Oct. 18, 2013
Tuscaloosa, Ala. - The Alabama volleyball team got a match-high 16 kills from redshirt freshman middle blocker Krystal Rivers as the Crimson Tide posted a 3-0 (33-31, 25-22, 25-23) Southeastern Conference win over the Texas A&M Aggies on Friday night from Foster Auditorium.
On the Power of Pink night at Foster Auditorium, Alabama (15-5, 3-3 SEC) had three players reach double figures in kills, as Brittany Thomas and Mattie Weldy added 12 kills each, as Weldy matched her career-high in kills. Rivers posted a .750 hitting percentage, converting 16 of her 20 swings for kills with just one hitting error. River had a kill on her first 11 attempts of the match.
As a team, the Crimson Tide posted a .333 hitting percentage, while the Aggies (10-7, 2-4 SEC) had a solid hitting night with a .301 percentage. The Tide held the advantage in blocks, seven to six, and had a slim 44 to 43 advantage in digs.
Defensively, Kryssi Daniels led the Tide with 13 digs while Caitlin Bernardin added 12. Texas A&M's Kelsey Kinley had a match-high 15 digs. Alabama setter Sierra Wilson dished out 43 assists to go along with a team-high four blocks, including a solo and three assisted blocks.
With the victory, Alabama posted its first ever win over Texas A&M and are now 1-4 all-time against the Aggies, and 1-2 since TAMU joined the SEC in 2012.
Shelby Sullivan lead the Aggies with 15 kills and a .636 hitting percentage, while setter Allie Sawatzky had a double-double with 12 kills and 40 assists, to go along with seven digs.
In an intense first set that saw the score tied 20 times and the lead change hands eight times, Alabama got three straight points, including a kill and a block by Thomas to end the set at 33-31. Thomas finished the set with seven kills while Rivers had six kills on six attempts.
The Tide took a 2-0 lead in the match after winning the second set 25-22. Bama got six more kills from Rivers in the second set, as she was hitting .923 through two sets and converted on her first 11 attempts of the night. With the score tied at 10-10, Bama went on an 8-2 run to open an 18-12 advantage. After the Tide held set point at 24-18, the Aggies ran off four straight points, before Rivers produced her 12th kill of the night to end the set.
In the third set, Alabama held an 18-15 lead before the Aggies rallied to lead 21-20. UA tied the score on a kill by Andrea McQuaid, before the Aggies led against on a kill by Sawatzky. Rivers' 15th kill of the night evened the set at 22-22 and an error by Jazzmin Babers gave the Tide a one-point advantage. After another kill by Sawatzky tied the score at 23, Rivers got another kill and the match ended with Darby Graff's attack went into the net, resulting in the final point in a straight sets win for the Tide.
The Crimson Tide returns to the court on Sunday, Oct. 20, when they host the LSU Tigers in a SEC match. First serve between the Tide and Tigers is slated for 1:30 p.m. CT from Foster Auditorium.
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