Nov. 10, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama volleyball suffered a 3-1 (22-25, 26-24, 20-25, 12-25) Southeastern Conference loss to the No. 7 ranked Missouri Tigers on Sunday afternoon from Foster Auditorium. With the loss, the Crimson Tide falls to 20-7 overall and 7-5 in SEC play. The Tigers remain unbeaten this season and improve to 29-0 overall and 13-0 in conference action.
Missouri dominated the defensive side of the net, posting 19 blocks to hold the Crimson Tide to a .121 hitting percentage. Missouri, who came into the match as the nation's leader with a .364 hitting percentage, hit .281 in the match, as the Tide posted seven blocks in the four sets. The Tigers also out-dug the Tide, 55-44.
Krystal Rivers led the Tide with 13 kills, but was forced into a season-high seven errors on 34 attempts. Mattie Weldy added 12 kills while hitting .132 and Brittany Thomas ended the match with eight kills. Bria Green hit .429 with four kills on seven attempts, while adding nine digs. Kryssi Daniels led the Tide with 10 digs and Sierra Wilson had 42 assists and six digs.
For the Tigers' balanced attack, Carly Kan had a match-high 14 kills with a .242 hitting percentage and Lisa Henning had 12 kills with a .171 hitting efficiency. Whitney Little hit .462 with seven kills on 13 attempts, and had a match-high 10 total blocks with two solo and eight assisted. Missouri setter Molly Kreklow had 48 assists, eight digs and eight total blocks, with 1 solo and seven assisted.
Missouri won the opening set 25-22 after posting seven blocks in the set, while holding the Tide to a .267 hitting percentage, while the Tigers produced a .360 hitting percentage in the set. With the score tied at 15-15, Missouri went on a 4-0 run to take the biggest lead of the set at 19-15. Alabama cut the deficit to one point three times, but with the score 23-22 in favor of the Tigers, Missouri got a kill by Emily Wilson and an ace by Henning to end the set.
Bama got behind 17-13 in the second set, and trailed by four, 22-18, before rallying to win the set 26-24. A kill by Rivers sparked a 6-0 run by the Tide that included four hitting errors by the Tigers. Missouri finished the second set with a .136 hitting percentage, as the Tigers had 14 kills with eight errors on the second set.
With Bama leading 14-11 in the third set, Missouri went on a 9-1 run to open a 20-15 lead. The Tide closed the gap to two at 21-19 following an overpass kill by White and an ace by Wilson. From there, Missouri closed the set with a 4-1 run to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
Missouri jumped on the Tide early in the fourth set, holding a 9-2 lead early, before eventually winning the set 25-12. Missouri had five of its 19 blocks in the fourth set, while limiting the Tide to a -.026 percentage in the fourth set.
Alabama will return to SEC play next week with matches at South Carolina and at No. 5 Florida. The Tide will take on the Gamecocks on Friday, Nov. 15, with first serve scheduled for 6 p.m. CT from the Volleyball Competition Facility. Sunday, Nov. 17, Bama will be at the O'Connor Center in Gainesville, Fla., for a 1 p.m. CT match against the Gators. The match will be televised on CSS.
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