Volleyball Takes Down South Carolina in Three Sets

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Andrea McQuaid had a career-high 16 kills en route to her 12th double-double of the season.
Andrea McQuaid had a career-high 16 kills en route to her 12th double-double of the season.

Oct. 14, 2011

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Sophomore Andrea McQuaid paced the Alabama volleyball team with a career-high 16 kills, as the Crimson Tide rolled to a 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-23) Southeastern Conference victory over South Carolina on Friday night from Foster Auditorium.

On the “Power of Pink” night, presented by Tuscaloosa Toyota, Alabama (10-10, 3-6 SEC) posted a .287 hitting percentage, with 49 kills, in 122 attempts, with 14 errors. The Tide also added seven aces and three blocks against the Gamecocks (9-9, 0-8 SEC).

“We fought really hard throughout the course of the match, but we could have done a better job with our execution,” head coach Ed Allen said. “With Andrea McQuaid, Cortney Warren and Bree, we had a ton of productivity from our right side hitters, but we would have liked more production out of our middles. Defensively, we need to continue to grow. We didn’t block very well, but we found a way to dig balls in the back row and did a good job in our transition attack.”
McQuaid finished the night with her 12th double-double of the season, as the setter/outside hitter added a team-high 23 assists. McQuaid did not commit an error on 34 attempts and finished night with a match-high .471 hitting percentage.

“Andrea McQuaid had arguably her best match of the year, with solid numbers from the attacking position. Not a single error in 34 swings,” Allen said. “Cortney Warren stepped forward and had another tremendous match with 14 kills and hit for a very high percentage also.”

Cortney Warren showed up big as well, posting 14 kills, with just two errors on 31 attempts for a .387 hitting mark. For the second straight match Shelbi Goode led the Tide in digs, as she had a career and match-high 17.

The Crimson Tide won the opening set 25-22 behind five kills from McQuaid. Cortney Warren was also strong in the opening set for UA, posting four kills on eight attempts to help the Tide hit .182 in the opening set. Alabama held South Carolina to a .125 hitting percentage, as Arenas had nine digs in the opening set.

Alabama opened a 2-0 lead in the match following a 25-17 win in the second set. The set was highlighted by the Tide hitting percentage of .295 as McQuaid, Warren and Vande Griend had four kills each. Moyer added a pair of service aces in the set as South Carolina was held to a .053 hitting percentage.
In a set that went down to the wire, UA out-hit the Gamecocks .412 to .333. McQuaid and Warren combined for 13 of Alabama’s 19 kills in the final set, with the pair having seven and six, respectively. Leigh Moyer added three of her four kills in the match in the final set. 

Alabama continues SEC play on Sunday when it hosts the No. 13 ranked Florida Gators. The match between the Crimson Tide and Gators will begin at 1 p.m. CT, from Foster Auditorium and will be televised on FSN Sports South.

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