with matches against Kentucky and Tennessee on Nov. 17 and 19, respectively.  Friday's contest against the Wildcats will be at 6 p.m. CT, in Lexington.  Sunday's match versus the Lady Vols will begin at 12:30 p.m. CT, in Knoxville.