Aug. 26, 2006
DALLAS (SMU) -
SMU and Auburn went point-for-point into five games tonight. The Mustangs were able to put the Tigers away in the fifth game for a 3-2 (27-30, 30-28, 30-25, 19-30, 15-12) win. With this win, the Mustangs remain undefeated at 3-0 and hand Auburn their first lost of the season (2-1).
Rachel Giubilato was named MVP of the tournament while Jennette Evanco was named the Best Libero of the tournament. Natalie Peters was also named to the all-tournament team.
Caitlin Rainbird registered her first double-double of the season with 20 kills and 13 digs. Her 20 kills ties for her career high. Peters nailed 19 kills shattering her career high and then added three solo blocks and assisted on three more blocks. Giubilato set a new career high as she notched 24 kills. She also posted nine digs and assisted in two blocks. With 65 assists, Stefanie Kons marked a new career high in total assists. She also marked eight digs.
The whole night, there were several lead changes. In game one, the Mustangs were not able to pull through as they fell, 30-27. SMU posted many unanswered points in game two, taking the win, 30-28.
With a late rally led by Rainbird and Evanco who began the Mustangs 11-3 run, the Mustangs won game three 30-25, to bring the score to 2-1. In game four, the Mustangs were not able to shake off Auburn as the Tigers took the 30-19 win, sending the match into a fifth and final game.
Evanco began the game with one of her two service aces on the night. Auburn knotted the score at 5-5 and then again at 6-6, but the Mustangs held off the Tigers the rest of the game for the 15-12 win.
After concluding the Invitational against Auburn tonight, the Mustangs will travel to UTSA on Tuesday, August 29 for a 7:00 p.m. start.
Volleyball Powers Past ULM, 3-0
Giubilato Rewrites The Record Book
DALLAS (SMU) - Rachel Giubilato led the Mustangs past Louisiana-Monroe, 3-0, (30-16, 30-16, 30-22) in day two of the SMU Radisson Hotel Invitational. The Mustangs advance to 2-0 on the season with another match tonight against Auburn to conclude the Invitational.
Giubilato calculated an attack percentage of .636 on 33 attempts and 23 kills, placing her in second-place on the all-time career leaders list. She also holds third place with a percentage of .613 from 2004. Also with her 24.5 points today, she now ranks second in all-time career point leaders.
With 44 kills on 88 attempts, the team notched an attack percentage of .409, taking second place in the team all-time leaders.
SMU got off to a quick start as they notched almost 20 points before ULM could break double-digits in game one. Giubilato marked 11 kills in the game while Caitlin Rainbird counted six digs. Freshman Candice Davis registered five digs for the game.
In game two, the Mustangs posted an attack percentage of .586 as they notched 19 kills and 12 digs. Giubilato posted seven kills and two digs in game two while Natalie Peters marked six kills. Stefanie Kons and Daivs both had three digs for the game.
ULM began game three on top, taking their first lead of the day for only a brief time. After the score flipped-flopped through several series, the Mustangs sealed the win as they rallied by dishing out five unanswered points late in the game.
MVP: Rachel Giubilato, SMU
Libero: Jennette Evanco, SMU
Natalie Peters, SMU
Joanna Pappas, Auburn
Rachel Shanks, Auburn
Shaun Williams, Prairie View A&M
Darci Mika, Louisiana-Monroe