ATLANTA - The Auburn volleyball team tried to rally after dropping the first two sets at Georgia Tech on Sunday, but fell short in a four-set loss (16-25, 19-25, 25-19, 21-25) at O'Keefe Gym.
The Tigers (4-2) played much improved volleyball over the final two frames after falling behind early in the first two sets. However, Georgia Tech (7-1) rallied behind a loud, raucous crowd of 1,052 to earn their sixth straight win.
Junior Emily Klitzke led the Tigers with 11 kills on the day while hitting .300. Junior CiCi Silva added 10 kills while Breanna Barksdale and Courtney Crable had nine apiece.
Sophomore Alexa Filley had 35 assists and 12 digs for her fourth double-double of the year. Senior Alyssa Ivey led the Tigers' defense with 13 digs.
After struggling in all phases of the game in the first two sets, the third game was a different story as Auburn jumped out to a big early lead and never looked back. The Tigers hit .289 in the third frame with a 16-kill effort and held the Jackets to a .051 mark as Auburn pulled away for a 25-19 win. Set four was a close affair that saw the score tied three times - including late at 17-17 - but the Tigers came up just short as Tech took the match with a 25-21 win.
Auburn had more kills (51) than Tech (47) but hit .129 for the match compared to Tech's .216. The Yellow Jackets also had nine blocks on the day while the Tigers managed just three. Teegan Van Gunst led Georgia Tech with 18 kills and a .390 attack percentage.
The Tigers resume tournament play next weekend when they travel to Memphis, Tenn., for the Memphis Invitational. Auburn will face Little Rock and Memphis on Friday and Tennessee Tech on Saturday.