Oct. 21, 2011
BATON ROUGE, La. – In the first match of the second round of Southeastern Conference action for the Alabama volleyball team, the Crimson Tide were defeated 3-0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-18) by the LSU Tigers from the Pete Maravich Center in Baton Rouge on Friday night.
Alabama (10-12, 3-8 SEC) was led by junior outside hitter Kayla Fitterer, who had a match-high 17 kills in her return to the starting lineup. Fitterer, who missed the last four matches with an injury, had just two errors on 34 attempts for a .441 hitting percentage in the match.
Andrea McQuaid led the Tide with 17 assists and added five kills and seven digs. McQuaid was one of three Tide players (Leigh Moyer and Shelbi Goode) to have five kills in the match. Cristina Arenas paced the Tide with nine digs.
LSU (14-6, 7-3 SEC) finished the night with 52 kills while hitting .468 as a team. Desiree Elliott led the Tigers with 15 kills, while Michelle Williams added 10, Nicole Wills and Maddie Jones had nine each and Helen Boyle added eight. Malorie Pardo led all players with 47 assists and Meghan Mannari’s 14 digs were a match-high.
Although UA posted a .318 hitting percentage in the opening set, the Tide dropped to the first set to the Tigers, 15-25. In her first set back after missing four games due to an abdominal muscle strain, Fitterer had three kills on six attempts to lead Alabama. LSU hit .520 in the set, posting 17 kills on 25 attempts.
The second set was much like the first as the Tigers opened a 2-0 lead in the match with a 25-17 victory. The Tide was unable to stop the attack of LSU, as the Tigers posted a .567 hitting percentage in the middle set. Fitterer added seven kills in the second set to reach 10 kills in the match before the break. Fitterer was hitting .474 with one error on 19 attempts through two sets.
LSU wrapped up the match in three sets, following a 25-18 win in the third. The Tide posted 13 kills in the matches’ final set, as Fitterer led the way with another seven kills and a .400 hitting percentage. LSU hit .359 in the set, its lowest percentage of the match.
Alabama continues SEC play on Sunday when it travels to Fayetteville, Ark., to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks. First serve is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT, from the Barnhill Arena.
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