Volleyball Hosts South Carolina and Florida This Week

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Shelbi Goode led the Tide with 23 kills in three matches last week.
Shelbi Goode led the Tide with 23 kills in three matches last week.

Oct. 13, 2011

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama Crimson Tide (9-10, 2-6 SEC) will host a pair of Southeastern Conference matches this week. The Tide opens the week on Friday night, with a 7 p.m. CT, match against the South Carolina Gamecocks (9-8, 0-7 SEC) at Foster Auditorium. Friday night's match will also be the kick-off event for the Athletics department "Power of Pink" program. UA will then host the No. 13 ranked Florida Gators (13-3, 6-1 SEC) on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. CT. Sunday's match will be televised on FSN Sports South with Pete Pranica and Phil Bush calling the action. The match will also be rebroadcasted on Monday night on WVUA at 7 p.m.

Alabama Alabama (9-10, 2-6 SEC) vs. South Carolina (9-8, 0-7 SEC)
October 14, 2011 | Tuscaloosa, Ala. | Foster Auditorium | 7 p.m. CT
TV: None |Audio: WVUA 90.7 FM | Live Stats: RollTide.com | Video: RollTide.com

Alabama (9-10, 2-6 SEC) vs. No. 13 Florida (13-3, 6-1 SEC)
October 16, 2011 | Tuscaloosa, Ala. | Foster Auditorium | 1 p.m. CT
TV: FSN-Sports South |Audio: WVUA 90.7 FM | Live Stats: RollTide.com | Video: None

Follow The Tide Online
Alabama's home matches against South Carolina and Florida will have a live radio broadcast available on WVUA 90.7 FM and online at WVUA-FM.ua.edu. The WVUA broadcast will also be available as part of the live video webcast on RollTide.com, through the All Access subscription plan, for Friday's match only. Livestats will also be available on RollTide.com for both matches.

Crimson Tide Promotions
Friday night's Alabama women's volleyball match against South Carolina will be the first event of the Athletics department's third annual "Power of Pink" program, sponsored by Tuscaloosa Toyota. Prior to the start of the match, the first 400 fans through the door will receive a "Power of Pink" t-shirt. Throughout the contest, fans will have an opportunity to win hats, tervis tumblers, pink volleyballs, and other items. One lucky fan will win an iPad through a raffle. The volleyball team will sign autographs following Sunday's match against Florida.

Players To Watch
Shelbi Goode led the Crimson Tide with 23 kills in three matches last week. The sophomore from Georgetown, Texas, averaged 2.56 kills per set while finishing the week second on the team with 20 total digs, to average 2.22 digs per set. For the season, Goode has appeared in 16 matches, playing in 42 total sets, with six starts. She is currently averaging 1.45 kills per set for the season. 

Scouting The South Carolina Gamecocks
The South Carolina Gamecocks enter this week with a 9-8 overall record, but are 0-7 against conference opponents. After posting a 9-1 non-conference record, South Carolina has lost seven straight matches. SC leads the SEC in digs with 17.67 per set this season, are third in the SEC in assists per set (12.65), fourth in kills per set (13.55) and fifth in hitting percentage (.233).
Juliette Thevenin comes into this week averaging 3.85 kills per set to rank fourth in the SEC. Thevenin is second on the team with a 3.62 digs per set average, to rank sixth in the conference. Frankie Vain's .332 hitting percentage is fifth in the SEC, and Paige Wheeler is second in the conference with a team-best 4.52 digs per set. 

When Alabama and South Carolina meet on Friday it will mark the 38th meeting all-time between the two schools. UA leads the series 21-16 and has won three of the last four. The Gamecocks posted a 3-1 win in Columbia in the most recent meeting. Alabama is 12-5 all-time at home versus SC and has won the last two matches played in Tuscaloosa, including a straight sets win on Oct. 10, last season.

Scouting The Florida Gators
Florida enters this week ranked No. 13 in the AVCA Coaches Poll. The Gators are riding a four-match win streak and play at Mississippi on Friday night. UF's last loss was a 3-2 home defeat by Tennessee on Sept. 25. Florida leads the SEC with a .305 hitting percentage and 1.68 aces per set, is second in opponent hitting percentage (.159) and blocks per set (2.46), and third with 13.61 kills per set. 
Kristy Jaeckel leads the team with 3.54 kills per set to rank ninth in the SEC, and is third in the team with a .318 hitting percentage. Kelly Murphy also has a .318 hitting mark for the year and averages 2.35 kills per set. Tangerine Wiggs has a team-high .349 hitting percentage and averages 2.23 kills per set. Betsy Smith's 1.08 blocks per set is fourth in the SEC, and Taylor Unroe is eighth in the conference with 3.56 digs per set.

When Alabama and Florida meet on Sunday it will mark the 40th meeting all-time in the series. Florida has won the last 34 matches, dating back to the 1989 season, and leads the series 34-5. During the 34-match win streak, UA has won a total of four sets. Last season in Tuscaloosa, Florida posted a 3-0 win over the Tide on Nov. 14. Alabama is 2-16 all-time against Florida at home.

Last Time Out
Alabama closed out last week with a 3-0 (12-25, 8-25, 17-25) loss at Kentucky on Sunday. The Crimson Tide was held to a season-low -.012 hitting percentage and tallied just 16 kills in the match. Kentucky posted 45 kills, a .368 hitting percentage, six blocks and 10 aces against UA. Shelbi Goode posted team-highs with six kills and eight digs.

Looking Back at Last Week
Last week, Alabama posted a 1-2 record that including a straight sets win over Alabama A&M, before suffering back-to-back straight set losses on the road during SEC play. The Crimson Tide dominated the Bulldogs on Tuesday night, posting a 25-12, 25-12, 25-9 win at home. UA hit .420 in the match, while holding Alabama A&M to -.045 hitting percentage, the lowest total the Tide has held an opponent to this season. At No. 19 Tennessee on Friday, Alabama lost in three sets, but kept things close in the first two, losing the opening sets 23-25 and 22-25. Alabama hit .238 against the Lady Vols, but dropped to .500 for the season following the loss. UA fell under the .500 mark for the second time in 2011, following a 3-0 loss at Kentucky on Sunday.

Other Notables From Last Week
*Sophomore Shelbi Goode led the Tide for the week with 23 kills to average 2.56 kills per set. Goode, who hit .246 for the week, had nine kills against Tennessee and led UA with six kills in the match at Kentucky. Goode was one of three players with at-least 20 kills last week.
*Andrea McQuaid had 22 kills (2.44 kps) and a .300 hitting percentage. For the first time this season, McQuaid led Alabama in kills when she had 13 against Tennessee. McQuaid added 13 assists against the Lady Vols to notch her 11th double-double of the season. McQuaid finished the week with 36 assists and 14 digs.
*Cortney Warren added 20 kills in the three matches to average 2.22 kills per set.
*Leigh Moyer added 16 kills during the week and led the Crimson Tide with a .353 hitting percentage.
*Stephanie Riley paced the Tide with 50 assists to increase her career total to 1,686. Riley ranks seventh at Alabama in career assists.
*Kelsey Melito made her first appearance of the season against Alabama A&M, recording two service aces and two digs.

Next Week For The Tide
Next week, Alabama begins the second round of SEC play with road matches at LSU and Arkansas. The Tide travels to LSU on Friday, Oct. 21, for a 7 p.m. CT, match against the Tigers. LSU defeated Alabama 3-1 in Tuscaloosa on Sept. 18. The weekend comes to an end when the Tide takes on the Arkansas Razorbacks on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 1:30 p.m. CT. Arkansas posted a 3-1 win over the Tide on Sept. 16 to open the SEC season for both teams.