Volleyball Falls to No. 17 Tennessee in Four Sets

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Kayla Fitterer had 14 kills to lead the Tide in a four-set loss to Tennessee.
Kayla Fitterer had 14 kills to lead the Tide in a four-set loss to Tennessee.

Sept. 16, 2012

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama’s 12-match winning streak came to an end on Sunday, as the No. 17 ranked Tennessee Lady Vols defeated the Crimson Tide, 3-1 (19-25, 25-17, 25-15, 25-15), in a Southeastern Conference match from Foster Auditorium. The Tide’s record now stands at 12-2 overall, 1-1 in SEC play, while the Lady Vols improve to 8-3 on the year and 1-1 in conference competition.

“We lacked the competitive intensity it takes to beat a team as talented as Tennessee,” UA head coach Ed Allen said. “We did not execute at the level we’re capable of, but that has a lot to do with the fact that Tennessee is a very talented team that pressures you in a variety of ways. It’s a very disappointing loss for us because we felt like we could have played much better than we did, and we’ll continue to make sure that happens over the course of the next week.”

Alabama took the opening set before the Lady Vols took over the match, winning the next three sets. Tennessee has now defeated Alabama in the last nine meetings between the two schools.

The Tide finished the match with a .137 hitting percentage after opening the day with a .393 hitting mark in the first set. On the Tennessee side, the Lady Vols had a .258 hitting mark in the opening set before finishing the match with a .373 mark. Tennessee also added 13.5 blocks against the Tide.

Once again, the Tide was led offensively by Kayla Fitterer and Laura Steiner who had 14 and 13 kills respectively. Fitterer hit .238 in the match and added seven digs from the back row. Steiner had a .290 hitting percentage, committing four errors on 31 swings. Sierra Wilson had 35 assists to go along with eight digs and two kills and Cristina Arenas paced the Tide with 12 digs. Kryssi Daniels led all players with four of Alabama’s seven aces, while adding seven digs.

For the nationally ranked Lady Vols, Kelsey Robinson led all players with 20 kills and posted a double-double as she had a match-high 14 digs. Leslie Cikra added 10 kills and seven assisted blocks, Mary Pollmiller had 46 assists and 12 digs, and Shealyn Kolosky had a match-high eight assisted blocks.

Alabama returns to SEC action on Friday, Sept. 21, when it travels to Athens, Ga., to take on the Georgia Bulldogs. First serve between the Tide and Bulldogs is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT, from the Ramsey Student Center.

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