Oct. 20, 2011
March Notes: LSU and Arkansas
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama Crimson Tide (10-11, 3-7) 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.
Alabama (10-11, 3-7 SEC) at LSU (13-6, 6-3 SEC)
October 21, 2011 |Baton Rouge, La. | Pete Maravich Center | 7 p.m. CT
TV: None |Audio: LSUSports.net | Live Stats: RollTide.com | Video: LSUsports.net
Alabama (10-11, 3-7 SEC) at Arkansas (12-8, 4-5 SEC)
October 23, 2011 | Fayetteville, Ark. | Barnhill Arena | 1:30 p.m. CT
TV: None |Audio: arkansasrazorbacks.com | Live Stats: RollTide.com | Video: arkansasrazorbacks.com
FOLLOW THE TIDE ONLINE
For this week’s road volleyball matches, fans can follow the action live on the internet through the host school’s website. For the LSU match, livestats will be available through LSUsports.net, while the webcast will be available through GeauxZone Live on the Tigers website. For the Arkansas match, livestats will be available through ArkansasRazorbacks.com, while the webcast will be available through RazorVision on the Arkansas website.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Cortney Warren is coming off her best weekend in SEC play as a member of the Crimson Tide. Last week in matches against South Carolina and Florida, Warren collected a total of 24 kills while hitting an impressive .368 in the two matches. It was the first time this season the sophomore outside hitter had at least 10 kills in back-to-back SEC matches, occurring in the same weekend.
Andrea McQuaid continues to provide a punch for the Tide in all phases of the game. Against South Carolina, the setter/outside hitter recorded a career-high 16 kills, while hitting .471. For the season, McQuaid is second in the SEC with 12 double-doubles, which include a pair of triple-doubles, and averages 1.82 kills per set (2.03 per set in SEC play), a team-high 5.46 assists per set and 2.62 digs per set.
Scouting the LSU Tigers
LSU enters the week with a 13-6 record, and after posting two conference wins last week, the Tigers are 6-3 in Southeastern Conference play to lead the western division. The Tigers posted wins over Georgia (3-1) and Auburn (3-1) at home last week and have won three of their last four matches. Madie Jones paced LSU with 16 kills against Georgia and 17 kills against Auburn.
LSU enters this week ranked second in aces (1.52/s), fourth in kills (13.65 kps) and assists (12.61), and fifth in hitting percentage (.237) in the SEC. Preseason All-SEC selection Desiree Elliott leads the team and is sixth in the conference with 3.50 kills per set. Elliott also ranks sixth in in the conference in points (4.12 pps). Jones chips in with 3.43 kills per set while hitting .292 from the outside. Malorie Pardo is second in the SEC with 11.60 assists per set, while Meghan Mannari is second in the conference with 4.63 digs per set. Michelle Williams leads the team with 1.03 blocks per set, while averaging 2.95 kills per set.
Friday’s match will mark the 54th meeting all-time between Alabama and LSU. The Tigers lead the series 31-22. After posting a 3-1 victory over UA in Tuscaloosa on Sept. 18, LSU has won the last 10 matches overall.
Scouting The Arkansas Razorbacks
Arkansas comes into this week following a 3-2 loss to Georgia at home, dropping to 12-8 overall and 4-5 in SEC play. The Razorbacks, who host Mississippi on Friday, are in third place in the SEC Western Division. Prior to the loss to Georgia, Arkansas posted wins over South Carolina (3-0) and Auburn (3-1). As a team, the Razorbacks average 12.88 kills, 11.88 assists, 1.37 aces and 13.51 digs per set, and are hitting .227 this season.
Against Georgia, Jasmine Norton posted 22 kills while Kelli Stipanovich added 20 kills in the five-set match. Stipanovich leads the squad with 3.44 kills per set, while Norton adds 3.12 kps for the season. Norton had a team-high 17 kills in the win over Auburn. Raymariely Santos leads the team with 710 assists (9.73 aps) and Christa Alvarez leads the team with 240 digs (3.29 dps).
When Alabama and Arkansas take the floor on Friday, it will mark match number 38 of the all-time series. Following a 3-1 win in Tuscaloosa on Sept. 16, Arkansas has won the last five meetings to hold a 30-7 advantage in the series. The Razorbacks won both matches by 3-1 results in 2010 and 3-2 results in 2009. UA last defeated Arkansas, 3-1, in Tuscaloosa on Nov. 16, 2008.
LOOKING BACK AT LAST WEEK
Alabama posted a 1-1 record last week, opening with a 3-0 win over South Carolina, before losing to No. 13 Florida, 3-0, on Sunday. The Crimson Tide defeated the Gamecocks 25-22, 25-17, 25-23. The win over South Carolina on Friday marked the Tide’s third Southeastern Conference win of the season, matching last season’s conference win total. With the loss to No. 13 Florida, UA is 0-3 against ranked opponents this season.
OTHER NOTABLES FROM LAST WEEK
*Cortney Warren led the Tide with 24 kills on the weekend, averaging 4.00 kills per set, while hitting .386 in the two matches. Warren had 14 kills in the win over South Carolina and was the only player to reach double-digits in kills against Florida with 10. Warren had just three hitting errors on a team-high 57 attempts.
*Andrea McQuaid added 19 kills (3.17 per set) while hitting .333 in the two matches. McQuaid had a career-high 16 kills with a .471 hitting percentage against South Carolina.
*Filling in for an injured Kayla Fitterer, Shelbi Goode led the Tide with 27 digs (4.50 dps), while adding 11 kills in the two matches. Goode posted a career-high 17 digs against the Gamecocks. Goode has led the Tide in digs the past three matches.
*Cristina Arenas added 22 digs in the two matches, bringing her team-leading total to 251 for the season.
*Kayla Fitterer has been sidelined the last four matches with an abdominal muscle strain.
*Stephanie Riley added 30 assists in the two matches to average 5.00 per set. Riley has 1,716 assists for her career and needs 13 assists to pass Nancy Woolsey (1,728) to move into sixth all-time in career assists at Alabama.
*Leigh Moyer added five total blocks in the two matches to bring her team-leading total to 45 for the season. Moyer had four total aces on the weekend, including a career-high three aces against South Carolina.
*Kelsey Anderson added nine digs on the weekend to bring her career total to 959. Anderson ranks eighth all-time in digs at Alabama and needs 38 more to pass Sue Faris (1,005) for seventh place.
NEXT WEEK FOR THE TIDE
Next week, the Crimson Tide returns to Foster Auditorium for SEC matches against Georgia and Auburn. Alabama opens the week on Friday, Oct. 28, with a 7 p.m. match against the Bulldogs. The Tide defeated Georgia, 3-1, earlier this season on Sept. 25, in Athens. UA finishes the week with a Sunday afternoon match against Auburn, with first serve slated for 1:30 p.m. The Tigers defeated the Tide, 3-1, when the team played on Sept. 23, in Auburn.