Aug 30, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The University of Alabama volleyball team opened its 2013 season with a 3-1 (25-19, 25-22, 23-25, 25-23) win over the Seton Hall Pirates in the Black Knights Invitational on Friday afternoon.
Freshmen Brittany Thomas and Krystal Rivers led the offensive charge, as Thomas finished the day with a match-high 14 kills while Rivers added 13. Thomas hit .294 (14-4/34) and Rivers posted a .346 (13-4/23) hitting percentage to go along with six blocks, five solo and one assisted.
Andrea McQuaid notched her 15th career double-double with 21 assists and 13 digs and narrowly missed a triple-double with eight kills. Katherine White added eight kills to go along with a team-high seven blocks, including a career-high three solo blocks. Laura Steiner had eight kills and Sierra Wilson had a team-high 29 assists.
Alabama took the opening set 25-19 behind a .205 hitting percentage that saw Rivers post four kills and Wilson dished out 10 assists. After having two kills in the opening set, Thomas exploded for six of Alabama's 15 kills in the second set, helping the Tide open a 2-0 lead in the match with a 25-22 second-set win.
Although the Tide outhit the Pirates .158 to .140 in the third set, Seton Hall was able to overcome a late push by Alabama to take the third set 25-23. With Seton Hall leading 17-12 in the fourth set, Alabama got within one, 20-19, thanks to a pair of hitting errors by Seton Hall. The Tide closed out the set with a 6-2 run to close out the Pirates in four.
Alabama has now won the season opening match for the third straight year under head coach Ed Allen, marking the first time since the 2000-02 seasons that the Tide has opened the year with a win.
Alabama returns to action in the Black Knights Invitational on Saturday when it takes on Washington State at 11 a.m. CT from the Gillis Field House. The Tide wraps up the tournament against Army at 6 p.m. CT on Saturday.
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