Friday, September 16, 2005
The Alabama volleyball team (10-1) extended its winning streak to 10 matches by sweeping Jackson State 3-0 (30-16, 30-14, 30-10) in the opening game of the BSC Challenge in Birmingham. The Tide dominated the game by out hitting the Lady Tigers .403 to -.082.
Alabama controlled the match from start to finish. Jackson State (0-8) managed to only lead twice, once in each of the first two games by virtue of scoring first. After gaining the lead, the Tide broke open the games with runs of 10-0 in the first game, 8-0 in the second and a 9-0 in the third to seal the victory.
Sophomores Crystal Hudson (Hueytown, Ala.) and Bridget Fuentez (Tomball, Texas) paced the Tide with 14 and 11 kills each. Hudson increased her SEC leading hitting percentage by slugging .611 in the contest. Freshman Amy Pauly (Burr Ridge, Ill.) matched her career high with five aces.
Alabama plays Belmont at 10:00 a.m. Saturday in its second match of the BSC Challenge. The Tide will wrap the tournament Saturday night against Birmingham-Southern at 7:00 as UA looks to capture its third tournament crown of the season. The tournament championship would mark the first time since the 1977 season in which the Tide has captured at least three tournament crowns in one year. Live stats for both matches can be seen at www.rolltide.com.