Volleyball Falls to HBU in FIU Classic

Sep 6, 2013

MIAMI, Fla. - In their opening match of the FIU Classic, the Alabama volleyball team suffered a 3-0 (23-25, 23-25, 20-25) loss to the Houston Baptist Huskies on Friday morning. With the loss, the Crimson Tide falls to 2-2 on the season, while the Huskies improve to 4-2.

Alabama will return to the court at U.S. Century Bank Arena this afternoon for a 2 p.m. CT match against the Florida International Panthers (2-2). 

Leading the way for the Crimson Tide was sophomore outside hitter Laura Steiner who had a match-high 13 kills. Steiner did not commit an error as she posted a .394 (13-0/33) hitting percentage against the Huskies. Krystal Rivers added nine kills, Brittany Thomas chipped in with seven and Bria Green added four kills. 

Andrea McQuaid had a team-high 23 assists while Sierra Wilson had nine assists, playing in just the third set. Kryssi Daniels had a match-high 16 digs and Catilin Bernardin added 14.

Alabama had a chance to take the opening set after leading 21-17 and 22-19. However, the Huskies rallied to take a 23-22 advantage, before closing out the Tide 25-23 for a 1-0 lead.

In the second set, the Tide trailed 19-16 when they got three straight kills by Stenier, Thomas and Green to even the set at 19-19. After falling behind 21-20, a kill by Rivers and an ace by Green gave Alabama a one-point lead (22-21). After back to back serving error by each team, Alabama had a 23-22 advantage only to see the Huskies run off three straight points, thanks to a pair of hitting errors by the Tide, to close out the set.

After making a setter change in the third set, Alabama fell behind early and never got back in the set. Houston Baptiste led 17-11 following a UA hitting error. Alabama didn't quit and closed the deficit to 20-22, but HBU scored the final three points of the set for a 25-20 win, closing out the Tide in straight sets.  

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