KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Auburn volleyball team used a strong, well-rounded effort to capture a 3-0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-21) win over Tennessee Wednesday night in Knoxville. The victory moves the Tigers to 18-11 overall and 10-7 in SEC play.
The Tigers offense was beyond exceptional and finished with its best hitting performance in SEC play this year, having a .341 clip on 38 kills with just eight errors. Auburn's defense also exceled and limited the Volunteer's to a .021 hitting percentage - the lowest by any Tiger opponent this season.
Sophomore Courtney Crable finished with 11 kills to lead all student-athletes, while freshman Brenna McIlroy had eight kills and a .444 hitting percentage. Junior Stephanie Campbell chipped in eight kills and hit .500 on the night, while sophomore Alexa Filley paced the offense with 27 assists.
Defensively, the Tigers finished with 10 blocks overall. Campbell led the way with six and Filley followed with five to tie a career high. McIlroy and Kelly Stewart finished with nine digs, while Jesse Earl and Alyssa Ivey had seven apiece.
Tenneesse (20-12, 6-11) was led by freshman Erica Treiber with seven kills and five blocks. Libero Brooke Schumacher had a match-high 12 digs and setter Lexi Dempsey finished with 25 assists.
After falling behind 5-3 in set one, the Tigers went on a 10-point run to go ahead 13-5. The long rally was highlighted by three kills and two blocks from Campbell. A trio of Volunteer errors gave Auburn a 19-8 lead and a kill from Crable made it 22-10. A McIlroy kill sealed a 25-13 set win. Auburn finished the set hitting a solid .407, having 13 kills on 27 attempts with just two errors.
The Tiger offense continued its ways in the second stanza and the Auburn blockers added to the cause, having five blocks in the set. A kill from Campbell sent the Tigers on a five-point run for a 10-5 lead and another rally pushed the visitors to a 17-9 advantage. A block from Campbell/Filley made it 23-12 and a solo block by Breanna Barksdale lifted Auburn to a 25-14 win.
A pair of three-point runs led to a 6-3 Auburn lead to start set three. A kill from McIlroy sent the Tigers on 5-0 rally for a 11-5 advantage and one from Crable made it 15-8. Auburn forced a late Tennessee timeout after another Campbell/Filley block made it 20-13. The Volunteers began to chip away at the Tiger lead and came within three at 23-20, but a kill from Barksdale made it match point and one from Filley secured a 25-21 victory.
Auburn closes out the regular season Friday, traveling to No. 24 Kentucky. The Tigers and the Wildcats face off at 6 p.m. CT on SEC Network+.