Hampton Inn Bama Bash Tournament Central
This Week In Alabama Volleyball
This week the Alabama Crimson Tide (6-1/0-0 SEC) will host the Hampton Inn Bama Bash on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7-8, at Foster Auditorium. The tournament will include five teams that will play a total of 10 matches over the two-day event. The participating teams are Alabama, Lamar, Austin Peay, Alabama State and East Tennessee State. Play will begin at 9 a.m. CT on both days. On Friday, Alabama will play Lamar at 11:30 a.m., before playing Austin Peay at 7 p.m. The Tide will play at the same times on Saturday, battling Alabama State in the morning match and East Tennessee State in the evening to wrap up the tournament.
Follow the Tide Online
For this week's matches of the Hampton Inn Bama Bash, all 10 matches will have livestats available through RollTide.com. There will also be live video available through the TideTV All Access plan on RollTide.com, with a live audio broadcast available for all four Alabama matches.
Players to Watch
After winning the championship at the Elon Phoenix Classic, Alabama had three players earn all-tournament honors. Andrea McQuaid was named the Most Valuable Player and Sierra Wilson and Pricilla Duke-Ezeji were selected to the all-tournament team. McQuaid leads the Tide with a .372 hitting percentage and is third on the team with 2.96 kills per set. Over the last six matches, McQuaid is hitting .417 and has had five matches with a .400 or better hitting percentage. Wilson has been steady for the Tide this season, as the freshman setter currently ranks second in the Southeastern Conference with 11.54 assists per set. After recording six aces in the Elon Phoenix Classic, Wilson is second in the SEC with 12 total aces, while her .050 aces per set is tied for fourth in the conference. Duke-Ezeji had a big weekend for Alabama, as the sophomore transfer from UCLA averaged 4.33 kills per set with a .391 hitting percentage in the tournament. Following the impressive performance in the tournament, Duke-Ezeji saw her hitting percentage climb nearly 80 points in three matches, as she is now hitting .236 for the season. She's also third on the team with 13 total blocks to average 0.54 blocks per set.
Kayla Fitterer Reaches 1,000 Career Kills Milestone
Senior outside hitter Kayla Fitterer entered her final season with 989 career kills in 81 matches played at the Capstone. Fitterer had 10 kills in the season opener against Holy Cross and then became the 13th player in school history with 1,000 career kills with her first against Northeastern in the second match of the season. She reached the 1,000-kill mark in her 83rd career match at Alabama. With 51 kills this season, Fitterer now ranks 11th in school history with 1,040 career kills and needs 247 kills to pass Jennifer Bibber for 10th.
Scouting the Lamar Cardinals
After winning its last three matches, Lamar enters the Hampton Inn Bama Bash with a 6-4 overall record. The Cardinals opened the season with a 1-3 record, but has won five of their last six matches overall. The Cardinals average 11.8 kills per set while hitting .169 as a team, with 1.51 aces, 13.0 digs and 1.7 blocks per set.
Cynthia McCollum leads the team with 3.1 kills per set, while Sierra Whittaker and Wendy Krell add 2.7 and 2.5 kills per set respectively. Krell also leads the team with a .312 hitting percentage. Madi Martin leads the team with 244 assists, but Alex Morford averages a team-best 10.6 assists per set. Megan Schwartz leads the club with 4.0 digs per set and Cortney Moore averages a team-high 0.96 blocks per set.
Following a 3-0 victory over Lamar last season, Alabama is 2-1 all-time versus the Cardinals. After Lamar won the first meeting, 2-0, in 1976, UA defeated Lamar in four sets during the 1996 season, in the only meeting in Tuscaloosa.
Scouting the Austin Peay Governors
Austin Peay is currently riding a three-match losing streak, and since winning its opening match of the season, the Lady Govs have dropped eight of its last nine. Most recently, APSU suffered a 3-0 loss to Lipscomb on Tuesday night. The Lady Govs average 12.0 kills per set while hitting .197 as a team.
The leading hitter for Austin Peay is Jada Stotts as she provides 3.4 kills per set, with a .203 hitting percentage. Stotts also leads the squad with 2.5 digs per set. Nikki Doyle and Hilary Plybon add 2.5 and 2.1 kills per set respectively and Cami Fields averages a team-high 9.3 assist per set.
Friday's match between Alabama and Austin Peay will mark the sixth meeting all-time between the two schools. The Tide has won the first five matches, including a 3-1 win over the Lady Govs in the 2011 Hampton Inn Bama Bash. UA is 4-0 all-time against APSU in matches played in Tuscaloosa.
Scouting the Alabama State Hornets
So far in 2012, Alabama State has yet to win a match in seven outings and has won just two sets this season. ASU averages 8.1 kills per set as a team with a .021 hitting percentage in seven matches.
Rachel Smith leads the team with 1.87 kills per set, while Amber Bennett and Chelsey Scott add 1.5 and 1.4 kills per frame respectively. Setter Brooke Beasley averages 5.5 assists per set and Luiz Griz leads the team with 3.3 digs per set.
Saturday's match between Alabama and Alabama State will mark the 12th meeting all-time between the two schools. Alabama has won the previous 11 matches, dropping just one of the 30 sets played in the all-time series. UA has won the last 18 straight sets over the Hornets.
Scouting the East Tennessee State Buccaneers
East Tennessee State enters the tournament with a 7-2 record following a 3-1 victory at home over Marshall on Monday. The Buccaneers, who have won four of their last five matches, are averaging 12.8 kills per set while hitting .242 as a team. ETSU averages 1.47 aces, 13.4 dig and 2.8 blocks per set this season.
The ETSU kills leader is Megan Devine with 4.3 kills per set. Through nine matches, Devine has 145 total kills on 393 attempts to lead the squad in both categories as well. Meredith Hardy adds 2.8 kills per set and Ivey Rice and Bethany Gesell average 2.3 per set. The setting duo of Kayla Williams and Jamie Rutledge average 10.2 and 9.3 assists per set, respectively, and Devine leads the team with 3.4 digs per frame.
When Alabama and ETSU close out the Hampton Inn Bama Bash, it will mark the second ever meeting between the two schools. In the first meeting in 1998, Alabama posted a 3-0 victory over the Buccaneers in the Crimson Tide Classic.
Alabama Quick Hitters
Alabama posted a perfect 4-0 record last week and captured the championship at the Elon Phoenix Classic with three, three-set victories. UA has won its last five matches and has won the last 15 sets played. The five straight wins are the longest since the 2010 season when the Tide won seven straight matches. Alabama is off to a 6-1 start to open the season, the best start for the Tide since opening the 2005 campaign with a 13-1 record. As a team, Alabama ranks fourth in the SEC with a .266 for the season, while averaging 13.8 kills, 1.7 aces and 1.9 blocks per set. UA leads the SEC with a .112 opponent hitting percentage and 40 total aces.
• Andrea McQuaid was named the Elon Phoenix Classic Most Valuable Player after average 3.3 kills per set with a .410 hitting percentage in the tournament.
• Setter Sierra Wilson and outside hitter Pricilla Duke-Ezeji were also named to the all-tournament team.
• Duke-Ezeji currently leads the Crimson Tide with 91 kills and ranks seventh in the SEC with 3.8 kills per set.
• Duke-Ezeji had a .368 hitting percentage last week, after posting a season-high .476 in the match against Elon.
• Wilson averages 11.7 assists per set to rank second in the SEC.
• Kayla Fitterer, who has played just 16 of the team's 24 sets this season, averages 3.2 kills per set with a .241 hitting percentage this season.
• Fitterer ranks 12th in the SEC in kills per set.
• Kryssi Daniels leads the SEC with 13 total aces and is third in the SEC with 0.54 aces per set.
• Wilson has 12 aces, second most in the SEC, to rank fourth in the conference with 0.50 aces per set.
• Yukie Futami has a team-high 4.92 digs per set to rank third in the SEC.
• Katherine White has 25 total blocks and her 1.04 blocks per set this year ranks seventh best in the conference.
Next Week for the Tide
Following the Hampton Inn Bama Bash, Alabama will continue its seven-match homestand with a Tuesday night game against in-state foe Samford. The final non-conference match of the season will begin at 7 p.m. CT from Foster Auditorium. The Tide opens Southeastern Conference play at home on Friday, Sept. 14, with a 7 p.m., match against LSU. The week concludes on Sunday, Sept. 16 when the Tide takes on No. 16 Tennessee at 1:30 p.m. CT.
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