Volleyball Falls to Missouri Tigers, 3-1

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Cristina Arenas had 30 digs against Missouri, the 6th most in a single match in school history.
Cristina Arenas had 30 digs against Missouri, the 6th most in a single match in school history.

Oct. 7, 2012

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama Crimson Tide women’s volleyball team suffered a 3-1 (19-25, 25-22, 18-25, 16-25) loss to the Missouri Tigers in a Southeastern Conference match on Sunday afternoon from Forster Auditorium. With the loss, Alabama drops to 13-6 overall, 2-5 in SEC play, while the Tigers improve to 13-5 overall, 5-2 in conference action.

The Tide was held to a .142 hitting mark, as the Tigers forced UA into 26 hitting errors, while recording 11 total blocks. Missouri finished the afternoon with a .281 hitting percentage.

Alabama had three players reach double figures in kills, as freshman outside hitter Laura Steiner led the way with 14. Kayla Fitterer and Kanesha Burch added 10 kills each, with Burch posting a season-high. Cristina Arenas had a career and match-high 30 digs, as she tied the sixth most digs in a match in school history, matching Lorian Newcomer and Amy Pauly (who did it twice). Sierra Wilson posted her fourth double-double with 42 assists and 14 digs to go along with four kills and two blocks.

For the Tigers, Lisa Henning led the way with a match-high 23 kills with a .305 hitting percentage. Whitney Little had a .448 hitting percentage to go along with 14 kills and Regan Peltier added 12 kills. Sarah Meister had 24 digs as the Tigers finished the match with 79 digs as a team.

Alabama got off to a quick start to open the match, taking a 6-1 lead in the first set. The Tigers responded by tying the score at 15-15, before winning the set, 25-19. The Tide was held to a .065 hitting percentage in the set, while the Tigers hit .231.

The Tide evened the match at 1-1 after taking the second set, 25-22. UA fell behind 4-1 to start the set, but rallied to hold a 9-6 lead behind three kills in the run by Steiner. After Missouri took an 11-10 lead, Alabama went on a 9-2 run to open a 20-13 advantage. UA led 24-17, before the Tigers scored five straight points to get within two (24-22), but a kill by Steiner put the set away for Bama.

After the intermission, the Tigers controlled the third set, leading by as much as eight (21-13), before winning the set 25-18. UM led from wire-to-wire in the fourth, after opening the set with a 7-1 run. Alabama rallied to get within three at 12-9, but Missouri opened an 18-11 lead, before closing out the match with a 25-16 victory in the fourth.

Alabama returns to Southeastern Conference action on Friday, Oct. 14, when it travels to Columbia, S.C., to take on South Carolina for a 6 m. CT match.  The Crimson Tide will then travel to Baton Rouge, La., for a Sunday match against the LSU Tigers at 1 p.m. CT.

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