TUSCALOOSA, ALA. – The Alabama volleyball team opened the second day of the Hampton Inn Bama Bash with a 3-0 win over the Alabama State Hornets on Saturday morning. The Crimson Tide was paced by Pricilla Duke-Ezeji who had a match-high 18 kills while hitting .556 against the Hornets.
Alabama, now 9-1 on the season, had a team hitting percentage of .337, while holding Alabama State (0-10) to a .069 hitting mark. The Tide had 51 digs, as Alabama’s Cristina Arenas led all players with 15.
“Today was a little bit of a slow start for us, but it was nice that everybody was able to contribute in the match,” head coach Ed Allen said. “Our focus and ability can continue to grow. What we’re looking for, regardless of who we’re playing, is to execute at a high-level.”
Andrea McQuaid was the only other player to reach double figures in kills for Alabama, and just missed a double-double with 10 kills and nine digs. Middle blocker Kanesha Burch had a perfect hitting day, connecting on all four of her attempts. Mattie Weldy ended the day with six kills on 17 swings.
The Crimson Tide took control of the match early and never looked back. UA posted a .542 hitting percentage en route to a 25-11 victory in the first set. In the second set, Alabama was almost as effective, posting a .412 hitting percentage in a 25-16 win over ASU. The third was a little tougher for UA, which hit .150 in the set. The Tide trailed 12-10 before fighting back to post a 25-18 victory in the third set.
With the three-set win, Alabama is now 12-0 all-time against Alabama State.
Alabama plays its final match of the Hampton Inn Bama Bash against East Tennessee State tonight at 7 p.m., from Foster Auditorium.
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