Final Two Home Matches for Volleyball This Weekend

Nov. 21, 2013





 2013 Auburn Volleyball - Matches 28-29
 Auburn Tigers (17-10, 8-7 SEC) vs. Tennessee Lady Volunteers (9-20, 1-14 SEC)
 Date/Time  Friday, Nov. 22 | 7 p.m. CT
 Location  Auburn, Ala. | Auburn Arena
 Tickets  Free Admission
 Live Stats  Gametracker
 Online  Twitter (@AUVolleyball) | Audio Live Video
 Auburn Tigers vs. Ole Miss Rebels (13-15, 3-12 SEC) -- Senior Day
 Date/Time  Sunday, Nov. 24 | 1:30 p.m. CT
 Location  Auburn, Ala. | Auburn Arena
 Tickets  Free Admission
 Live Stats  Gametracker
 Online  Twitter (@AUVolleyball) | Audio Live Video
 Additional Info  Auburn Notes Get Acrobat Reader | SEC Notes Get Acrobat Reader

AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn volleyball team wraps up the 2013 home schedule this weekend with a pair of SEC matches at Auburn Arena. The Tigers host Tennessee at 7 p.m. Friday before taking on Ole Miss at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free to both matches.

Sunday's match will be Senior Day, and Auburn's six seniors - Katherine Culwell, Camila Jersonsky, Courtney McDonald, Kathia Rud, Chelsea Wintzinger and Sarah Wroblicky - will be honored in a pre-match ceremony.

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

Auburn (17-10, 8-7 SEC) has won eight of its last 11 matches, with road victories over both Ole Miss and Tennessee included in that stretch. Last week, the Tigers pulled off an improbable comeback to earn a 3-2 win over LSU in Baton Rouge, then dropped a 3-0 decision on the road at Texas A&M on Sunday.

Tennessee (9-20, 1-14 SEC) has lost its last seven matches, a streak that began with Auburn's win in Knoxville on Nov. 1. The Lady Vols also fell to Texas A&M in straight sets on the road last week, then took LSU to the brink before falling in five sets last Sunday. Tennessee has already played once this week, falling at home to No. 7 Florida, 3-0. Ole Miss (13-15, 3-12 SEC) is looking to snap a three-match losing streak of its own after dropping a 3-2 decision to Georgia last Friday and falling in straight sets at No. 17 Kentucky on Sunday. The Rebels face Alabama on Friday night.

All-Time Series - Tennessee leads 29-13-1
In Auburn - Tennessee leads 11-8
Trend - Auburn won the last meeting; Tennessee had won previous five
Last Meeting - Auburn 3, Tennessee 0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-14); Nov. 1, 2013 in Knoxville (Thompson-Boling Arena)

All-Time Series - Ole Miss leads 33-22
In Auburn - Series tied 10-10
Trend - Auburn has won 4 of last 5 meetings
Last Meeting - Auburn 3, Ole Miss 1 (14-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-20); Oct. 13, 2013 in Oxford (Gillom Sports Center)

TICKETS: Admission is free for all Auburn volleyball matches.

ENTERING THE ARENA: Fans should enter Auburn Arena through the Scholarship Entrance on the east side or through the Student Gate on the Arena's north side. The main entrance to the Arena will be closed; however, the Auburn Team Shop will be open prior to the match.

SEATING: All seating will be general admission in the bleachers at floor level. Fans will not be permitted to enter the main concourse or upper level of the Arena unless the floor level seats are filled to capacity.

CONCESSIONS & RESTROOMS: Concessions will be available at the Aubie Chow stand in the student lobby through the northwest tunnel. Restrooms are available through the northwest and southeast tunnels as well.

PARKING: Fans are encouraged to park in the Arena lot. Enter from Donahue Drive or Heisman Drive. Parking is also available in the East Coliseum lot or the Stadium Deck next to Plainsman Park.

FRIDAY:
• Boy Scout and Girl Scout Night - free "Scout Day" badge to first 100 Scouts in uniform

SUNDAY:
• Senior Day

• The Tigers defeated both Tennessee (3-0) and Ole Miss (3-1) on the road earlier this season.
• Auburn has matched its SEC and overall win totals from 2012 with three matches left.
• 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.
• Head Coach Rick Nold is in his third season at Auburn. He has a career head coaching record of 217-140 over 11+ seasons and is 45-42 at Auburn.
• Nold has had a record of .500 or better in 10 of 12 years as a collegiate head coach.
• 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 fifth all-time in career digs at Auburn (1,189) and third in the SEC this year (4.63/set).
• Seniors Katherine Culwell (6th - 985) and Camila Jersonsky (8th - 860) are among the top 10 active career kill leaders in the SEC (through matches of 11/17).
• Senior Camila Jersonsky is Auburn's all-time leader in career hitting percentage (.351).
• Auburn has an all-time record of 573-570-4 (.501) in its 42nd season of intercollegiate volleyball.

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

Katherine Culwell: Has 985 career kills with three matches left, needs to average 5.0 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)
Chelsea Wintzinger: Has 32 service aces this season, a new Auburn record for the 25-point rally scoring era; has 2,576 career assists, moved into 4th all-time at Auburn last week.
Camila Jersonsky: Has 358 career total blocks; needs 5 more to move into 6th all-time; has 308 career block assists, needs 10 more for 5th all-time; has 50 solo blocks, is tied for 10th all-time; remains Auburn's all-time hitting percentage leader at .351 (860 kills, 231 errors, 1790 attempts).
Sarah Wroblicky: Has 1,189 career digs; moved into 5th all-time during Sunday's match at Texas A&M; needs 24 more for 4th; will likely finish career at Auburn 2nd in career digs/set (currently 3.64); has 449 digs this season, needs 20 more (6.7/match) to set the Auburn single-season record (469)

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 to 62nd in the latest release. Both of Auburn's opponents last week were 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 5 L 0-3 (A) L 0-3 (H)
Nebraska 6 W 3-1 (N) --
Kentucky 9 L 0-3 (H) --
Florida State 24 L 2-3 (H) --
Georgia 31 (Nov. 27 @ UGA) --
Alabama 33 L 1-3 (H) --
LSU 34 W 3-1 (H) W 3-2 (A)
Texas A&M 35 W 3-1 (H) L 0-3 (A)
Arkansas 40 L 1-3 (A) W 3-1 (H)
AUBURN 62 -- --
Notre Dame 97 L 2-3 (A) --
Ole Miss 107 W 3-1 (A) (Nov. 24 @ home)
South Carolina 108 W 3-0 (A) --
Mississippi State 133 W 3-0 (H) --
Green Bay 137 L 2-3 (H) --
Loyola-Chicago 166 W 3-0 (N) --
Oakland 167 W 3-0 (N) --
Tennessee 179 W 3-0 (A) (Nov. 22 @ home)
Saint Louis 196 W 3-0 (A) --
Troy 227 W 3-1 (H) --
Jacksonville State 243 W 3-0 (A) --
SIU Edwardsville 270 W 3-0 (A) --
Louisiana-Monroe 291 W 3-0 (N) --
Mercer 309 W 3-0 (H) --

• Tennessee enters the weekend at 9-20 overall, 1-14 in SEC play. The Lady Vols have lost seven straight.
• The Lady Vols returned just three letterwinners and no starters from their 2012 team that went 22-8 overall, 15-5 in SEC play, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
• Tennessee leads the SEC in digs at 17.74/set, a mark that ranks 7th in the NCAA.
• Libero Ellen Mullins leads the SEC and ranks third nationally with 5.78 digs/set; she set the UT all-time digs record Wednesday vs. Florida.
• Head coach Rob Patrick is in his 17th season at Tennessee, where he has averaged more than 20 wins per season.

LAST TIME: AUBURN 3, TENNESSEE 0 (11/1/13)
Auburn won for the first time in Thompson-Boling Arena and just the third time ever in Knoxville, defeating Tennessee 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-14). The Tigers won for the fifth time in their last six matches, playing stingy defense and not allowing the Lady Vols to get in any offensive rhythm.

Sarah Wroblicky finished with 21 digs, a season-high in a three-set match this year, and had 17 through the first two sets. She also helped set up the offense with seven assists on the night. Auburn also totaled eight blocks on the night with Katherine Culwell leading the way with a pair of solo stuffs and two assists. Camila Jersonsky and Stephanie Campbell were each in on three blocks, and Emily Klitzke had a hand in two.

The Tigers spread their offense around as four players had at least seven kills. Kathia Rud led the way with 10 kills and nine digs, barely missing her seventh double-double of the year. Klitzke and Jersonsky had eight kills apiece - Klitzke hitting a team-high .467 and Jersonsky at .300 - and Culwell added seven.

• Ole Miss enters the week at 13-15 overall, 3-12 in SEC play. The Rebels were picked to finish sixth in the SEC West this season. Last year, Ole Miss was 12-17 overall, 6-14 in league play.
• The Rebels are the fourth-best serving team in the SEC, averaging 1.35 aces/set.
• Nakeyta Clair averages 1.16 blocks/set, which ranks fifth in the SEC and 97th nationally. Clair also leads the Rebels in kills/set (2.54) and hitting percentage (.304).
• Auburn has beaten Ole Miss four of the last five meetings. This is Ole Miss' first trip to Auburn since Sept. 25, 2011.
• Joe Getzin is in his 12th season at Ole Miss. He has led the Rebels to three NCAA Tournament appearances.

LAST TIME: AUBURN 3, OLE MISS 1 (10/13/13)
Sarah Wroblicky recorded her 1,000th career dig, and Auburn got their first SEC win of the season with a 3-1 win (14-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-20) at Ole Miss. The Tigers snapped a six-match losing streak after rebounding from a poor first set to come back strong in the final three games.

Wroblicky became the 10th player in Auburn history to reach the 1,000-dig plateau for her career and actually moved into eighth all-time at Auburn. She had 17 digs in the match.

The Tigers were able to find their most consistent offensive success through the middle of the floor as Auburn's three middles combined for 33 of Auburn's 54 kills with just two errors. Senior Camila Jersonsky led the way with 15 kills with just one error for a .519 hitting percentage. She was bested in the hitting department by Stephanie Campbell, who had an error-free 10 kills on 19 swings for a .526 percentage. Jersonsky also had three blocks in the match while Campbell was in on two of them. Courtney McDonald, had eight kills on 10 attacks with just one error for a .700 hitting mark.

The 2013 regular season comes to a close next Wednesday, Nov. 27, as the Tigers travel to Athens, Ga., to face the Georgia Bulldogs. The match is set for a 4 p.m. CT start at the Ramsey Student Center on the UGA campus.