Nov. 17, 2013
Gainesville, Fla. - The Alabama volleyball team suffered a 3-0 (21-25, 23-25, 17-25) Southeastern Conference loss to the No. 5 ranked Florida Gators on Sunday afternoon from the O'Connell Center. With the loss, the Crimson Tide falls to 21-8 overall and 8-6 in SEC play. The Gators improve to 24-3 overall and 13-2 in conference play.
Florida, who posted its second straight sets victory over the Tide this season, out-hit Alabama .341 to .141 in the match, as the Gators posted 10 blocks compared to four by the Tide. The Gators out-dug Bama, 30-29, and had three aces compared to two by the Tide.
Leading the offensive attack for Alabama were a pair of freshmen, as Brittany Thomas and Krystal Rivers led the way with eight kills each. Katherine White, Andrea McQuaid and Laura Steiner added six kills each.
White led the team with a .500 hitting percentage, posting her six kills on 10 swings with one hitting errors, to go along with one solo and one assisted block. McQuaid posted a .400 percentage after committing two errors on 10 attempts. Kryssi Daniels paced the tied with seven digs.
Florida's Gabby Mallette led all players in the match with 11 kills, while Alex Holston, Ziva Recek, Chloe Mann and Simone Antwi had six kills each. Taylor Unroe led all players with nine digs.
Alabama got off to a slow start as the Gators held the Tide to a .032 hitting percentage in the first set. Although the Tide struggled offensively, they were able to keep the set close throughout.
In the second set, Alabama overcame a 15-12 deficit to hold a 23-22 lead following a kill by Steiner. After Florida took a timeout, Recek had a kill and a block to give the Gators set-point at 24-23. After the Tide used a timeout, Steiner committed a hitting error for the final point, as the Gators won the set 25-23, taking a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Tide trailed 11-10 in the third set before Florida used an 8-2 run to open a 19-12 lead, following back-to-back aces by Unroe. Bama got within five, 20-15, before three straight kills by the Gators made the score 23-15. The teams then traded points as Florida posted a 25-17 victory in the set to record a straight-sets win over the Tide.
Next week the Crimson Tide will return to Foster Auditorium for its final two home matches of the season. Alabama will host the Ole Miss Rebels on Friday, Nov. 22, with first serve scheduled for 7 p.m. CT. The final home match of the season will have the Tennessee Lady Vols at Foster Auditorium on Sunday, Nov. 24. The match will be televised on CSS, with first serve slated for 1 p.m. CT.
The Tennessee match will be the final two home matches for seniors Andrea McQuaid and Kelsey Melito. Alabama will honor the seniors in a ceremony prior to the start of the match.
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