Nov. 27, 2013
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Alabama volleyball team posted a 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-23) Southeastern Conference victory over the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Wednesday night from the Newell-Grissom Building. With the win, the Crimson Tide is now 24-8 overall and 11-6 in SEC play, the Bulldogs fall to 12-20 overall, 2-15 in conference play.
Alabama will have a chance to record its 25th win of the season when it travels to Baton Rouge, La., to take on the LSU Tigers on Saturday, with first serve scheduled for 1 p.m. CT. Saturday's match against the Tigers will be the final regular season match for the Tide. Since re-establishing the program in 1989, the 24 wins are the most for a Crimson Tide volleyball team since 1995, when that team posted a 24-10 record.
Alabama out-hit the Bulldogs .203 to .188, had nine blocks compared to eight by MSU, and had a 61-51 advantage in digs. The Tide had five service aces compared to four by the Bulldogs.
Leading the Alabama offensive attack was Laura Steiner with 13 kills. It was the most kills in a match for Steiner since she had 22 kills against Troy on Sept. 21. Brittany Thomas posted her eight double-double of the season with 11 kills and 13 digs and Krystal Rivers finished the match with nine kills and a .400 hitting percentage, while adding four assisted blocks and three digs.
Katherine White continued her consistent play of late, collecting six kills with a .400 hitting percentage, to go along with a solo block and three assisted blocks. Sierra Wilson had 42 assists, six digs, three kills and two assisted blocks, and Kryssi Daniels led the team with 14 digs.
Mississippi State was led by Taylor Scott who had a match-high 16 kills to go along with nine digs and a pair of solo blocks and Roxanne McVey had a match-high 22 digs.
Alabama jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the match by winning the first set 25-20. The Tide held an early 7-4 lead before MSU ran off four straight points for an 8-7 lead. Bama went on a 7-2 run to open a 14-10 lead, following a kill by Steiner. MSU cut the deficit to two at 19-17 and 20-18, before Bama closed the set with a 5-2 run, which ended with the seventh kill of the set by Steiner.
After falling behind 16-10 in the second set, Alabama ran off eight straight points, with Thomas as the service line, to take an 18-16 lead in the set. After the Bulldogs regained its lead at 21-20, the Tide scored five of the next six points for a 25-22 win and a 2-0 lead. Bama outscored the Bulldogs 15-6 to close out the second set.
The Tide fell behind 7-4 early in the third set and chipped away at the MSU lead, before evening the score at 16-16 following an ace by Andrea McQuaid. Alabama did not lead in the set until a solo block by White gave the Tide a 21-20 advantage. Kills by Steiner and Bria Green extended the lead to 23-20, but MSU rallied for back-to-back points to get within one. A kill by Green gave Bama match-point, and after MSU's Dani McCree made the score 24-23, McQuaid finished the night with her third kill.
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