Oct. 13, 2013
Columbia, Mo. - The Alabama volleyball team suffered a 3-1 (22-25, 25-22, 20-25, 17-25) Southeastern Conference loss to the No. 25 Missouri Tigers on Sunday afternoon from the Hearnes Center. With the loss, the Crimson Tide falls to 14-5 overall and 2-3 in SEC play. The Tigers remain undefeated this season, improving to 21-0 overall and 5-0 in conference play.
Krystal Rivers paced the Tide with 15 kills, as the redshirt freshman posted a .357 hitting percentage. Rivers was one of three Crimson Tide players to reach double figures in kills, as Brittany Thomas finished with 13 and Mattie Weldy matched her season-high with 10 kills.
Alabama had a tough time hitting around the front line of Missouri, as the Tigers combined for 12 kills in the match, while holding the Tide to a .246 hitting percentage in the four sets. The SEC and nation's top hitting team finished the match with a .354 hitting percentage, after hitting over .300 in all four sets.
Sierra Wilson finished the day with 48 assists to average 12.00 assists per set in the match. Kryssi Daniels had a match-high 13 digs, while Bria Green chipped in with a season-high 11 digs and three kills. Katherine White had five kills to go along with a team-high three assisted blocks.
Leading the way for Missouri was freshman outside hitter Carly Kan, who had a season-high 19 kills with a .471 hitting percentage. Whitney Little, who leads the country in hitting percentage, finished the match with a .522 hitting percentage with 12 kills and no errors on 23 attempts. Little also had nine assisted blocks in the match.
After trailing 11-7, the Crimson Tide rallied to take a 13-12 lead in the opening set. The Bama advantage was extended to 21-17 before the Tiger closed the set with an 8-1 run for a 25-22 victory to open the match. Alabama committed eight errors in the first set as the Tigers posted five blocks while hitting .324 in the opening frame.
The Tide posted a .500 hitting percentage in the second set, converting 18 of 28 swings with just four errors in the set. Leading the way for Bama was Weldy, who had six kills with one error on seven swings in the set. With the score tied at 22-22, Bama got back-to-back kills by Weldy and a block by Rivers to win the set 25-22 and even the match at 1-1.
The Tide held a 13-7 lead in the third set, but Missouri rallied to take a 15-14 advantage with an 8-1 run. After Bama tied the score at 17-17, the Tigers got kills on three straight points to open a three point lead. From there, Mizzou scored five of the next eight points to win the set 25-20.
The Tide fell behind early in the fourth set, 8-3, and could not recover. The five-point Missouri lead reached as many as six points at 18-12 and 20-14 before the Tigers finished off Alabama by a score of 25-17 in the fourth set.
The Crimson Tide returns to the court on Friday, Oct. 18, when hosts the Texas A&M Aggies in a SEC match. First serve between the Tide and Aggies is slated for 7 p.m. CT from Foster Auditorium. It will also be the Power of Pink match for Alabama. Fans are encouraged to wear their pink to the match in support of Breast Cancer awareness.
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