Aug 31, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Alabama women's volleyball team closed out the Black Knights Invitational with a 3-1 (23-25, 25-17, 25-14, 25-21) win over Army on Saturday night from the Gillis Field House. With the victory, the Crimson Tide improves to 2-1 on the season.
Alabama got a balanced attack as four players finished the match with at least 10 kills. The Tide posted a .366 hitting percentage, with four players hitting over .300 in the four sets. Army hit .279 in the match, after posting a .405 mark in the opening set.
Leading the offensive charge for the Tide was redshirt freshman Krystal Rivers, who had 15 kills and a .600 (15-3/20) hitting percentage in the match. Rivers also added three total blocks, with two solo and one assisted block. Rivers led the Tide with 36 kills in the tournament to average 3.27 kills per set in the three matches.
Brittany Thomas notched her first career double-double with 11 kills and a team-high 13 digs and finished the match with a .320 hitting percentage. Laura Steiner added 12 kills and Katherine White chipped in with 10 kills and a .471 hitting percentage. Sierra Wilson posted her eighth career double-double with a season-high 45 assists and 10 digs.
For the Black Knights, Kerry Horan led all players with 16 kills, and Olivia Fairfield had 12 kills and Nicole Perri added 11. Setter Mary Vaccaro had a match-high 48 assists and libero D.J. Phee had a match-best 15 digs.
Alabama struggled defensively in the opening set in dropping the set 25-23, while allowing Army to hit .405 to start the set. The defense stepped up in the second set by holding the Black Knights to a .067 hitting mark en route to a 25-17 win, evening the match at 1-1.
After posting six kills in the first two sets, Rivers sparked the Tide with seven kills and hit .875 (7-0/8) in the third set, as the Tide hit .467 as a team. Alabama closed out the third set with a 10-1 run to win the set 25-14.
Thomas and White had five kills each in the fourth set and Steiner had four of her 12 kills in the final set. Rivers put the exclamation point on the match when she put down the final kill of the night to finish off the Black Knights with a 25-21 win in the fourth set.
Alabama returns to action next week when it participates in the Florida International Tournament. The Crimson Tide will open the tournament against Houston Baptist on Friday, Sept. 6, with an 8 a.m. CT match. The Tide will then play Florida International at 2 p.m. CT later that day and wrap up the event on Saturday with an 11 a.m. CT match against UNC-Wilmington.
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