Around Auburn Sports: No. 20 soccer stunned at Mississippi State

The #20 Auburn Soccer team was stunned by MSU

STARKVILLE, Miss. — The No. 20 Auburn soccer team saw its 10-match unbeaten streak end in the most unlikely of places on Sunday afternoon as it was shutout, 2-0, at Mississippi State.

The loss, Auburn’s first in the series with Mississippi State since 2001 and only its fourth overall, drops Auburn’s record to 9-2-1, 3-1-0 SEC while Mississippi State improved to 4-5-3, 1-2-1 SEC.

Auburn outshot Mississippi State, 24-11, and forced Mississippi State goalkeeper Skylar Rosson into making eight saves. Auburn goalkeeper Amy Howard saw just four shots go on frame, but she was only able to stop two of them.

Auburn’s four-match road trip continues next weekend when it heads to No. 9 Florida on Friday and South Carolina on Sunday.

No. 1 men’s golf looks to defense Jerry Pate title
The top-ranked Auburn men’s golf team will look to defend its 2010 title at the Jerry Pate National, held Monday and Tuesday at Old Overton Golf Club in Vestavia Hills.

The Tigers will take on a 12-team field that features No. 5 Alabama and No. 7 Texas.

The Tigers recently were named No. 1 by the Golf Digest/Nike Golf Coaches’ Poll. The ranking marks the first time the Tigers have topped the poll since its inception in 2001 and the first time Auburn has received a No. 1 ranking since the fall of 1996.

Rounding out the field are No. 12 Clemson, Arizona, Louisville, Mississippi State, Middle Tennessee State, Samford, SMU, UAB and UNLV.

The Tigers start the day in Monday’s final pairing, teeing off the back nine with at 8:20 a.m. with UNLV and Arizona.  Teams will play a continuous 36 holes on Monday with the final 18 in Tuesday’s final round.

Volleyball earns sweep over South Carolina
Three Tigers had double-digit kills and two posted double-doubles as the Auburn volleyball team swept away SEC foe South Carolina 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-17) Sunday afternoon at the Student Activities Center.

Auburn (9-7, 3-3 SEC) earned its fourth win over South Carolina (9-6, 0-5 SEC) in the teams’ last five meetings, and the Tigers improved to 4-1 on their home court in 2011.

Senior Kelly Fidero led the Auburn offense with 14 kills, one shy of a season-high and her fifth-straight match with double-digit kills. Junior Sarah Bullock picked up her third double-double of the season with 12 kills and 11 digs, and sophomore Camila Jersonsky had 11 kills on 18 attacks with no errors for a sparkling .611 hitting percentage.

The Tigers face a quick turnaround with a nationally-televised midweek match on tap. Auburn will travel to face SEC rival Georgia on Wednesday night with ESPNU set to provide the broadcast. First serve is set for 6 p.m. at the Ramsey Student Center on the UGA campus.

Men’s tennis wrap up play at Tech, prepares for ITA Qualifying
Auburn men’s tennis concluded its stay at the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational on Sunday afternoon in Atlanta and will begin play at the ITA Men’s All-American Championship on Monday in Tulsa, Okla.

Saturday, junior Lucas Lopasso provided the Tigers’ only singles victory with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Lipscomb’s Oliver Strecker in the first round of the A-Singles draw. He then dropped a 6-4, 6-4 decision to Rafael Aita of UNC-Wilmington in the round of 16.

In doubles, the team of Lopasso and Rondino won their opening match with a 4-0 (ret. inj.) victory over Juan Gutierrez and Lucas Santana of Georgia State. The Auburn duo would fall in the quarterfinals Sunday, dropping an 8-6 decision to Adan Donaldson and Chris Simich of Louisville.

At the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, sophomore Daniel Cochrane was awarded a spot in the qualifying draw and was not required to compete in the pre-qualifying stage over the weekend. He will face Georgia Tech’s Kevin King in Monday’s first round.

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