Auburn Sweeps Volleyball Bears From NCAA Tournament



LINCOLN, Neb. -- After a sluggish first set against Auburn, the Missouri State volleyball team battled toe-to toe with the Tigers before falling in three sets by scores of 25-15, 26-24, 27-25 in the first match of the 2010 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship at the NU Coliseum in Lincoln, Neb.

    The Bears closed the season at 21-10 with their sixth NCAA appearance since 2003, while Auburn improved to 21-12 in advancing to the second round.

    An early 5-0 run gave Auburn a 7-3 lead in the first set and the Tigers continued their hot-hitting to a .481 percentage for a 25-15 win. Missouri State got no closer than six points after the AU lead grew to 17-9 as the Bears struggled with seven errors against 11 kills for a .138 hitting figure while surrendering two service aces as well.

    The Bears turned their first three swings of the second set into kills on the way to a 7-3 lead and held the advantage until a 5-0 run made it 12-10 in favor of the Tigers. The Bears responded to tie the set at 12-all, and the set was tied five more times before three Auburn blocks gave the Tigers a 21-18 lead. Side outs got the score to 24-22 Auburn before Carly Thomas scored an ace for the Bears and an Auburn attack error capped a 3-0 MSU run with the score knotted at 24. The Tigers called timeout, and Missouri State came out and sent a serve long before putting an attack into the net to hand the Tigers the two-point win.

    Auburn charged ahead in the third set, taking a 9-3 lead after the Bears scored the first point. Missouri State chipped away and eventually took a 13-12 lead when a Tiger attack sailed wide, and continued that run to 3-0 and a 14-12 advantage. Auburn responded with a 6-1 run to go ahead 18-15, and pushed the lead to 20-16 before MSU closed the gap to 20-19 and forced the tie at 23-23. Another Thomas ace earned the set point at 24-23, and Shayla Patrick’s kill made another at 25-24, but Auburn’s 10th and 11th blocks ended the match with a 27-25 set win.

    The Bears finished the match hitting .098 to Auburn’s .231. Calli Norman led with eight kills on .238 hitting and four blocks. Cara Hackmann closed her illustrious career with 13 digs, her 101st career double-figure match. Thomas had 21 assists and two aces.



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