Aug. 31, 2010
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The 2010 campaign for the volleyball (1-2) team kicked off last weekend at the Hawkeye Challenge in Iowa City, Iowa. The action started Friday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena with Alabama dropping its first match to host team, Iowa, 3-1 (23-25, 25-14, 29-27, 25-19). The Crimson Tide was offensively led in the match by sophomore Kayla Fitterer with 15 kills followed by Brianne Vande Griend with 13. Also contributing to the effort was sophomore Kelsey Anderson with 19 digs and senior Kayla Schmidt with 22 assists. Service errors were abundant throughout the match as both teams combined notched 20. Iowa had a sizable advantage over Alabama in blocks, 12.0-3.0.
On Saturday, Alabama scored its first win of the season in a 3-0 (25-23, 25-8, 25-13) sweep over the Green Bay Phoenix. Redshirt sophomore Leigh Moyer and Fitterer both posted career-best hitting percentages helping the Tide to an overall hitting percentage of .372. Fitterer had a match-best 14 kills, 0 errors, with a hitting percentage of .500, while Moyer hit .750 with nine kills and no errors on 12 attempts. Schmidt all set a new career-high in services aces with four. On defense, Alabama was led by Anderson with 15 digs. The Tide held Green Bay to an overall hitting percentage of .081 for the match.
Alabama closed out the Hawkeye Challenge on Sunday with a 3-0 (26-24, 25-19, 25-23) loss to the Southern Illinois Salukis. Senior Alyssa Meuth led the Tide with 16 kills in the match while Vande Griend hit .429 with eight kills and two errors on 14 attempts. The Salukis hit marginally better that the Tide, .344-.284, but Alabama led in kills 45-40. The Salukis also registered a 7.0-0.0 advantage in blocks for the match, but the Tide led in digs 41-26
Coming up, Alabama hosts the 2010 Bama Bash Sept. 3-4 as it welcomes UAB, Toledo, and Furman to Tuscaloosa for its lone home tournament of the season.