Volleyball Drops First Home Match Against Arkansas

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ROLLTIDEDOTCOM
Sunday, October 10, 2004

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Erin Heffern and Rachael Green

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TUSCALOOSA – The University of Alabama volleyball team suffered its first home loss of the season dropping a tough hard-fought 3-1 (28-30, 30-22, 23-30, 28-30) decision to Arkansas on Sunday afternoon.

For the Crimson Tide (13-4, 3-3 SEC), the loss was their third in their last four matches. Arkansas, the current SEC Western Division leaders, improved to 7-8 overall and 5-1 in the SEC. The win was also the Lady Razorbacks six straight over Bama.

“Today was a tremendous volleyball match,” said UA head coach Judy Green. “We just got caught in some tough rotations and weren’t able to score the points when we needed to. I thought we grew up a lot in this match and this weekend. I definitely saw a great deal of improvement over last weekend’s play. Hopefully, we will continue to mature and learn from our losses.”

Alabama held a lead for much of the play in game but couldn’t close out the frame. Leading 25-23, UA allowed the Lady Razorbacks to score six straight points before making a push of their own. Arkansas was able to hold on for the 30-28 win.

The Tide used the late charge as momentum in game two taking an early 12-6 advantage. UA built on their lead pushing in front by double digits and holding on for the 30-22 victory.

Bama came out a bit flat in the third stanza, falling behind the Lady’ Backs 15-7 midway through the competition. The Tide fought back and trimmed the lead to two points (23-21) before eventually losing the game by the count of 30-23.

Game four was a classic sideout battle with neither team able to stop the other side’s offense. Both squads took turns with the lead and Arkansas closed out the match thanks to a net-cord service ace and a Tide hitting error.

Senior All-American candidate Erin Heffner was nearly unstoppable for the Tide racking up a near career-high 30 kills on 48 attempts. Heffner hit .500 for the match and also tallied three aces and a personal-best three block solos.

Alabama also got solid play from Julie Farley with 13 kills and six blocks. Jessica Yearout posted nine digs to pace the Tide back row defense while freshman setter Brigitte Slack handed out 60 assists. Fellow freshman Megan Hudson provided a bit of a spark for Bama in the final game serving up three aces as a defensive specialist.

Jessica Dorrell and Kele Brewer led the Arkansas offense with 13 kills each. Dorrell also paced the Lady’ Back defense finishing with seven blocks on the day.

Alabama remains home for another pair of important SEC matches next weekend when the Tide welcomes South Carolina (Friday) and No. 18 Tennessee (Sunday) to the CAVE.

PHOTO GALLERY:

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Abbi Blackburn and Rachael Green talk strategy.
(Photo by Michelle Lepianka)

Game Arkansas 02
Erin Heffner and her teammates celebrate a big point.
(Photo by Michelle Lepianka)

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Erin Heffner spikes one over the Arkansas defenders.
(Photo by Michelle Lepianka)

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Erin Heffner and Rachael Green attempt to block a shot.
(Photo by Michelle Lepianka)

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Megan Hudson digs one out.
(Photo by Michelle Lepianka)

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Kelley Potter pounds the ball over the net.
(Photo by Michelle Lepianka)

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Kelley Potter and Mary Beth Moore root on their teammates.
(Photo by Jeff Hanson)

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Coach Chris Redding gives a pep talk.
(Photo by Jeff Hanson)

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Kory Tull returns a serve.
(Photo by Michelle Lepianka)