Oct. 5, 2013
Tuscaloosa, Ala. - Alabama (13-3/1-1 SEC) opened the second week of Southeastern Conference play with a 3-1 road win against rival Auburn on Wednesday night. The Tide closes the week with a Sunday afternoon match against the No. 3 ranked Florida Gators (14-1, 3-0 SEC). The match between Alabama and Florida will start at 1:30 p.m. CT from Foster Auditorium.
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Following a 3-1 win over Auburn on Wednesday, the Crimson Tide has now won 11 of its last 12 matches. Last week Alabama posted a 3-0 win over Alabama State and suffered a 3-1 loss to No. 18 Kentucky. The Tide opened SEC play with a four-set loss to nationally ranked Kentucky, snapping Bama's season-long 10-match winning streak.
For the season, Alabama is 20th in the country with a .281 hitting percentage. The Tide ranks 18th in the country with 14.20 kills and 13.27 assists per set. Both totals rank fourth in the SEC. Alabama also averages 1.31 aces, 13.92 digs and 1.73 blocks per set. UA opponents hit .181 with 11.24 kills, 10.51 assists, 1.02 aces, 11.64 digs and 2.05 blocks per set this year. Head coach Ed Allen is in his third season with the Crimson Tide and 22nd overall as a head coach. With a 13-3 record this season, Allen has a 42-37 record at the Capstone, bringing his career record to 536-220 (.709).
Alabama redshirt freshman middle blocker Krystal Rivers leads the team with 3.56 blocks per set while hitting .441, ranking ninth and third, respectively, in the SEC. Freshman outside hitter Brittany Thomas is second on the team with 193 kills (3.27 kps) and is second on the team with 2.61 digs per set. Laura Steiner adds 3.30 kills per set and Kryssi Daniels leads the squad with 3.20 digs per set. Sophomore setter Sierra Wilson is second in the SEC with 11.77 assists per set and needs 13 more assists to move into sixth all-time in career assists at Alabama.
In its last match, Alabama went on the road and defeated the Auburn Tigers 3-1 (17-25, 25-15, 25-14, 25-15) on Wednesday night. The Tide snapped a four-match road losing streak to the Tigers, and had not won at Auburn since the 2008 season. Bama out-hit the Tigers .297 to .041 in the match, after Auburn hit .345 in the first set, compared to a .132 mark for the Tide in the opening set. Alabama posted 12 total blocks in the match while holding Auburn to a .038 hitting percentage in the second set, a -.057 mark in the third and a -.125 mark in the fourth.
Krystal Rivers led the Tide with 18 kills while hitting .484 against Auburn. Rivers also added seven total blocks, recording three solos and four assisted blocks. Brittany Thomas added 15 kills to go along with nine digs and Mattie Weldy came off the bench to record a season-high 10 kills against the Tigers. Sierra Wilson dished out 47 assists, Kryssi Daniels had a team-high 11 digs and Bria Green matched her season-high with 10 digs.
Florida enters the match ranked third in the country in the AVCA poll. Following a 3-0 win over Texas A&M on Friday night, the Gators are 14-1 overall and 3-0 in SEC play. The only loss of the season for Florida came on Sept. 8, when the Gators were defeated in straight sets by top-rank Penn State. Since the loss to the Nittany Lions, Florida has won nine straight matches. Florida is averaging 14.90 kills per set, while hitting .339 this season, ranking second in the SEC in both categories. The .339 hitting percentage is second in the country and the 14.90 kills per set rank seventh nationally.
Chloe Mann leads the Gators with 159 kills, averaging 3.38 per set with a .513 hitting percentage, which is second in the SEC and second in the country. Mann also ranks 18th in the conference with 0.87 blocks per set. Sophomore outside hitter Ziva Recek leads the team with 3.60 kills per set, while adding 2.29 digs per set. Simone Antwi leads the team blocking with 1.17 blocks per set (5th in the SEC) with 12 solo blocks and 44 assisted blocks. Taylor Unroe is sixth in the SEC with 4.19 digs per set and setter Taylor Brauneis is third in the SEC with 11.48 assists per set.
The match Sunday will be the 43rd meeting between the Tide and the Gators with Florida leading the series 37-5. Since Alabama reinstated its program in 1989, the Tide has dropped 37 straight matches to the Gators, winning a total of four sets in those meetings.
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