Oct. 6, 2011
Tennessee-Kentucky Match Notes
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - After posting a 3-0 win over the Alabama A&M Bulldogs on Tuesday, the Alabama Crimson Tide (9-8, 2-4 SEC) wraps up the week with a pair of Southeastern Conference road matches. Alabama opens the weekend at No. 19 Tennessee (13-2, 6-0 SEC) on Friday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m. CT, at the Thompson-Boiling Arena. The week closes with a Sunday afternoon match at Kentucky (14-3, 5-1 SEC) with first serve scheduled for 12:30 p.m. CT, from Memorial Coliseum.
Alabama (9-8, 2-4 SEC) at No. 19 Tennessee (13-2, 6-0 SEC)
October 7, 2011 | Knoxville, Tenn. | Thompson-Boling Arena | 6 p.m. CT
TV: None |Audio: utladyvols.com | Live Stats: RollTide.com | Video: utladyvols.com
Alabama (9-8, 2-4 SEC) at Kentucky (14-3, 5-1 SEC)
October 9, 2011 | Lexington, Ky. | Memorial Stadium | 12:30 p.m. CT
TV: None |Audio: ukathletics.com | Live Stats: RollTide.com | Video: ukathletics.com
FOLLOW THE TIDE ONLINE
For this week’s road volleyball matches, fans can follow the action live on the internet with live stats on RollTide.com, or by watching the video webcast provided by Tennessee and Kentucky. The webcast for the Tennessee match will be available for free at utladyvols.com/allaccess. For the Kentucky match, the audio broadcast will be available for free, while the video webcast is part of the subscription package on ukathletics.com.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Junior outside hitter Kayla Fitterer continues to put up good offensive numbers for the Tide. Last week, Fitterer led Alabama with 24 kills in matches against Mississippi and Mississippi State. She averaged 3.42 kills, 4.0 points and 1.86 digs per set, while posting a .279 hitting percentage for the week. Fitterer leads the team with 284 kills and ranks second in the SEC and 20th in the nation with 4.24 kills per set.
Andrea McQuaid led the Crimson Tide with a .293 hitting percentage last week, posting 13 kills in the two matches. McQuaid was second on the team with 22 digs (3.14 dps) and had double-doubles in assists and digs in both matches against the Mississippi schools. McQuaid missed her third triple-double of the season when she had nine kills, and team-highs of 21 assists and 12 digs against the Rebels. For the season, McQuaid leads the team with 381 assists, to rank 10th in the SEC with 5.69 assists per set. She is third on the team with 2.79 digs per set and fifth on the squad with 1.61 kills per set. McQuaid is tied for the SEC lead with 10 double-doubles in 2011.
SCOUTING THE TENNESSEE LADY VOLS
The Tennessee Lady Vols enter this week with a 13-2 overall record and are the only unbeaten team in SEC play with a 6-0 record. Tennessee moved up to No. 19 in this week’s AVCA Top-25 Poll. UT posted road wins over LSU (3-1) and Arkansas (3-0) last week. Tennessee leads the SEC with 14.39 kills per set, is second in the conference in hitting percentage (.272) and assists per set (13.15) and is fourth in aces (1.62 aps) and opponent hitting pct. (.176).
Kelsey Robinson is second in the SEC, behind UA’s Kayla Fitterer, in kills with 279, but leads the conference with 4.73 kills and 5.56 points per set. Robinson also leads the SEC with 29 aces. Freshman setter Mary Pollmiller averages 11.76 assists per set to lead the SEC. Carley Sahagian and Shaelyn Kolosky are seventh and eighth, respectively, in the conference in hitting percentage.
When Alabama and Tennessee meet on Friday it will mark the 41st meeting all-time between the two schools. Tennessee has won the last six meetings and holds a 29-11 advantage in the series. Alabama is 3-15 all-time in matches played in Knoxville, Tenn. The Lady Vols defeated UA, 3-0, at home last season. Alabama’s last win at Tennessee was a 3-0 win on Oct. 21, 2007.
SCOUTING THE KENTUCKY WILDCATS
Kentucky enters this week with a 14-3 record, while posting a 5-1 mark against SEC foes. The Wildcats will host Mississippi on Friday before Alabama enters Memorial Stadium on Sunday. UK has won 12 of its last 13 matches, and following a 3-1 loss at Florida on Sept. 23, the Wildcats have won three straight. In the SEC, Kentucky is first in kills (14.39 kps) and assists (13.32 aps), second in blocks (2.48 bps) and third in hitting percentage (.254).
Ashley Frazier leads the team with 2.93 kills per set, and is one of six players on the roster that averages more than two kills per set. Becky Pavan is second on the team with a .311 hitting percentage, while adding 2.65 kills per set. Christine Hartmann distributes 11.1 assists per set and leads the team with a .378 hitting percentage. Stephanie Klefot’s team-high 4.71 digs per set leads the SEC.
When Alabama and Kentucky meet on Sunday it will mark the 36th meeting all-time in the series. Kentucky leads the series 22-13. UA snapped a five-match losing streak to the Wildcats with a 3-2 win in Tuscaloosa last season. The Tide is 7-11 all-time in Lexington, and has dropped the last three matches on the road. UA’s last win at Kentucky was a 3-2 victory on Sept. 16, 2007.
LAST TIME OUT
The Crimson Tide played its final non-conference match of the season on Tuesday night and defeated the Alabama A&M Bulldogs, 3-0 (25-12, 25-12, 25-9). In a match that lasted just one hour and six minutes, the Tide got 11 kills each from Cortney Warren and Leigh Moyer. Alabama hit .420 in the match, while holding the Bulldogs to a -.042 hitting percentage. With the win, UA finished the season with a 7-4 record against non-conference foes.
TWITTER, FACEBOOK AND YOUTUBE
In addition to RollTide.com, Alabama volleyball can be followed on Twitter (@AlabamaVBall) and Facebook (facebook.com/AlabamaVBall). Additionally, video content will be available on the Alabama women’s volleyball YouTube channel (youtube.com/AlabamaVBall).
NEXT WEEK FOR THE TIDE
Next week, Alabama returns to Foster Auditorium for a pair of SEC matches against South Carolina and nationally ranked Florida. The Tide opens the week with a Friday evening match against the Gamecocks, with first serve scheduled for 7 p.m., on Oct. 14. The week wraps up with a 1 p.m. match against the Gators on Sunday, Oct. 16. The match against Florida will be televised on Fox Sports South.