Auburn Volleyball returns to Neville to host Tennessee for Dig Pink Match


AUBURN, Alabama – After a hard-fought split with Missouri, Auburn Volleyball returns to Neville Arena to face the Lady Vols for the Tiger’s Dig Pink game.

Kendal Kemp consistent blocking power surpassed the 100-block mark this weekend with six blocks against Missouri. The Eagan, Minn., native holds the Tiger’s fourth-most blocks in a single season and the SEC’s best with 105.

Libero Sarah Morton covered the back end, grabbing 16 digs on Saturday and 14 digs on Sunday. Morton has topped 10 digs per game for 17 games this season, earning him the No. 2 ranking in the conference in total digs (311).

Akasha Anderson the mighty swing had 20 kills on Saturday and 22 kills on Sunday, hitting the 20 kill mark for the sixth time this season and third straight. The freshman hitter ranks first in the SEC in total runs (319.5) and second in total knockouts (281).

Auburn’s defensive strategy keeps opponents to just .174 hitting percentage, second-best in the conference. Overall, the Tigers rank third in blocks per set (2.61) and service aces per set (1.75) heading into Friday’s game against Tennessee.

The head coach Brent CrouchThe team has made significant progress in the range of services. Directed by Fallan Lanham who is fifth in the SEC in aces per set, the Tiger’s 133 total aces are second in the conference.

Tennessee enters Friday’s game at Neville Arena with a 4-4 conference record and a 10-10 overall record. In five seasons, head coach Eve Rackham Watt compiled a career record of 73-37 with a conference record of 47-26.

The Lady Volunteers’ offensive power comes from senior right side Morgahn Fingall, who ranks first in the SEC in knockouts per set (4.11) and points per set (4.84). Fingall also ranks fifth in total kills with 267.

Carrying the defensive efforts are sophomore outside hitter Erykah Lovett and redshirt freshman middle tackle Klaudia Pawlick. Lovett leads Tennessee in digs (183) and Pawlick leads in blocks (67) and blocks per set (1.16).

As a team, Tennessee ranks fifth in the SEC in digs per set (13.77), hit percentage (.253), and kills per set (13.25).

The Tigers are 19-36-1 against Tennessee since the two programs first met in 1974. The record includes a 12-15 mark on the Plains. Auburn’s last win against the Lady Vols came at home in 2017.

Auburn stays home on the Plains for a primetime game with No. 11 Florida on Wednesday, Oct. 26.


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