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Auburn Tigers vs. Alabama A&M Bulldogs at Neville Arena in Auburn, Ala.  on Tuesday, Sep. 6, 2022.
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Auburn volleyball sweeps Iron Bowl to expand to 13-0

The Auburn Tigers (13-0 SEC: 2-0) traveled to Foster Auditorium in Tuscaloosa for a two-game series to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide (6-9 SEC: 0-3).  Auburn would continue their unbeaten ways winning each game in 3-1 set victories. 

The first game was held on Saturday, November 25th, Auburn was looking to build on perfect pre-SEC play and they would do so despite dropping the first set 28-26. 

Auburn was led by Madison Scheer with 19 kills, She would also be one of three Auburn players with six blocks on the night as joining her were Bel Zimmerman, and Kendal Kemp. Leading to Auburn finishing with 16.5 blocks on the night, 0.5 shy for most in a four-set match.

Another key to the Auburn victory was Akash Anderson as she secured her second career double-double with 16 kills and 15 digs.

Head Coach Brent Crouch was quoted as saying “I thought we came out with some nerves, which wasn't really surprising. With so many young players and it being their first SEC match on the road against our rival Alabama, I knew there would be nerves. They have a really good spin server but the reason we were down a bit early was how nervous we were. We settled down well, though, and had a chance to win that first set.”

The second game was held on Sunday, November 26th, Auburn carried their momentum carrying their perfect record and expanded to 2-0 in SEC play, despite again dropping their first set 25-16.

Madison Scheer the Auburn freshman would lead the Tigers with 20 kills and three blocks.

Auburn would take over in the second through fourth sets winning them 25-16, 25-14, 25-14. Including hitting a fantastic .278 as a team.

On the whole weekend Coach, Crouch was quoted as saying “It was a great weekend. It was interesting in both first sets of both matches, Alabama played great and we were just a little bit on our heels. I think we're still learning how to play our level consistently and how to do that all weekend long against really good teams in the SEC. Once again, we settled down heading into the second set. We just continually play better as the match goes on.”

Auburn’s next game will be in Neville Arena for the first time, since September 6th, this Wednesday, September 28th against Mississippi State as Auburn looks to be 14-0. 

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