Nov. 30, 2013
Baton Rouge, La. - The Alabama volleyball team wrapped up its 2013 regular season with a 3-0 (22-25, 23-25, 21-25) Southeastern Conference loss to the LSU Tigers on Saturday afternoon from the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Saturday afternoon. The Crimson Tide finishes the 2013 regular season with a 24-9 overall record and an 11-7 mark in SEC play, finishing fourth in the conference standings. The Tigers finish the season 18-12 overall and 8-10 in conference play.
Following the match at LSU, Alabama will now wait to find out if its season continues in the NCAA tournament. The field of 64 for the 2013 NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament will be announced on ESPNU at 8:30 p.m. CT on Sunday night.
The Tide was paced by Krystal Rivers who had a team-high 12 kills, while hitting .407 (12-1/27) in the match. Brittany Thomas finished the day with eight kills and 11 digs and Katherine White also added eight kills with a .429 (8-2/14) hitting percentage.
Alabama got a team-high 13 digs from Kryssi Daniels. Sierra Wilson had 37 assists and nine digs and Bria Green finished the day with a season-high five kills and eight digs.
LSU was led by Helen Boyle who had a double-double with 10 kills and 14 digs. Cati Leak had a match-high 14 kills with nine digs, Briana Holman added 11 kills and four assisted blocks and Katie Lindelow added nine kills and 10 digs.
LSU out-hit the Tide .288 to .226 in the match, as the Tigers had eight blocks compared to two by Alabama. The Tigers also out-dug Bama 59 to 52 and had four aces compared to nine by the Tide.
Alabama jumped out to an early 6-1 lead to start the first set. LSU chipped away at the Bama lead before evening the score at 13-13 on a kill by Lindelow. With the Tide leading 17-16, LSU went on a 5-0 run to open a 21-17 lead, before closing the set with a 25-22 victory.
In the second set, Bama opened a 13-6 lead following a kill by White. The Tigers once again chipped away at the Tide lead and used a 7-1 run to take an 18-17 lead in the set. The Tide responded by taking a 21-20 lead, before LSU scored of last seven points to close the set for a 2-0 lead in the match.
LSU came out of the lockerroom looking to put things away as it held a 16-8 lead midway through the third set. With the Tide trailing 18-11, Alabama chipped away at the seven-point deficit, getting within two points at 23-21. Kills by LSU's Leak and Lindelow ended the match resulting in a straight sets loss for the Tide.
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