Oct. 6, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama Crimson Tide (13-5, 2-4 SEC) will have seven days off before playing its next match. The Tide will continue SEC play with just one match this week, when they host the Missouri Tigers (12-5, 4-3 SEC) on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 1:30 p.m. CT from Foster Auditorium.
FOLLOW THE TIDE ONLINE
For Sunday’s match against Missouri, fans can follow all the action on RollTide.com. There will be a live webcast that includes both audio and video on TideTV, through the subscription package. Livestats will also be provided for free on RollTide.com. Additionally, the game will be broadcast live on WVUA-TV with Rich Robinson calling the action.
For Sunday’s match between Alabama and Missouri, it’s Big Al’s Kids Club Day and Youth Day. All Big Al Kids Club members will get free admission to the match, pictures with Big Al and goodies from McAlister’s Deli. As part of the Youth Day promotion, the first 200 kids, 12 and younger, will receive one voucher for a free hot dog and a drink. Additionally, all children 12 and younger will also be able to participate in postgame serving lines.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Sophomore middle blocker Katherine White continues to develop as a player in her second season with the Crimson Tide. This season, White leads Alabama with a .301 hitting percentage through 18 matches, in addition to leading the squad with 56 total kills to average 0.88 blocks per set. White ranks 15th in the SEC in blocks, averages 1.36 kills per set and is fifth on the team with 118 points. Cristina Arenas, who averages 3.16 digs per set, has been the starting libero for Alabama for the last 11 matches. Since entering the starting lineup against Lamar on Sept. 7, Arenas is averaging a team-leading 3.75 digs per set.
SCOUTING THE MISSOURI TIGERS
The Missouri Tigers enter Sunday’s match with a 12-5 overall record and are second in the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division with a 4-3 conference mark, following a five-set loss at Tennessee on Friday. Prior to Friday’s loss at Tennessee, the Tigers had won five of their last seven matches overall. Missouri currently ranks second in the SEC and 17th in the country in hitting percentage (.269), while leading the conference and ranking 23rd nationally with 2.81 blocks per set. Mizzou is fifth in the conference with a .183 opponent’s hitting percentage.
Whitney Little has been a force for the Tigers all season, as she leads the team with 1.55 blocks per set to go along with a .389 hitting percentage to rank 11th in the nation in both categories. Little is third in the SEC in hitting and first in the conference in blocks. Lisa Henning is second in the SEC with 4.38 kills per set, which is good for 24th nationally. Henning, who adds 2.53 digs per set, is hitting .266 for the season. Setter Molly Krelow ranks fourth in the SEC with 10.55 assists per set and ranks fourth on the team with 2.65 digs per set. Sara Meister leads the team with 3.28 digs per set, while Jade Hayes is second on the squad with 2.83 per frame.
Sunday’s meeting between Alabama and Missouri will mark just the second meeting all-time between the two schools in volleyball. Missouri won the first matchup, 3-1, when the team squared off in Tuscaloosa on Sept. 7, 2002, in the Crimson Tide Invitational.
LOOKING BACK AT LAST WEEK
Alabama is coming off a 1-1 week that included a four-set win over Mississippi and a three-set loss to Texas A&M. The three-set loss to the Aggies marked the first time this season the Crimson Tide was defeated in straight sets. Alabama is now 0-3 all-time versus Texas A&M. Last week Kayla Fitterer paced the Tide with 34 total kills, tying her season-high with a match-high 23 against Mississippi, then a match-best 11 against Texas A&M. Fitterer hit .408 against the Rebels and finished the week with a .333 (34-5/87) hitting percentage.
ALABAMA QUICK HITTERS
• Alabama leads the SEC with 80 aces this season, but is second in the conference (Florida, 1.63 aps) and 75th in the country with 1.40 aces per set.
• Alabama also ranks 41st in the country with a .254 hitting percentage, which is sixth best in the SEC.
• Alabama’s 12.40 assists per set, which is eighth in the conference, ranks 95th nationally. UA is fourth in the SEC with a .169 opponent hitting percentage.
• With 13 wins this season, UA has its most victories in a season since 2008 when the Tide posted 16 victories.
• Kayla Fitterer leads the team with 3.84 kills per set to rank sixth in the SEC.
• Sierra Wilson posted her third career double-double with 47 assists and 11 digs against Mississippi. Wilson also added three kills and three assisted blocks against the Rebels. Wilson ranks second in the SEC and 46th in the country with 10.91 assists per set.
• Laura Steiner posted a season-high 17 kills in the victory over Mississippi. Steiner is averaging 2.91 kills per set for the season, which ranks 20th in the SEC.
• Pricilla Duke-Ezeji returned to the starting lineup for the first time since Sept. 1 (Elon), and posted seven kills against Texas A&M.
• Kryssi Daniels continues to lead the SEC with 32 total aces to average 0.50 aces per set. Daniels’ 0.50 aces per set ranks 12th in the nation.
NEXT FOR THE TIDE
Alabama will play a pair of road matches against Southeastern Conference opponents next week. The Tide opens the week on Friday night at South Carolina with a 6 p.m. CT match from the Volleyball Competition Arena. For Sunday’s match, Alabama will travel to Baton Rouge, La., for the second match of the season against the LSU Tigers. The match against LSU is schedule to begin at 1 p.m. CT from the Maravich Center.
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