Aug. 28, 2010
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Career-best hitting percentages from redshirt sophomore Leigh Moyer and sophomore Kayla Fitterer helped the volleyball team to an overall hitting percentage of .372 as the Crimson Tide earned its first win of the 2010 season with a 3-0 (25-23, 25-8, 25-13) victory over Green Bay on Saturday at the Hawkeye Challenge in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The win lifts Alabama to 1-1 on the season, while the Phoenix fall to 0-2.
"I was very proud of our team for the way they came out after such a close match last night," Alabama head coach Judy Green said. "It took us a little while to get started, but then we were able to get in a rhythm. We hit the ball really well, and our setters (Stephanie Riley and Kayla Schmidt) should get a lot of credit for that. They put our attackers in great spots to be successful today."
Fitterer, who collected double-figure kills for the second time in as many days, had a match-best 14 kills with zero errors for an overall percentage of .500. She was followed by redshirt sophomore Leigh Moyer who hit .750 with nine kills and zero errors off 12 attempts. Senior Kayla Schmidt also set a new career-high with four service aces, including three in the first set. On defense, sophomore Kelsey Anderson recorded a match-best 15 digs.
Alabama opened the match strong with four unanswered points including a pair of service aces from Schmidt. Green Bay would soon tie the set at 7-7 and would jump on top moments later behind a pair of kills and a service ace. The Phoenix lead would not last long, however, as a pair of kills from Fitterer put the Tide back in front. Green Bay grabbed the lead once more in the first, at 17-16, but a late rally put Alabama up three giving it just enough of a buffer to take the set. Senior Alyssa Meuth delivered the final kill to give the Tide the 25-23 win.
Alabama's offense wasted no time racking up points for the Tide in the second as its first four points were all earned off kills. The Phoenix scored their first point off a block setting the score at 5-1, which was the closest Green Bay would get in the set. Alabama went on to record 10 consecutive points distancing itself from the Phoenix with a 20-4 advantage. Moyer threw down a pair of kills to put away the second game 25-8 giving the Tide a two-set lead.
Alabama carried its momentum from the second set over to the third opening the frame on a 4-0 run. The Tide would, again, use a big run early to pull away from Green Bay not allowing the Phoenix to come any closer than 10 points in the second half of the third. Fittingly, it would be Fitterer and Moyer with back-to-back kills to end the set and match for Alabama.
The Tide held Green Bay to an overall hitting percentage of just .081 for the match. Alabama out-dug the Phoenix 49-33 and had eight service aces compared to Green Bay's four. The Phoenix did top the Tide in blocks 3.0-1.0.
Alabama will play in its final match of the Hawkeye Challenge on Sunday, Aug. 29 when it takes on Southern Illinois at 11:30 a.m. CT. The Salukis opened the tournament with a 3-0 sweep over Green Bay and will play Iowa at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday. Live scoring for the match between the Tide and Salukis is available and can be found by clicking here.