Final Volleyball Road Trip Takes Tigers to S. Carolina, Florida
Nov. 17, 2011
AUBURN - The Auburn volleyball team makes its ninth and final road trip of the season this weekend as they face a pair of SEC Eastern Division opponents. The Tigers will take on South Carolina at 6 p.m. CT Friday in Columbia, S.C., before heading to Gainesville, Fla., to face the 17th-ranked Florida Gators at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
Live stats for both matches will be available through AuburnTigers.com, and fans can follow @AUVolleyball on Twitter for updates throughout the weekend.
For Friday's match, GamecocksOnline.com will provide free live streaming video. Sunday's match at Florida will be televised regionally by Sun Sports with Larry Vettel and Missy Whittemore on the call.
The Tigers (10-17, 4-13 SEC) enter the weekend looking to snap a three-game losing skid after dropping matches to LSU, Arkansas and Mississippi State the last two weeks. Senior Kelly Fidero leads the Auburn offense into the weekend with 318 kills on the year (3.21/set); in conference play, she has 232 kills (3.68/set) to rank fifth in the league. Fidero has 962 career kills and three matches left to reach the 1,000-kill plateau, becoming the 13th Auburn player to do so.
In the earlier meetings between the teams, Auburn swept South Carolina 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-17) on Oct. 2 at the Student Activities Center. The Tigers also gave then-No. 13 Florida all they could handle, but eventually fell 3-0 (24-26, 20-25, 23-25) on Sept. 30 at home.
SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS
Setter Taylor Bruns has been a key component to the Gamecock offense, averaging 9.49 assists/set and leading the team with a .351 attack percentage. Juliette Thevenin and Bethanie Thomas have been the primary hitters, averaging 3.69 and 2.20 kills/set, respectively. The Carolina defense has been its strongest suit, with the team averaging a league-best 16.9 digs/set, led by Paige Wheeler (4.48 digs/set) and Thevenin (3.44 digs/set).
SOUTH CAROLINA SERIES NOTES
SCOUTING THE GATORS
The Florida offense is balanced with Kristy Jaeckel (3.35 kills/set), Kelly Murphy (2.37 k/s), Tangerine Wiggs (2.25 k/s) and Stephanie Ferrell (2.26 k/s) sharing the load. Murphy leads the team with 5.94 assists/set, and the Gator block is among the best in the league with Betsy Smith averaging 1.01 blocks/set. Florida has the league's highest hitting percentage at .301 and holds opponents to the league's lowest number at .164.
FLORIDA SERIES NOTES
A LOOK AHEAD
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