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2013 Auburn Volleyball Season in Review

Dec. 6, 2013

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Final Overall Record: 19-11
Final SEC Record: 10-8
Final SEC Standing: T-6th

Last Two Weeks:
Friday, Nov. 22 - def. Tennessee, 3-0 (25-14, 25-7, 25-16)
Sunday, Nov. 24 - def. Ole Miss, 3-1 (19-25, 25-14, 25-19, 25-14)
Wednesday, Nov. 27
- lost at Georgia, 1-3 (25-20, 16-25, 22-25, 17-25)

 SP  K (PS)  E  TA  Pct.  A (PS)  SA (PS)  SE  RE  D (PS)  BS  BA  TB
 108  1498 (13.9)  620  3987  .220  1394 (12.9)  116 (1.1)  134  106  1792 (16.6)  44  319  203.5

• Auburn finished the 2013 volleyball season with an overall record of 19-11, including a 10-8 mark in SEC play.
• The Tigers won two more matches overall than in 2012 and also win two more wins and four fewer losses in SEC play (league went from a 20-match schedule to an 18-match schedule this year).
• Auburn finished in a tie for sixth place in the final SEC standings, even with Texas A&M.
• In what would have been the SEC Western Division, Auburn would have tied for second place after being picked to finish fourth in the preseason (divisional play in volleyball was eliminated just before the season started).
• Auburn secured a winning record for the second-straight season and the fourth time in the last five years. This was the 19th winning season in Auburn volleyball history.
• Auburn won 10 SEC matches for the seventh time in program history and just the second time in the last 15 years.
• The Tigers' win over No. 10 Nebraska on Aug. 31 was the second in school history over a nationally-ranked opponent and the first over a top-10 foe.
• Auburn played 10 opponents this season that earned NCAA Tournament bids, earning five victories.
• Auburn has an all-time record of 575-571-4 (.501) in its 42nd season of intercollegiate volleyball.

• Head Coach Rick Nold wrapped up his third season at Auburn, where he has a 47-43 overall record. He has a career head coaching record of 219-141 over 12 seasons.
• Nold has had a record of .500 or better in 10 of 12 seasons as a collegiate head coach.
• Nold is just the second coach in Auburn history (since 1986) to have an overall winning record after three seasons (Pat Ghastin was 60-50 from 1986-88, immediately after the program was reinstated).
• 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).
• Since 1986, Auburn is 150-91 (.622) with Grunwald on the bench; 275-353 (.437) without him.

• Senior Camila Jersonsky was named the SEC Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was also named to the 2013 All-SEC Team.
• Jersonsky finished her career as Auburn's all-time leader in hitting percentage (.355).
• Jersonsky also finished in the Auburn all-time top 10 in four blocking categories - 6th in total blocks (368) and block assists (317), 7th in blocks per set (0.92) and 10th in solo blocks (51).
• Senior Katherine Culwell became the 6th all-time member of the 1,000-kill/1,000-dig club at Auburn. She finished her career with 1,013 kills and 1,005 digs.
• Culwell recorded her 1,000th career kill in a win over Ole Miss (11/24) and her 1,000th dig in the final match of the season at Georgia (11/27).
• Senior Sarah Wroblicky finished her career ranked fourth all-time in career digs at Auburn (1,235) and third in the SEC this year (4.63/set).
• Wroblicky broke the Auburn single-season digs record in a win over Ole Miss (11/24). She finished the season with 493 digs.
• Seniors Katherine Culwell (6th - 1,013) and Camila Jersonsky (8th - 894) are among the top 10 active career kill leaders in the SEC (through matches of 11/30).
• Senior Chelsea Wintzinger became the fourth setter in Auburn history with 2,500 career assists and finished fourth all-time in career assists with 2,654.
• Wintzinger also set the single-season Auburn record (in the 25-point rally scoring era) for service aces with 35 during the season.
• Freshman Stephanie Campbell started every match and played in every set during the 2013 season, making her the first freshman to accomplish that feat since Sarah Bullock in 2009.
• Auburn used just two different starting lineups during the season. The most-used lineup - Emily Klitzke, Katherine Culwell, Chelsea Wintzinger, Camila Jersonsky, Kathia Rud, Stephanie Campbell and Sarah Wroblicky (libero) posted a record of 13-6.
• Four Auburn volleyball players will earn their degrees in December 2013 - Katherine Culwell (M.S.), Sarah Wroblicky, Courtney McDonald and Chloe Rowand.

Auburn had its second-straight winning season with a 19-11 record, its fourth winning season in the last five seasons. It was also the second time in the last four years to finish with a winning mark in conference play at 10-8. Prior to the 2010 season (11-9 in SEC play), the last time Auburn was above .500 in league play was the 1999 season.

Auburn's win over Ole Miss on Nov. 24 was the 10th in SEC play this season for the Tigers. It marked just the fourth time in program history that the Tigers have hit the double-digit mark in conference victories. Auburn previously won double-digit conference matches in 2010 (11-9), 1996 (10-5) and 1995 (11-4).

Despite finishing with 19 overall wins, tied for sixth in the SEC and with a winning record in conference play, Auburn was denied its second all-time NCAA Tournament bid, even though the SEC received a record eight selections to the postseason event. It is just the fourth time in the last 10 years that an SEC team with at least 19 wins and a winning SEC record did not receive an NCAA bid.

Ranked Teams: Auburn ended a streak of 12 straight losses to nationally-ranked opponents with a 3-1 victory over No. 10 Nebraska on Aug. 31, the second match of the season for both teams. It was the second all-time win over a nationally-ranked team for Auburn; the other came in 2010 vs. then-No. 24 Kentucky.
LSU: Auburn had lost 22 straight matches to LSU coming into the 2013 season. The Tigers turned the tide in a big way with a season-sweep of LSU, the first for Auburn since 1999. Auburn took a 3-1 win on Oct. 18 at Auburn Arena, then pulled off a near-miraculous comeback to win 3-2 in Baton Rouge on Nov. 15.
Tennessee: The Tigers snapped a five-match losing skid to Tennessee, sweeping the Lady Vols in two matches this season. Auburn also picked up its first-ever win in Thompson-Boling Arena on Nov. 1, which also marked the third all-time win in Knoxville for Auburn volleyball.

Katherine Culwell: Reached the 1,000-kill mark for her career with her fifth kill in the win over Ole Miss on Nov. 24, then reached the 1,000-dig mark with her 12th dig (of 17) in loss to Georgia on Nov. 27. Became the 6th all-time member of the 1,000-kill/1,000-dig club in Auburn history.
Sarah Wroblicky: Reached the 1,000-dig mark in Auburn's win at Ole Miss on Oct. 13. She finished her career fourth all-time in career digs at Auburn with 1,235.





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