Nov. 2, 2012
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Alabama volleyball team suffered a 3-0 (17-25, 22-25, 21-25) Southeastern Conference loss to the Texas A&M Aggies on Friday night from Reed Arena. With the loss, Alabama falls to 14-12 overall, 3-11 in SEC play, while the Aggies improve to 18-5 overall and 10-4 in conference play.
After getting off to a slow start and hitting .000 in the first set, Alabama finished the match with a .194 hitting percentage, posting 31 kills with 10 errors. The Aggies finished the night with a .322 hitting percentage, recording 57 kills, as six players recorded at least six kills in the match.
For the Crimson Tide, Pricilla Duke-Ezeji led the way with a match-high 12 kills, while posting a .333 hitting percentage, committing just two errors on 30 attempts. Kayla Fitterer added 10 kills and Mattie Weldy chipped in with six. Cristina Arenas led all players in the match with 16 digs and Fitterer added eight.
Alabama had seven blocks in the match, as Kanesha Burch led the way with a match-high four total blocks, with one solo and three assisted. Duke-Ezeji added a solo and an assisted block and Katherine White had one solo block.
For Texas A&M, Tori Mellinger led the way with 12 kill and Alisia Kastmo added 10. Lindsey Miller, Allie Sawatzky and Sierra Patrick had eight kills each and Stephanie Minnerly added six.
UA held an early 7-6 lead in the opening set, but Texas A&M went on an 8-2 run to open a 14-9 lead, before posting an eight-point victory in the set at 25-17. Alabama was held to a .000 hitting percentage in the first frame, while the Aggies hit .214 in the set, recording 17 kills.
In the second set, Alabama trailed 18-12 before battling back to get within two at 22-20. After a TAMU timeout, the team’s traded points until the Aggies posted a 25-22 win in the set to open a 2-0 lead in the match. Duke-Ezeji had five kills in the set, while Fitterer added four, as the Tide hit .314 in the set. Defensively, Alabama had a hard time against the Aggies, as TAMU hit .341 in the set, recording 22 kills on 41 swings with eight errors.
In the third set, Alabama got out to a 5-1 lead before the Aggies rallied to even the score at 10-10. After TAMU led 19-14, Alabama got as close at two (23-21), before the Aggies scored the final two points of the set to close out the Tide with a 25-21 victory, to finish the match in three sets.
Alabama returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 4, with a 1:30 p.m. CT, match at Mississippi State from the Newell-Grissom Building.
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