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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