Auburn News: Football facilty to honor donors, Soccer shutout – Auburn Wire

  • October 22, 2022

While there is no Auburn football to look forward to this weekend, Friday has arrived and that is a good enough reason to celebrate. And there is no better way to start your Friday morning than with the Auburn Morning Rush.
Today’s edition will start with the football facility honoring the Woltosz and Creel families for their donations that made the building possible.
The soccer team lost another close game, losing 1-0 to the Tennessee Volunteers.
The baseball team announced the nonconference schedule for the upcoming season and the Tigers have a great slate of games. Not only will they travel to California to take on the USC Trojans, but they will also face several in-state rivals.
Capping off the Morning Rush is the volleyball program, which is set to host Tennessee for their Dig Pink match Friday at 7 p.m. CT.
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Auburn’s new football training facility will be called the Woltosz Football Performance Center and the weight room will be named the Creel Family Player Development Lab, Auburn announced Thursday afternoon.
The move comes in recognition of leadership gifts by the families that Auburn University’s Board of Trustees approved on Sept. 16.
The names honor Walt and Ginger Woltosz, and Keith and Ginger Creel, members of Tigers Unlimited Foundation’s Pat Dye Society, Auburn Athletics’ highest level of giving.
“Once again, the Woltosz and Creel families have demonstrated their leadership and commitment to Auburn by their transformational giving,” interim Director of Athletics Rich McGlynn said. “These named spaces will serve as permanent reminders to football student-athletes, coaches and the Auburn family of their steadfast dedication and inspiring generosity.”
“We love Auburn,” Walt Woltosz said. “You look for things you can do to make the world a better place and certainly, to help make Auburn a better place.
“Athletics are often the front door to the University to people who don’t know much about Auburn. Academically, we’re at a very high level, but many only come to know that first through the athletic programs.”
“Our commitment is to partner as much as we can, supporting the athletic program, to help Auburn to continue to develop student-athletes to become productive members of society, both in business and outside of business,” Keith Creel said.
“It’s an investment in the University so they in turn can invest in the students, enabling and equipping them to better serve society and the world, which is what Ginger and I believe we’re all truly called to do in our lives on this earth.”
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The Auburn baseball team revealed their non-conference schedule for the upcoming season.
The Tigers will open the season against Indiana at Plainsman Park on Feb. 17-19. They will also travel to California to take on USC (Feb. 24-26), play a home-and-home with Georgia Tech, and have a rematch with Southeastern Louisiana.
They will also play in-state opponents North Alabama, UAB, Jacksonville State, South Alabama, Samford, and Troy.
 
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Auburn soccer lost another close game, falling to the Tennessee Volunteers 1-0 Thursday night at the Auburn Soccer Complex.
The teams combined for 34 shots but just one found the back of the net, a shot by Kameron Simmonds in the 74th minute that deflected off the crossbar and in.
“Overall, we played a great game,” head coach Karen Hoppa said. “Tennessee is a great team, and we went toe-to-toe with them. The difference was they finished on one of their chances and we didn’t. It’s heartbreaking to play so well and not get the result.”
Goalkeeper Maddie Prohaska registered eight saves on nine shots.
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After splitting two games with Missouri, Auburn is returning to Neville Arena to face Tennessee Friday. The game will be Auburn’s Dig Pink match.
The Lady Vols enter the match 10-10 overall and 4-4 in SEC play. However, they rank fifth in the SEC in hitting percentage (.253), digs per set (13.77), and kills per set (13.25).
Auburn’s Kendal Kemp leads the SEC in blocks with 105 and Akasha Anderson is first in the SEC in total points (319.5) and second in total kills (281).
Tennessee has dominated the series against the Tigers, Auburn is 19-36-1 against the Lady Vols and 12-15 on the Plains.
The match will start Friday at 7 p.m. CT and will be on SECN+.
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