Oct. 21, 2012
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama volleyball team wrapped of the Southeastern Conference weekend with a 3-0 (23-25, 22-25, 24-26) loss to the Georgia Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon from Foster Auditorium. With the loss, the Crimson Tide falls to 14-9 overall and 3-8 in SEC play. Georgia improves to 12-8, 6-4 in conference play.
In the closely contested match, Alabama hit .331, but struggled on the defensive end as the Bulldogs finished the match with a .427 mark. Alabama did have more kills, 53-48, but UA also committed more errors (13-7) than the Bulldogs. The Tide was also out-dug 47-40 and the Bulldogs also had more blocks than the Tide at 6-1.
Kayla Fitterer was one of two players for the Tide in double figures with a match-high 15 kills, while posting a .310 hitting percentage. Laura Steiner added 13 kills and Andrea McQuaid had nine kills with a .474 hitting mark from the right side. Kanesha Burch added seven kills and Katherine White had four more to give Alabama 11 total kills from the middle blocker position.
Georgia was paced by Brittany Northcutt’s 12 kills, while Le’au Tirah added 11. UGA’s Allison Summers led all players with a match-high 22 digs.
In the first set, Alabama opened a 19-14 lead, but led the set slip away, as Georgia went on an 11-4 run to close the frame for a 1-0 lead. With the score tied at 23-23, Georgia’s Kayla Kehoe had a solo block against Steiner, and then a kill by Northcutt put the set away for the Bulldogs.
The Tide held a 20-19 lead in the second set, but again let the set slip away. With the score tied 22-22, Georgia got kills by Northcutt and Briana Bahr, then a solo block by Bahr gave the Bulldogs a 25-22 win in the set to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
In the third set, Alabama once again held a late lead, 23-22, only to see the Bulldogs rally to score four of the final five points for a 26-24 victory and complete the sweep of the Tide. With the loss to Georgia, Alabama dropped both matches to the Bulldogs this season.
Alabama continues Southeastern Conference action on Friday, Oct. 26 with a road match at Arkansas. The match between the Crimson Tide and the Razorbacks is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT, from the Barnhill Arena.
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