Oct. 28, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Alabama volleyball team fell to the Tennessee Lady Vols, 3-0 (18-25, 16-25, 19-25), in a Southeastern Conference match on Sunday afternoon from the Thompson-Boling Arena. With the loss, the Crimson Tide falls to 14-11 overall and 3-10 in SEC play. Tennessee improves to 15-6 overall and 8-6 in conference play.
Alabama got another solid effort from sophomore outside hitter Pricilla Duke-Ezeji as she posted a match-high 15 kills. She posted a .314 hitting percentage, committing just four errors on 35 swings. Duke-Ezeji, who had 18 kills against Arkansas on Friday night, finished the weekend with 33 kills, posting 4.13 kills per set, with a .268 hitting percentage for the weekend.
Laura Steiner had nine kills and Mattie Weldy finished the match with five. Cristina Arenas led the Tide with 11 digs.
The Tide was outhit by the Lady Vols .155 to .380, as Alabama finished the day with 34 kills compared to 46 by Tennessee. UT out dug Alabama 53-40 and finished the day with nine total blocks, compared to two by UA.
Kelsey Robinson, who had just one kill in the first set, led the Lady Vols with 13 kills with a .444 hitting percentage. DeeDee Harrison added nine kills on a match-high .615 hitting mark and Tiffany Baker added eight kills with a .350 attack percentage.
Tennessee led from wire-to-wire in the opening set. Alabama trailed 12-11, before Tennessee went on 7-2 run to open a 19-13 lead to create some breathing room, before closing out the set with a 25-18 win.
In the second set, UA held a 5-4 lead before Tennessee went on a 6-2 run to open an 11-6 advantage. From there, the Lady Vols extended their lead to 18-12, before holding an eight point advantage at 22-14. Tennessee took a 2-0 lead in the match after winning the second set 26-16.
Like the first set, Tennessee never fell behind after opening a 5-1 lead to start the third set. Alabama got within three at 8-5, but an 8-4 run by the Lady Vols had Tennessee leading 16-9 midway through the set. A 4-0 run got Alabama within three (16-13), but Tennessee closed the set with a 9-6 run to post a three-set win over the Tide.
Alabama remains on the road next week for a pair of SEC matches against Texas A&M and Mississippi State. The Tide will travel to College Station, Texas for a 6:30 p.m. CT, match against the Aggies on Friday night. The week wraps up with a 1:30 p.m. CT, match on Sunday against the Bulldogs.
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