Oct. 20, 2013
Tuscaloosa, Ala. - The Alabama volleyball wrapped up a two-win Southeastern Conference weekend with a 3-1 (27-25, 20-25, 25-20, 25-15) victory over the LSU Tigers on Sunday afternoon from Foster Auditorium. With the win, the Crimson Tide improves to 16-5 overall and 4-3 in SEC play. The Tigers fall to 13-5 overall and 3-3 in conference play.
Alabama had three players reach double figures in kills, as freshman outside hitter Brittany Thomas led the way with a match-high 18. Redshirt freshman middle blocker Krystal Rivers had 16 kills and a .389 hitting percentage and sophomore outside Mattie Weldy posted career-highs with 15 kills and a .522 hitting percentage, committing just three errors on 23 attempts.
Kryssi Daniels matched her career-high as she led all players in the match with 20 digs. Sierra Wilson dished out 56 assists to average 14.00 assists per set against the Tigers, bringing her career total to 2,192 in 53 career matches played at the Capstone.
As a team, Alabama out-hit LSU .265 to .231 and out-dug the Tigers 55-51. The SEC leader in blocks this season, LSU posted 10 against the Tide, while Alabama posted just four blocks in the match.
LSU had two players reach double figures in kills as Cati Leak had 16 and Katie Lindelow had 11. Lindelow finished with a double-double as she had 17 digs and Haley Smith tied Lindelow for team-high honors with 17 digs as well.
The Crimson Tide jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the match with a 27-25 victory in the first set. With the Tide trailing 21-23 late in the set, Alabama used a LSU service error and a kill by Weldy to even the score at 23-23. After Lindelow gave the Tigers set-point, UA got kills from Weldy and Thomas for a 25-24 Tide advantage. After a kill by LSU's Madi Mahaffey evened the score, Thomas gave Bama set-point with her sixth kill, and an error by Lindelow was the final point for the Tide victory.
LSU evened the match a one set each after winning the second set 25-20. The Tigers posted a .353 hitting percentage, while posting five blocks in the set to limit the Tide to a .136 percentage. Bama's 14 kills came from three players, as Rivers and Laura Steiner had five kills each and Thomas added four.
Bama responded with a 25-20 victory in the third set as the Tide out-hit the Tigers .333 to .103, and led from wire-to-wire in the set. UA held an 18-12 lead in the set. LSU got as close as four points before the Tide closed the set with a kill by Weldy for a five-point victory in the set.
With the score tied at 9-9 in the fourth set, Alabama went on a 9-1 run to open a commanding 18-10 lead before closing out the Tigers 25-15 for the four set win. In the fourth, Bama posted a .343 hitting percentage while holding the Tigers to a .167 mark. UA got five kills from Weldy and Thomas, while Rivers posted four kills in the set.
Next week the Crimson Tide returns to the road for SEC matches at Georgia and No. 14 Kentucky. Alabama opens the weekend against the Georgia Bulldogs on Friday, Oct. 25, with first serve scheduled for 6 p.m. CT from the Georgia Volleyball Arena. The weekend wraps up with a 12:30 p.m. CT match against the Kentucky Wildcats from Memorial Coliseum. Kentucky defeated the Crimson Tide, 3-1, when the teams met in Tuscaloosa on Sept. 29.
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