BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – It may not have been a Sunday stroll through the park but Auburn Vollectn (8-0, 0-0) quickly brought down North Florida (1-7, 0-0) in sweeping, 3-0 fashion. (25-18, 25-16, 25-19).
After his best performance as Tiger, Chelsey Harmon continued to keep momentum for Sunday. Two kills early in the set allowed Auburn to keep Ospreys within reach.
While the Orange and Blue blocking records reset a day earlier, it took Kendal Kemp and Jackie Barrett midway through the first half to set the team’s first record of the day. However, once Tiger rolled, the block group was in full swing.
Four rejections, including two from Harmon, gave Auburn the separation needed to finish the first frame, especially since Madison Scheer won four lives at clip .571.
Akasha Anderson and Madison Scheer seemed to have taken something personal in the second set. Both hit kill seven at the end of the second with Scheer hitting a high of ,462 teammates. Eureka, Missouri is one of two Tigers attacking north of .400 with Harmon close behind at .400 even as it heads into Tuesday.
Head coach Brent Crouch’s team also attempted to serve in the second stanza. Cassidy Tanton and Jackie Barrett each added aces, allowing Auburn to run three and four consecutive points while both were serving.
Barrett, a student from Highland, California, did everything on Sunday. The setter had two aces in the first two sets along with three blocks and finished with the first double of the season (28 assists, 10 digs).
In terms of defense, the Tigers are equally strong in attack and defence. The combination of Kemp and Harmon taking the lead at the front with Morton, Fallan Lanham and Zoe Slaughter in the back kept North Florida beating just .030 in the second set and gave Orange and Blue a two-set lead.
Anderson found another device to start the third set in an impressive way. Quickly accumulating seven kills, the freshman suddenly had a 14-game peak.
Meanwhile, Osprey’s has no intention of returning to the Sunshine State after being swept away. A short run on the service line gave UNF a three-point lead midway through.
A well-timed timeout in the third inning from Crouch resets the focus on blocking and the Tigers put the pedal to the metal. Backblocks from Kemp secured that set, and Auburn never looked back. As the dust settled, both Scheer and Anderson hit double-digit kills at 15 and 12 each, while the teammate’s 9.0 blocks resulted in the defense holding Ospreys to just 0.03 for the game.
The 3-0 winner became the team’s fourth goal of the season and continued a perfect (8-0) start.
- Auburn is currently on an 8-0 run of the season, against the 2012 Tigers and a win from the show’s best start (9-0, 1990).
- Sunday marked Auburn’s fourth sweep of the season, the 13th since Crouch arrived in the Plains and the 48th of his career.
- The Tigers have let their opponents under 100 hit rate for the third time this season.
- Jackie Barrett (28 assists, 10 digs) scored his first double of the season.
- Sarah Morton hit the double-digit mark in her fifth straight game and seventh in her career with 16 digs.
- Akasha Anderson (15 kills) hit double-digit kills in three consecutive matches.
- Madison Scheer (12 kills) has racked up double-digit kills in three straight games, Cassidy Tanton’s two aces best suited to her career.
“I think this is a pretty good serving team and they put a lot of pressure on us from the touchline. Our high-ball on the left really helped us get through the system. Madison [Scheer] and Akasha [Anderson] are physics and they are dealing with situations where we need to clean up. That was an important part of today’s victory.
“The other part that we preach all the time is defense, defense, defense. We’ve held them under 100 hit points for the game and that’s what we want. We talked about it in the game. during the middle of the third set. We lost 16-13 at that point and we just showed them how effective they were. They responded the same way they did yesterday. When they were able to make quick adjustments. quick and responsive to what we’re saying about really good omens for the future.”