Nov. 11, 2011
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AUBURN - The Auburn volleyball team plays its next-to-last home match of the season Sunday as the Mississippi State Bulldogs come to town for a 1 p.m. contest at the Student Activities Center. The match will be televised on SportSouth with Leah Secondo and Phil Bush on the call. It will be Auburn's fourth televised match of the season, their first at home. The game will also be available via ESPN3.com (subject to blackout).
Admission is free for all home volleyball matches at the Student Activities Center. Sunday is Faculty & Staff Day; all Auburn faculty and staff will have the opportunity to register to win an Under Armour briefcase. In addition, the Auburn players and coaches will be available to sign autographs for fans following the match.
Live stats will be available through AuburnTigers.com, and fans can follow @AUVolleyball on Twitter for updates throughout the match.
ABOUT THE TIGERS
Auburn (10-16, 4-12 SEC) looks for a small measure of revenge as the Tigers dropped their earlier contest this season against Mississippi State (10-15, 5-11 SEC, dropping a 3-2 decision in Starkville on Oct. 9. The Tigers also look to snap a two-match skid after dropping both home contests last weekend to LSU and Arkansas. Mississippi State, meanwhile, enters the weekend having dropped seven straight.
Senior Kelly Fidero leads the way offensively for the Tigers with 304 kills (3.20/set) for the season, ranking 10th in the SEC. In conference matches, she ranks seventh in the league with 3.63 kills/set. With four matches left in her career, the Temecula, Calif., native has 948 career kills, needing 52 more (an average of 13 per match) to become the 13th all-time member of Auburn's 1,000-Kill Club.
Sophomore libero Sarah Wroblicky has also been playing well of late, recording two of the top 10 single-match digs totals in Auburn history (rally-scoring era). Her total of 28 at Alabama was the fourth-best total since 2001, and her 26 digs vs. LSU ranked as the sixth-best defensive performance.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Mississippi State enters the weekend tied for third place in the SEC West, one game ahead of Auburn. The Bulldogs will face Georgia on Friday night before traveling to the Plains to take on the Tigers.
Senior Caitlin Rance leads the Bulldog offense, ranking second in the SEC with 4.23 kills/set and 389 total kills on the year. Hannah Wilkinson has the team's top attack percentage at .305, ninth-best in the SEC, while setter Paris Perret rates fifth in the league with 10.27 assists/set.
Since a signature win over then-No. 25 Kentucky on Oct. 14, the Bulldogs have lost seven straight. MSU enters the weekend with a 3-7 record on the road.
MISSISSIPPI STATE SERIES NOTES
Auburn leads the all-time series against Mississippi State by a 30-15 margin, dating back to 1986. A five-set win by the Bulldogs on Oct. 9 in Starkville snapped Auburn's five-match winning streak in the series. Auburn is 17-4 all-time against MSU at home and has won seven of the last eight meetings in Auburn.
A LOOK AHEAD
The Tigers will hit the road for the final time in 2011 next week with a two-match swing against a pair of SEC Eastern Division foes. Auburn will play at South Carolina on Friday, Nov. 18, before heading to Florida to face the 19th-ranked Gators on Sunday, Nov. 20.