Volleyball Opens Hampton Inn Bama Bash With 3-0 Win Over Lamar

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Laura Steiner led the Tide with 10 kills in a 3-set win over Lamar.
Laura Steiner led the Tide with 10 kills in a 3-set win over Lamar.

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TUSCALOOSA, ALA. - For the fifth straight match, the Alabama volleyball team posted a 3-0 victory over its opponent, this time taking down the Lamar Cardinals in straight sets to open the Hampton Inn Bama Bash on Friday morning from Foster Auditorium. With the straight sets victory, the Crimson Tide has now won its last 18 straight sets and improves to 7-1 overall this season. The Cardinals drop to 6-5 on the year.

"We'd like to have a little more consistency in our attack as we had a few more hitting errors than we'd like to see," Alabama head coach Ed Allen said. "Any time you start a tournament with a 3-0 win, that's what we prefer. We also look forward to getting some consistency in the lineup as well."

Alabama's offensive attack was paced by 10 kills by freshman outside hitter Laura Steiner. Steiner, who made her first career start in an Alabama uniform, posted a season-high .529 hitting percentage after committing just one error on 17 attempts. Andrea McQuaid added eight kills from the right side, posting a .348 hitting mark to compliment the play of Steiner.

The Tide finished the match with a .314 hitting percentage, posting 39 total kills with just eight errors on 91 attempts. Defensively, Alabama helped Lamar to a .196 hitting percentage as the Cardinals had 33 kills and 14 errors on 97 attempts. The Tide finished the day with four total blocks as Leigh Moyer led the way with three assisted blocks.

Freshman outside hitter Mattie Weldy came off the bench in the third set to record six kills on 14 swings  for a .347 hitting percentage. Kryssi Daniels posted a season-high 12 digs to lead the Tide, and McQuaid finished the match with nine. Sierra Wilson had 31 assists to go along with four digs.

With the score tied 11 in the opening set, Alabama went on a 5-1 run to take a 16-12 lead following a kill by Katherine White. After Lamar evened the score at 16-16, the Tide wrapped up the set with a 9-2 run to take a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second set the score was tied at 12 before the Tide went on an 8-3 run to open a 20-15 following an ace by Steiner. From there UA cruised to the 25-18 victory in the set. Steiner had nine kills by the end of the second set.

In the third, Alabama rallied late to keeps its consecutive sets streak alive. Lamar held a 24-21 lead before Bama scored the final five points of the set for a 26-24 victory to win in three. With the score 24-23 in favor of the Cardinals, Cynthia McCollum was called for a back row attack error that evened the score at 24-24. From there a kill by Steiner and an attack error on Lamar's Sierra Whittaker ended the match. 

Alabama will play Austin Peay later today, with first serve at 7 p.m. CT from Foster Auditorium.

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