Tigers unable to keep up with No. 14 Florida

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History AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn Volleyball struggled with the No. 14 Florida Gators, but couldn’t keep up with the pace as the game progressed, falling 3-0 on Wednesday night (23-25, 18-25, 15-25). More than 1,600 Tiger stalwarts gathered at Neville Arena, marking the seventh largest audience in the program’s history, and Orange and Blue did not disappoint in the first set. The opening frame went toe-to-toe with Florida and featured 17 ties and five lead changes. Freshman Madison Scheer got five kills on seven swings and fellow youngster Akasha Anderson wasn’t far behind, racking up four kills of his own. As a team, the Tigers hit an impressive .308 as it looked like the set would creep into extra points. A quick two-point run, corresponding to the largest run of both teams, gave the Gators the opening stanza and the lead. Both offenses came down in set number two. After hitting north of .500 to open the game, four timed blocks, including three from Kendal Kemp, held Florida at just .200 for the second set. The Eagan, Minnesota native finished the night with four blocks, totaling 117 on the season and two shy of sliding into second place in one-season Auburn history. Kemp’s middle blocking partner Chelsey Harmon found a run of success mid-frame, making three kills to keep the Gators within reach. However, double-digit errors ended up being too much to overcome as Florida took a two-set advantage. Momentum in hand, Florida found its bulk of separation in the third. Still, head coach Brent Crouch’s Tigers didn’t go away. After a timeout, two kills by Scheer and an error by the visitors forced Florida to take some time to think. In the end, the hole was too deep for Auburn to crawl out as the Tigers just dropped their third game of the season and the first at Neville Arena in 2022.

MATCH NOTES

The 1,654 on hand marks the seventh largest crown in Auburn Volleyball history Sarah Morton has tracked 11 digs to give her 19 games this season, with at least 10 Kendal Kemp collecting four blocks to give her 117 of the season, two shy to tie Camila Jersonsky for second in one-season history NEXT The Tigers head to Lexington on Saturday and Sunday for two games with the Kentucky Wildcats. Auburn returns to the Plains on November 5 for the first of two games against Texas A&M.

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