Volleyball Loses Heartbreaker to Auburn at Home in Five
Oct. 30, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – For the fourth time this season, the Alabama volleyball team played a five set match. The Crimson Tide came out of the losing end of a 3-2 (25-22, 23-25, 18-25, 25-18, 14-16) Southeastern Conference loss to the Auburn Tigers on Sunday afternoon from Foster Auditorium.
Shelbi Goode had her best offensive performance as a member of the Crimson Tide, posting a career-high 14 kills with a .270 hitting percentage, matching her career-high with 27 attempts. Fitterer also had 14 kills and notched her 13th double-double of the season with a team-high 17 digs.
Andrea McQuaid finished with her third triple-double of the season with 10 kills, 21 assists and 12 digs. McQuaid had a .360 hitting percentage, added two aces, and had a career-high four total blocks, including two solo and two assisted. Cristina Arenas had a match and career-high four service aces to go along with 15 digs.
With her first dig of the match, junior Kelsey Anderson became the eighth player in school history to reach the 1,000-dig mark in her career. Anderson had 18 digs against Georgia on Friday night to increase her career total to 999 entering this afternoon’s match. After recording eight digs on Sunday, Anderson now has 1,007 for her career.
For the Tigers, Kelly Fidero had a match-high 27 kills, while hitting .234. Kathia Rud added 16 kills, Chelsea Wintzinger had a match-high 42 assists and Sarah Wroblicky led all players with 28 digs.
Alabama took the opening set of the match 25-22, as the Tide hit .333 in the set. UA was led by Goode’s five kills and Fitterer added four. The Crimson Tide held a five-point lead at 19-14 before the Tigers rallied to get within two (22-20). From there, UA got a kill by Fitterer and a pair of Auburn errors to close out the first set.
In the second set, Auburn opened a 12-7 lead before the Crimson Tide rallied to even the set at 17-17 following a kill by Cortney Warren. The Tide never led in the set, and with the score tied at 22-22, Auburn got a kill from Cortney McDonald and two by Fidero to take the second set 25-23. Alabama was held to a .238 hitting percentage in the second set, as the Tigers hit .289, behind six kills by Fidero.
Auburn opened a 2-1 lead in the match following a 25-18 victory in the third. The Tigers tallied 20 kills in the set, while holding the Crimson Tide to just 10 and a .152 hitting mark. UA trailed 15-17 before the Tigers opened a 21-17 lead. After Fitterer notched her only kill of the set to make the score 21-18, Auburn posted four straight kills to put the set away.
Alabama evened the match at two sets each with a 25-18 fourth-set win. UA posted a .414 hitting mark in the set, recording 14 kills on 29 attempts. McQuaid led the Tide with six kills, while Fitterer added five. Alabama led 15-13 in the set before rallying to score 10 of the final 15 points to send the match into a decisive fifth set.
The fifth set was tightly contested throughout, with Auburn taking the biggest lead of the set at 11-8 following a kill by Rud. Alabama answered with three straight points, evening the set at 11 following an ace by McQuaid. An error by Fidero gave Alabama a 13-12 lead, before a kill by Fidero and an error by Goode put the Tigers ahead, 14-13. Warren got the Tide even with her seventh kill of the match, but another kill by Fidero and an error by Warren gave the Tigers a 16-14 edge in the final set, and ultimately the match win and a season sweep of the Tide.
Alabama continues SEC play next week with road matches at Florida and South Carolina. The Crimson Tide will play at Florida on Friday, Nov. 4, with first serve scheduled for 6 p.m. CT. The Tide wraps up the week with a Sunday afternoon match at South Carolina. The match against the Gamecocks will begin at 12 p.m. CT, and will be televised live on FSN Sports South.
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