Volleyball Comeback Attempt Falls Short in Five Set Loss to Gamecocks

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Kayla Fitterer had a season-high 26 kills against South Carolina.
Kayla Fitterer had a season-high 26 kills against South Carolina.

Nov. 16, 2012

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama volleyball team got a season-high 26 kills from Kayla Fitterer, but it wasn't enough as the Crimson Tide comeback attempt against South Carolina fell short, as the Tide suffered a 3-2 (20-25, 12-25, 25-17, 25-20, 7-15) Southeastern Conference loss to the Gamecocks on Friday night from Foster Auditorium.

After dropping the first two sets, 20-25 and 12-25, Alabama (16-13, 5-12 SEC) rallied to win the third and fourth sets by scores of 25-17 and 25-20, respectively, to even the match at 2-2. Alabama could not complete the come-from-behind win, as the Gamecocks (17-13, 5-13 SEC) put the match away with a 15-7 victory on the fifth and decisive set.

UA finished the match with a .108 hitting percentage after posting a -.024 hitting mark in the second set and a -.083 mark in the fifth set. South Carolina finished the day with a .191 hitting mark after posting a .333 percentage in the fifth and deciding set. South Carolina out-dug the Tide 91-84 and had more blocks that UA, 12-11.

Fitterer also collected a season-high 82 attempts as she finished the match with a .256 hitting percentage. She notched her seventh double-double of the season, and 32nd of her career, with 12 digs. With her 26 kills, Fitterer now has 1,299 career kills and moved into eighth all-time on the UA career kills list, passing Nina Foster's total of 1,289. Fitterer now needs seven more kills to pass Sue Faris for seventh all-time.

Sierra Wilson had her seventh double-double of the season as well with 47 assists and 14 digs. Kryssi Daniels had a career-high 19 digs and Cristina Arenas led Bama with 22 digs.

For South Carolina, Juliette Thevenin had a match-high 27 kills to go along with 16 digs. Jenna Allen added a double-double as well with 11 kills and 15 digs and setter Taylor Bruns had 46 assists and 15 digs. Bethanie Thomas led all players with 25 digs in the match. 

Alabama continues Southeastern Conference action on Sunday with the final home match season, against Auburn at 1 p.m. CT, from Foster Auditorium. The match will be televised on CSS with Melissa Lee and Anjelica Patridge calling the action. Seniors Kayla Fitterer and Leigh Moyer will be making their final home appearance of their careers on Sunday, and will be recognized in a pregame ceremony. 

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