Nov. 8, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama completed the season sweep of the Arkansas Razorbacks with a 3-1 (25-11, 26-24, 19-25, 25-21) Southeastern Conference victory on Friday night from Foster Auditorium.
The Crimson Tide defeated the Razorbacks 3-1 when the teams met in Fayetteville back on Oct. 11.With the victory, Alabama has won its lead three matches and improves to 20-6 overall and 7-4 in SEC play. Arkansas drops to 14-11 overall and 7-7 in SEC play.
The 20th win marks the first 20-win season for Alabama since the 2005 season, when that team posted 23 victories. It is just the seventh time that a Tide volleyball team reached the 20-win mark since reestablishing the program in 1989.
The Crimson Tide got a match-high 16 kills from Krystal Rivers, as the redshirt freshman posted a .357 hitting percentage. River also added four total blocks with one solo and three assisted. Mattie Weldy dropped 14 kills on the Razorbacks, notching her seventh double-digit kills match of the season.
Alabama closed the match with 11 total blocks, as Katherine White led the way with six total blocks, including two solo and four assisted blocks. Arkansas finished the night with 11.5 total blocks, as the Tide finished the evening with a .179 hitting percentage. The Tide limited the Razorbacks to a .082 hitting percentage, holding Arkansas to a .071 mark in the first set, and .000 in the second and fourth sets.
Sierra Wilson dished out a match-high 43 assists to go along with eight digs, two aces and two assisted blocks. Brittany Thomas had eight kills and nine digs and Andrea McQuaid had five kills with three aces, three digs and three assisted blocks. Kryssi Daniels led the Tide with 14 digs and Bria Green had a career-high 12 digs to go along with three kills.
For the Razorbacks, Meredith Hays and Barbara Dapic had 10 kills each to lead the way. Ana Sofia Josino had five kills and a team-high five assisted blocks. Emily Helm had a match-high 22 digs.
Alabama rolled the Razorbacks in the first set, posting a 25-11 victory to get the match started. The Tide posted a .632 hitting percentage in the opening set, recording 13 kills with one error on 19 total attempts.
In the second set, Arkansas held set-point at 24-22, but the Crimson Tide rallied late and scored the final four points of the set for a 26-24 win, taking a 2-0 lead in the match. After a Thomas hitting error gave the Razorback set-point, UA got a kills from Rivers and three hitting errors by Arkansas to win the set. Bama took a 25-24 lead following a solo block by Rivers.
Arkansas controlled the flow of the third set, leading by as many as eight points at 20-12 before Bama cut the deficit to four (21-17) following back-to-back aces by Wilson. That was as close as the Tide got in the set, as the Razorbacks scored three of the final four points to win the third set, 25-19.
In the fourth set, the Tide trailed 15-9 before going on an 8-0 run to take a 17-15 lead. After a kill by Weldy made the score 15-10, Kelsey Melito served seven straight points for the Tide, before Arkansas ended the run with a kill by Hayley Koop. Bama stretched its lead to 22-19 following a kill by Rivers, before a block by Rivers and Weldy gave the Tide set-point at 24-20. After an Alabama service error, the final point of the night came on a serving error by the Razorbacks' Meredith Hays.
The Tide closes the weekend with a Sunday afternoon match against the No. 7 ranked Missouri Tigers. First serve is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. CT from Foster Auditorium.
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