Auburn defeats Arkansas 3-0
AUBURN, Ala. -- The Auburn volleyball team closed out its home schedule with a bang, sweeping Arkansas, 3-0 (26-24, 25-21, 25-14), on Senior Day Sunday afternoon in Auburn Arena.
The Tigers (17-11, 9-7) honored seniors Mary Hannah Arrington and Alyssa Ivey as well as junior Taylor Schill prior to the match. Arrington and Ivey will graduate with degrees in nursing, while Schill will graduate early with a degree in marketing.
Junior Emily Klitzke finished with a team-best 13 kills in the match, hitting .455 over three sets. Classmate Stephanie Campbell added eight kills and a .438 hitting percentage for Auburn. A trio of Tigers had six kills in the match in Courtney Crable, Brenna McIlroy and Breanna Barksdale. Setter Alexa Filley had a match-high 30 assists and added two kills.
Defensively, libero Jesse Earl totaled 18 digs, while Ivey finished with 10. Barksdale led the team with five blocks and McIlroy and Klitzke had three apiece.
The Razorbacks (17-11, 7-9) were led offensively by Barbara Dapic with 11 kills. Danielle Harbin and Pilar Victoria had seven kills each and libero Okiana Valle finished with 25 digs.
Tied at 7-7 in set one, a kill from Campbell sent the Tigers on a three-point run for a 10-7 lead. Arkansas responded with a run to jump ahead 13-11 and then used a pair of kills from Dapic to go up 19-16. Auburn was ready with an answer as a kill from Klitzke triggered a Tiger rally and the home squad went on to win the set, 26-24.
The Razorbacks used early momentum to take a quick 7-5 advantage in the second. The Tigers battled back to tie the set at 12 apiece and a pair of aces from Kelly Stewart lifted Auburn to a 15-12 lead. Kills from Crable and Campbell gave the Tigers a 21-17 lead and a kill from Klitzke sealed a 25-21 win.
Auburn came out of intermission on fire and took an early 10-5 advantage in set three. A kill from Campbell sent the Tigers on a 5-1 run for a 21-12 lead and kills by Barksdale and Klitzke gave Auburn the match, 25-14.
The Tigers close out the season on the road, traveling to Tennessee and nationally-ranked Kentucky. Auburn faces the Volunteers Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 8 p.m. in Knoxville. The team finishes the week at Kentucky Friday, Nov. 27, in a 6 p.m. match.