Volleyball Closes Season with a Thrilling Five-Set Win at Missouri
Nov. 23, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Alabama volleyball team wrapped up its 2012 season with a 3-2 (15-25, 25-19, 17-25, 25-23, 15-12) Southeastern Conference victory over the Missouri Tigers on Friday night, from the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Mo. With the thrilling win, the Crimson Tide completes its season with an 18-14 overall record, while finishing 7-13 in SEC play. The Tigers drop to 19-12 overall and 10-10 in their first SEC campaign.
For the first time this season, Alabama posted a five-set win, as senior outside hitter Kayla Fitterer ended her career with the final kill of the match. Alabama battled back from a 9-11 deficit in the deciding set, winning six of the final seven points to pull out the huge road win to close the season. UA finished the season with a 1-4 record in five-set matches this season.
Despite being out hit .364 to .318, losing the blocks battle, 9-4, and being out-dug 61-55, Alabama was able to grind out the win and finish the season with a 5-7 record in road matches.
Fitterer paced the Tide with a season-high tying and match-high 26 kills in her final match in an Alabama uniform, and finished the night with a .367 hitting percentage and eight digs. With her 26 kills and eight digs, Fitterer finishes her career at the Capstone with 1,351 kills and 886 digs. Her 1,351 kills rank seventh all-time and she ends her career with 4,137 attempts, which is the second most in school history.
Sierra Wilson finished the night with a career-high 64 assists to finish the season with 1,292 assists, which ranks as the 10th most in a single season at Alabama. Laura Steiner added 19 kills and Kanesha Burch chipped in with 12 kills and a .360 hitting percentage. Cristina Arenas paced the Tide with 17 digs, Kelsey Melito added 11 and Kryssi Daniels had 10.
Lisa Henning was one of three Tigers to reach double figures in kills as she finished the night with 24. Emily Wilson had 16 kills and Whitney Little added 13. Henning had four total blocks, Little had three assisted blocks and Lydia Ely led all players with five assisted blocks.
Alabama dropped the opening set, 25-15, as the Tigers posted a .571 hitting percentage in the set, while UA hit .267. In the second set, the Tide evened the match with a 25-19 victory, as Fitterer had six kills and Steiner added four, as the Tide produced 18 kills and a .341 hitting percentage in the frame.
Missouri took a 2-1 lead in the match following a 25-17 win in the third set. The Tigers hit .375 in the set and UA had a .258 mark in the frame.
Alabama evened the match at two sets each with a 25-23 win on the fourth set. After leading early in the set, Alabama trailed 13-10 before making a late run. UA took a 19-18 lead following a kill by Andrea McQuaid, then held a 24-21 lead following a hitting error by Missouri. After two points by the Tigers, a kill by Fitterer gave Bama the fourth set to even the match at 2-2.
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