AUBURN, Ala. – The Auburn volleyball team hits the road for a match against SEC West rival Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss., at 7 p.m. on Friday.
The Tigers enter the match with a 14-5 overall mark and are 5-2 in conference play, while the Rebels stand at 10-5 and 4-2.
"Ole Miss is a very tough and a very good team, especially when they are playing at home," head coach Wade Benson said. "Friday night's match will be a major battle against two NCAA-caliber teams and I believe we have the maturity, the talent and the mental toughness to come away with a big win."
The Tigers continue on the road as the team travels to Gainesville, Fla., on Oct. 15 for a 3 p.m. CST match against the No. 2 Florida Gators. Auburn closes out the weekend in Columbia, S.C., with a 12:30 p.m. CST match on Oct. 17 against the South Carolina Gamecocks.
SCOUTING OLE MISS
The Ole Miss Rebels enter Friday night's match with a 10-5 overall mark and are 4- 2 in the SEC, coming off a split weekend on the road.
The team traveled to Knoxville, Tenn., on Oct. 3 and fell to the nationally-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols in three sets. The Rebels turned it around and earned a three-set sweep over Kentucky in Lexington on Oct. 3.
Junior Regina Thomas leads Ole Miss and the conference with a .395 attack percentage and is third in the SEC with an average of 1.28 blocks per set. Setter Amanda Philpot is seventh in the conference with a 6.61 assists-per-set average and libero Morgan Springer is second in the SEC with a 5.00 digs-per-set average. Ole Miss holds a slim 21-20 lead in the series between the two squads.
The Tigers came away with two, four-set victories over the Rebels last season to end a seven-match losing streak to Ole Miss.
Entering her final season at Auburn, senior libero Liz Crouch had 1,234 digs in her career and was third all-time at Auburn in career digs. At this point of the year, Crouch has recorded 249 digs and has 1,483 on her career. She needs just 13 more digs to pass Gretchen Thompson (1,495 digs) and become Auburn's all-time digs leader.