Oct. 6, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama volleyball team suffered a 3-0 (21-25, 16-25, 18-25) Southeastern Conference loss to the No. 3 ranked Florida Gators on Sunday afternoon from Foster Auditorium. With the loss, the Crimson Tide falls to 13-4 overall and 1-2 in SEC play. Florida improves to 15-1 overall and 4-0 in conference play.
Laura Steiner was a bright spot for the Tide offense as she had nine kills with a .421 hitting percentage. Matching Steiner for team-high honors in kills was Brittany Thomas. Krystal Rivers was held to a season-low five kills while hitting .118.
Florida limited the Tide to a .155 hitting percentage for the match, while the Gators posted a .529 percentage in the three sets.
Alabama setter Sierra Wilson had 25 assists and led the team with seven digs, while Caitlin Bernardin chipped in with six digs as the Tide posted just 23 digs in the match.
The Gators got a match-high 14 kills from Chloe Mann as she hit .737 as she was 14-for-19 with no hitting errors. Simone Antwi had 11 kills with a .588 percentage, Gabby Mallette had 10 kills with a .600 percentage and Ziva Recek added nine kills and had a match-high nine digs.
The Crimson Tide trailed 17-10 in the first set, before closing the gap to three points at 23-20 and 24-21, but the Tide could not stop the attack of the Gators, as Antwi and Mallette had kills for Florida to put the set away. Bama got five kills each from Steiner and Thomas in the set, as they hit .833 and .417, respective to open the match.
After the Tide jumped out to an 8-3 lead in the second set, Florida came back to even the score at 12-12 following an ace by Holly Pole. The Gators took the lead at 13-12 following a kill by Antwi, then outscored the Tide 12-4 to close out the set with a 25-16 win.
The Gators raced out to a 9-5 lead in the third set before leading 17-11 lead following a Antwi kill. A Thomas kill got Bama within four (17-13), but the Gators' attack proved too much in the match as they closed the set with a .500 hitting percentage and a 25-18 win, closing out the Tide in straight sets.
The Crimson Tide returns to the court on Friday, Oct. 11, when it travels to Fayetteville, Ark., to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT from the Barnhill Arena.
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