The 2009 Auburn Volleyball Team: Recap
Dec. 16, 2009
AUBURN, Ala. - The 2009 season was one worth remembering for the Auburn volleyball program as the young Tiger squad put together the team's best season in 10 years.
The Tigers finished the season with a 16-15 overall mark and were 8-12 in the Southeastern Conference. Auburn concluded the year second in the SEC West and tied for fifth overall in the league. The 16 overall wins and eight SEC victories were the most the team has had since 1999.
"The overall season was a great success," said Wade Benson, head volleyball coach. "All the players and coaches did a great job and I'm so proud of everyone associated with the program. This year was a major step in turning the Auburn volleyball program NCAA tournament contender."
BIG WINS AND TOUGH COMPETITION
Among the team's great achievements this year were key wins over tough SEC opponents. On Oct. 4, the Tigers defeated Arkansas (3-2) for just the fourth time in the two teams' history. Auburn hosted Alabama on Oct. 23 and picked up the three-set sweep over its in-state rival. The win marked just the second time in 10 years the Tigers have defeated the Crimson Tide.
The national tournament-contending Tennessee Lady Vols came to Auburn on Nov. 13 and, despite being down two sets, the Tigers came away with the 3-2 win. The victory marked just the second time since the 1998 season that Auburn has bested Tennessee.
"The freshman class matured greatly and added depth to our squad this year," Benson said. "Sarah and Katherine were depended upon a lot and the experienced they gained will really show next year."
Bullock led the team in total kills (296), kills per set (2.62) and total attempts (889), while also owning a team best 11 solo blocks. She also finished with a team-high eight double-doubles. For her efforts, Bullock was named to the All-SEC Freshmen team.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Having three players honored by the conference marked the first time in Auburn volleyball history that the team has had more than two honors during a season.
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