Nov. 4, 2012
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Alabama volleyball team wrapped up their weekend road trip with a 3-1 (22-25, 26-24, 25-17, 25-23) Southeastern Conference win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs from the Newell-Grissom Building on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Crimson Tide improves to 15-12 overall, 4-11 in SEC play, while MSU falls to 4-20 overall and 0-15 in conference play.
Alabama had a balanced attack that saw four players record double-digits in kills. Of the 60 kills recorded by the Tide, Pricilla Duke-Ezeji led the way with a match-high 19. Kayla Fitterer added 15 kills, Laura Steiner added 11 and Kanesha Burch had 10 kills with a match-high .529 hitting percentage. Fitterer added 15 digs to post her 30th career double-double.
Alabama finished the day with a .255 hitting percentage, but started off slow. After opening the match with a .200 hitting mark in the first set, the Tide hit just .118 in a 26-24 second set win. UA’s best offensive numbers came in the third set with a .485 percentage, as the Tide had 17 kills and just one error. Bama closed out the match with a .283 hitting mark in the fourth set.
Defensively, Alabama posted a season-high 14 blocks as four players either set or tied their career-high in total and assisted blocks. Leigh Moyer came off the bench to lead the Tide with six assisted blocks to set a new career-high for assisted and total blocks. Burch also had a career-high with six total blocks, collecting one solo and five assisted blocks. Duke-Ezeji had five total blocks (1 solo, 4 assisted), Steiner added four assisted blocks and Fitterer added three.
The Tide finished the match with 75 digs as Cristina Arenas led the way with 23. Kelsey Melito set a new career- high 16 digs and Sierra Wilson, who had 50 assists, added eight. After allowing Mississippi State to post a .324 hitting percentage in the first set, Alabama held MSU to a .205 mark for the match after limiting the Bulldogs to an .062 mark in the second, a .294 mark in the third and a .200 mark in the fourth.
With the win, Alabama snapped a six-match losing skid and ended a two match losing streak against the Bulldogs.
Mississippi State had three players reach double figures in kills with Taylor Scott leading the way with 15. Dani McCree added 14, Chanelle Baker had 11 and Lainey Wyman added 10. Libero Roxanne McVey had a match-high 37 digs, while Scott had 17 to record a double-double for the Bulldogs.
Alabama returns to Southeastern Conference action on Friday, Nov. 9, with a home match against the Kentucky Wildcats. First serve for the match between Alabama and Kentucky is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT, from Foster Auditorium.