Volleyball Loses in Straight Sets to No. 13 Florida

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Cortney Warren paced the Tide with 10 kills against Florida.
Cortney Warren paced the Tide with 10 kills against Florida.

Oct. 16, 2011

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama Crimson Tide volleyball team suffered a 3-0 (21-25, 16-25, 13-25) Southeastern Conference loss to the No. 13 ranked Florida Gators on Sunday afternoon from Foster Auditorium. Alabama falls to 10-11 overall, 3-7 in the SEC, while Florida improves to 15-3 overall and 8-1 in conference action.

"We're real pleased with how our team approached the match," head coach Ed Allen said. "We had a solid effort in the first set, and I thought side out offense was very effective and gave us a chance to win the first set. Our passing began to break down in the second set and into the third. That put more pressure on us, and we had a difficult time putting pressure on them."

Alabama got a 10-kill performance from Cortney Warren, as the sophomore outside hitter posted a .346 hitting percentage in the match. For the third straight match, Shelbi Goode led the Tide in digs, as the sophomore posted 10.

Alabama was held to a .135 hitting percentage in the match, as Florida posted a .386 percentage in the three sets. Kristy Jaeckel paced the Gators with a match-high 14 kills, posting a .312 hitting percentage on 34 swings. Kelly Murphy hit .538 in the match, posting nine kills, 22 assists and nine digs along the way.

In the opening set, UA trailed 7-8 before the Gators pushed the lead to 13-7 following kills by Jaeckel and Murphy. The Tide got as close at 18-21 following a kill by Brianne Vande Griend. Leigh Moyer's second kill of the match closed the deficit to 21-24, but Murphy's fourth kill of the set ended the frame with a 25-21 Gators' victory.

In the second set, Alabama held an 11-10 lead following a kill by Warren and an error on Florida. After falling behind 14-11, the Tide evened the set at 14-14 on an ace by Moyer. From there, Florida went on a 6-0 run to open a 20-14 lead, before closing out the set by winning 11 of the final 13 points for a 25-16 victory.

The third set was all Florida, as the Gators put the match away with a 25-13 victory. Florida hit .355 in the set, while Alabama was held to a -.048 in the day's final set. UF's Stephanie Ferrell posted five of her eight kills in the third set, while hitting .714 in the frame.

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