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Crucial Road Matches at LSU, Texas A&M for Auburn Volleyball

Nov. 14, 2013

 2013 Auburn Volleyball - Matches 26-27
 Auburn Tigers (16-9, 7-6 SEC) at LSU Tigers (15-9, 5-7 SEC)
 Date/Time  Friday, Nov. 15 | 7 p.m. CT
 Location  Baton Rouge, La. | Pete Maravich Assembly Center
 Tickets  Free Admission
 Live Stats
 Online  Twitter (@AUVolleyball) | Audio Live Audio
 Auburn Tigers vs. Texas A&M Aggies (14-10, 6-7 SEC)
 Date/Time  Sunday, Nov. 17 | 1:30 p.m. CT
 Location  College Station, Texas | Reed Arena
 Tickets  $7 General Admission - Click Here
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 Online  Twitter (@AUVolleyball) | Audio Live Audio
 Additional Info  Auburn Notes Get Acrobat Reader | SEC Notes Get Acrobat Reader

AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn volleyball team faces a pair of critical road matches in SEC play this weekend against LSU and Texas A&M, with all three teams looking for quality wins as the 2013 season hits the homestretch.

Auburn will travel to Baton Rouge, La., to face LSU at 7 p.m. Friday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, and then the Tigers will head over to College Station, Texas, to take on Texas A&M at 1:30 p.m Sunday at Reed Arena.

Live stats and live video for both matches will be available at Fans can alsofollow @AUVolleyball on Twitter for updates throughout the weekend.

Auburn (16-9, 7-6 SEC) has won seven of its last nine matches, with home victories over both LSU and Texas A&M included in that stretch. During that nine-match run, Auburn's only two losses have come teams ranked No. 5 (Florida) and No. 7 (Missouri) in the nation. Last week, the Tigers split a pair of matches, falling to 7th-ranked Mizzou at home in three sets before bouncing back with a 3-1 win over Arkansas.

LSU (15-9, 5-7), meanwhile, has lost six of its last eight matches, including a straight-set home loss to Texas A&M on Wednesday night. That followed a weekend split with a five-set win at Georgia on Friday before dropping a five-setter at No. 20 Kentucky on Sunday. The Aggies (14-10, 6-7 SEC) come into the weekend on a three-match win streak, having beaten Mississippi State (3-0) and Ole Miss (3-1) last weekend before picking up the sweep over LSU on Wednesday. A&M faces Tennessee on Friday night.

All-Time Series - LSU leads 39-12
In Baton Rouge - LSU leads 19-4
Trend - Auburn won the last meeting; LSU had won the previous 22
Last Meeting - Auburn 3, LSU 1 (25-15, 25-19, 23-25, 25-23); Oct. 18, 2013 in Auburn (Auburn Arena)

All-Time Series - Texas A&M leads 4-1
In College Station - Texas A&M leads 1-0
Trend - Auburn won the last meeting
Last Meeting - Auburn 3, Texas A&M 1 (25-23, 22-25, 25-19, 25-17); Oct. 20, 2013 in Auburn (Auburn Arena)

• The Tigers defeated both LSU and Texas A&M earlier this season at home.
• Auburn is 7-2 in its last nine matches, with the only two losses coming to the No. 5 and No. 7-ranked teams in the country.
• Auburn has secured a winning record for the second-straight season and the fourth time in the last five years. This will be the 19th winning season in Auburn volleyball history.
• Assistant coach Kris Grunwald has never had a record of .500 or less in his eight years at Auburn (two as head coach, six as assistant).
• Senior Sarah Wroblicky currently ranks sixth all-time in career digs at Auburn (1,150) and third in the SEC this year (4.59/set).
• Seniors Katherine Culwell (6th - 963) and Camila Jersonsky (8th - 833) are among the top 10 active career kill leaders in the SEC (through matches of 11/10).
• Senior Camila Jersonsky is Auburn's all-time leader in career hitting percentage (.351).
• Auburn has an all-time record of 572-569-4 (.501) in its 42nd season of intercollegiate volleyball.
• Head Coach Rick Nold is in his third season at Auburn. He has a career head coaching record of 216-139 over 11+ seasons and is 44-41 at Auburn.

Auburn players are closing in on several milestones as the season hits the home stretch. Here are some of them:

Katherine Culwell: Has 963 career kills with five matches left, needs to average 7.4 kills/match the rest of the way for 1,000 for her career; currently tied for 6th all-time with 58 career solo blocks; needs 3 more for 5th (61)
Sarah Wroblicky: Has 1,150 career digs; needs 35 more to move into 5th all-time at Auburn; needs 60 more for 4th; will likely finish career at Auburn 2nd in career digs/set (currently 4.59); has 405 digs this season, needs 64 more (12.8/match) to set the Auburn single-season record (469)
Camila Jersonsky: Has 349 career total blocks; needs 14 more to move into 6th all-time; has 300 career block assists, needs 18 more for 5th all-time; has 49 solo blocks, needs 1 more to move into Auburn top 10
Chelsea Wintzinger: Has 2,518 career assists; needs 17 more to move up to 4th all-time at Auburn; has 28 aces this season; needs 2 more to be Auburn's single-season leader in the 25-point rally scoring era

With five matches left in the season, all eyes are on the NCAA RPI. Auburn was 101st in the initial release of the RPI five weeks ago, but the Tigers have moved up 42 spots and now sit 59th in the latest release. Both Auburn opponents this week are in the top 50. Here's how SEC schools and other Auburn opponents stack up in the NCAA RPI:

 School  NCAA RPI  Auburn Result Auburn Result
Florida 4 L 0-3 (A) --
Missouri 6 L 0-3 (A) L 0-3 (H)
Nebraska 8 W 3-1 (N) --
Kentucky 9 L 0-3 (H) --
Florida State 24 L 2-3 (H) --
LSU 27 W 3-1 (H) (Friday @ LSU)
Georgia 31 (Nov. 27 @ UGA) --
Alabama 34 L 1-3 (H) --
Arkansas 36 L 1-3 (A) W 3-1 (H)
Texas A&M 46 W 3-1 (H) (Sunday @ TAMU)
AUBURN 59 -- --
Notre Dame 89 L 2-3 (A) --
Ole Miss 106 W 3-1 (A) (Nov. 24 @ home)
South Carolina 130 W 3-0 (A) --
Mississippi State 143 W 3-0 (H) --
Green Bay 150 L 2-3 (H) --
Loyola-Chicago 165 W 3-0 (N) --
Tennessee 168 W 3-0 (A) (Nov. 22 @ home)
Oakland 177 W 3-0 (N) --
Saint Louis 190 W 3-0 (A) --
Troy 235 W 3-1 (H) --
Jacksonville State 257 W 3-0 (A) --
SIU Edwardsville 265 W 3-0 (A) --
Louisiana-Monroe 288 W 3-0 (N) --
Mercer 308 W 3-0 (H) --

• LSU enters the weekend at 15-9 overall, 5-7 in SEC play. They will host Auburn on Friday night before traveling to Tennessee on Sunday.
• LSU is No. 27 in the latest NCAA RPI. The Tigers were the preseason pick to share the SEC West title with Texas A&M. Last year, LSU was 12-17 overall, 8-12 in SEC play.
• LSU has overcome three 2-0 deficits this season, including a win over Texas A&M earlier in the season.
• The Tigers are second in the SEC in blocking, averaging 2.7 blocks/set. LSU had 14 blocks in their last meeting with Auburn.
• Freshman Briana Holman is 10th in the SEC in hitting percentage (.337), and she and Cati Leak are 14th and 15th in the SEC in kills, averaging 3.13 and 3.09/set, respectively.
• Head coach Fran Flory is in her 16th season as LSU's head coach. She picked up her 400th career victory earlier in the season.

LAST TIME: AUBURN 3, LSU 1 (10/18/13)
The Auburn volleyball team got its first win in Auburn Arena, taking down the LSU Tigers, 3-1 (25-15, 25-19, 23-25, 25-23) for their second-straight SEC victory. With the win, Auburn snapped a 22-match losing streak against LSU that dated back to the 2000 season. Likewise, LSU saw its three-match winning streak in conference play come to an end.

Auburn had five players with double-digit kills. Camila Jersonsky led the way with 13, while Kathia Rud and Emily Klitzke had 12 apiece. Klitzke's 12 kills marked a career-high for the freshman. Katherine Culwell added 11 kills, and Stephanie Campbell contributed 10 kills for the second-straight match and third time this season.

Former Tiger Lindsey Wintzinger, who was diagnosed with leukemia in August, made her first trip to Auburn since her diagnosis and surprised her former teammates, including her sister Chelsea, before the match.

• Texas A&M enters the week at 14-10 overall, 6-7 in SEC play. The Aggies are on a 3-match winning streak and took No. 5 Florida to the final point in five sets two weeks ago.
• Last year, Texas A&M won the SEC West and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
• In conference play, the Aggies are in the league's top four in hitting percentage (.259), assists (13.23/set) and kills (14.15/set).
• Setter Allie Sawatzky is one of the top offensive threats in the league, hitting .310 on the year while averaging 10.01 assists/set.
• Jazzmin Babers ranks third in the SEC in blocks at 1.24/set.
• Laurie Corbelli is in her 21st season at Texas A&M and has more than 500 career wins in 28 seasons as a collegiate head coach.

LAST TIME: AUBURN 3, TEXAS A&M 1 (10/20/13)
Auburn won its third-straight match, making it a weekend sweep in SEC play with a 3-1 win (25-23, 22-25, 25-19, 25-17) over Texas A&M at Auburn Arena. It was the first win by Auburn over Texas A&M in the fifth all-time meeting between the two teams. The win also gave the Tigers their third-straight in SEC play after the team fell short in their first four conference matches of the season.

Freshman Stephanie Campbell helped lead the way for Auburn with a career-high 13 kills while hitting .400 for the match. Senior Katherine Culwell matched Campbell with 13 kills on the day and picked up her eighth double-double of the season with 14 digs. She was also in on a pair of blocks and had a service ace. Kathia Rud had another strong performance with 12 kills and 12 digs, giving her 50 digs over her last three matches and her third-straight double-double.

The Tigers hit .242 for the match and held Texas A&M to a .135 mark. Auburn had more kills than the Aggies (65-48) and won the digs battle 75-59, but A&M had nine blocks to the Tigers' eight and one more ace than Auburn.

Auburn wraps up the home schedule with a pair of matches against Tennessee (Nov. 22) and Ole Miss (Nov. 24) at Auburn Arena. Sunday's match vs. Ole Miss will be Senior Day, and six Auburn players - Katherine Culwell, Camila Jersonsky, Kathia Rud, Courtney McDonald, Chelsea Wintzinger and Sarah Wroblicky - will be honored prior to the match.




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