Oct. 12, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. -
The Alabama volleyball team picked up its first road Southeastern Conference win of the season with a 3-1 (17-25, 25-17, 26-24, 25-22) win over the South Carolina Gamecocks from the Volleyball Competition Facility on Friday night. Four players reached double digits in kills for the Crimson Tide, as the team posted a .336 hitting percentage in the match.
Alabama had a balanced attack that combined to post 57 kills with just 11 errors. After getting off to a slow start, hitting .081 with seven kills and four errors in the first set, the Tide collected 50 kills with seven errors in the last three sets. The big set for Alabama was the second, when the Tide hit .593 with 16 kills and no errors in the set.
Alabama was led by Laura Steiner’s 14 kills, while Andrea McQuaid finished the match with 13. Steiner posted a .379 hitting percentage in the match, but McQuaid topped Steiner with a .522 mark after committing just one error on 23 swings. Kayla Fitterer added 11 kills and Kanesha Burch had a season-high 11 kills.
From the back row, Alabama collected 52 digs in the match, as Kryssi Daniels, Cristina Arenas and Kelsey Melito combined for 34, as all three players had double figures. Daniels led the Tide with 14, Arenas added 10 and Melito had a career-high 10. Wilson had 48 assists to go along with three kills and four digs.
South Carolina finished the night with a .234 hitting percentage, collecting 64 kills with 28 errors. Juliette Thevenin led all players with 19 kills, while Bethanie Thomas added 14 and Cara Howley chipped in with 11. Paige Wheeler led all players with 19 digs and setter Taylor Bruns had 49 assists to go along with seven kills.
Alabama completes the two-match SEC road trip on Sunday with a 1 p.m. CT match against the LSU Tigers from the Maravich Center in Baton Rouge, La.
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