Oct. 25, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. – Mattie Weldy matched her career-high with 15 kills and Krystal Rivers added 14 kills with a .778 hitting percentage to lead the Alabama Crimson Tide to a 3-1 (25-13, 18-25, 27-25, 25-17) Southeastern Conference win over the Georgia Bulldogs on Friday night from the Ramsey Center.
The Crimson Tide (17-5, 5-3 SEC) got a balanced attack as four players finished the night in double figures in kills. Alabama had a .344 hitting percentage, while holding the Bulldogs (15-7, 5-5 SEC) to a .201 mark. Both teams had 46 digs and Georgia recorded 11 blocks compared to eight by the Tide. With the win, Alabama improved to 6-1 in true road matches, after handing Georgia its first home loss of the season, in 10 opportunities.
Weldy had a match-high 15 kills to tie her career-high, after setting the career-high in Alabama’s last match against LSU. Rivers had another great hitting performance, as the redshirt freshman did not commit an error on 18 attempts. Andrea McQuaid was big for the Tide from the right side, as the senior recorded a season-high 11 kills with a .474 hitting percentage. Brittany Thomas chipped in with 11 kills as well.
Sierra Wilson notched her 10th career double-double, her third of the season, with 50 assists and 10 digs. Wilson and Kryssi Daniels led the Tide with 10 digs each.
Georgia had three players record double digits in kills as Tirah Le’au and Brittany Northcutt led the way with 11 kills each. Stacey Smith added 10 kills, with a .353 hitting percentage, and Allison Summers had a match-high 18 digs.
Alabama opened the match by winning the first set 25-13. The Tide hit .462 in the set while holding the Bulldogs to a .029 percentage. Weldy and Rivers paced the Tide with four kills each, as Alabama ran away with the first set.
Georgia answered by winning the second set 25-18, posting a .550 hitting percentage in the set. Alabama trailed 11-17, before cutting the Bulldogs lead to 17-15 following a Georgia hitting error. The Dogs answered with a 4-0 run to open a 21-15 lead, before winning the set by seven, evening the match at 1-1.
The Tide led 16-12 in the third set before the Bulldogs scored three straight points to get within one, 16-15. Alabama then held a 21-18 lead, only to see the Bulldogs respond with a 5-1 run to take a 23-22 advantage, following three hitting errors by the Tide. Bama held set-point at 24-23, but a kill by Le’au and an error by Weldy gave the Bulldogs set-point at 25-24. After calling a timeout, Alabama got kills by Weldy, Thomas and McQuaid to win the set, 27-25, and open a 2-1 lead in the match.
In the fourth set, Bama led 13-10 before getting kills on four straight points to extend its lead to 17-10. The Bulldogs closed the margin to four at 19-15, before the Tide closed the set with a 6-2 run to put the Bulldogs away in four on the road. The Tide hit .394 in the fourth set, while holding the Bulldogs to .083 mark, as Bama recorded four of its eight blocks in the final set.
The Alabama weekend wraps up on Sunday with a 12:30 p.m. CT match against the No. 15 ranked Kentucky Wildcats (14-5, 6-2 SEC) from Memorial Coliseum. Kentucky defeated the Crimson Tide, 3-1, when the teams met in Tuscaloosa on Sept. 29.
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