Volleyball Gears Up for Georgia and Auburn

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Kayla Fitterer returned to the lineup last week and led the Tide with 26 kills in two road matches.
Kayla Fitterer returned to the lineup last week and led the Tide with 26 kills in two road matches.

Oct. 27, 2011

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama returns to Foster Auditorium for Southeastern Conference matches against Georgia and Auburn. The Crimson Tide (10-13, 3-9 SEC) opens the week on Friday, Oct. 28, with a 7 p.m. match against the Bulldogs (9-13, 5-7 SEC). The Tide defeated Georgia, 3-1, on Sept. 25, in Athens. UA finishes the week with a Sunday afternoon match against Auburn (9-13, 3-9 SEC), with first serve slated for 1:30 p.m. The Tigers defeated the Tide, 3-1, when the teams played on Sept. 23, in Auburn.

Alabama (10-13, 3-9 SEC) vs. Georgia (9-13, 5-7 SEC)
October 28, 2011 | Tuscaloosa, Ala. | Foster Auditorium | 7 p.m. CT
TV: WVUA |Audio: WVUA 90.7 FM | Live Stats: RollTide.com | Video: RollTide.com

Alabama (10-13, 3-9 SEC) at Auburn (9-13, 3-9 SEC)
October 30, 2011 | Tuscaloosa, Ala. | Foster Auditorium | 1:30 p.m. CT
TV: WVUA |Audio: WVUA 90.7 FM | Live Stats: RollTide.com | Video: RollTide.com

Both home Alabama volleyball matches will have television coverage by WVUA and both games will be broadcast live on WVUA 90.7 FM and online at WVUA-FM.ua.edu. There will be a live webcast and livestats will be available on RollTide.com.

Both matches are a part of the UA Beat Auburn, Beat Hunger campaign. Fans will receive free admission with the donation of a canned food item. Sunday’s match will be a Big Al’s Kids Club event. Members will receive free admission and are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. There will be a team autograph signing after the match on Sunday. Candy will be provided and kids will have the chance to “trick or treat” as the players sign autographs.

Kayla Fitterer returned to the Alabama lineup last week and posted 26 kills, two aces and nine digs in the matches against LSU and Arkansas. In her first game back from her injury, Fitterer tallied 17 kills, with a .441 hitting percentage, in the loss at LSU. Against Arkansas, the junior outside hitter led UA with nine kills, while adding two service aces to give her 11 points in the match. She averaged 4.33 kills and 1.50 digs per set last week.

Georgia enters the week with a 9-13 overall record and is 5-7 in Southeastern Conference play. The Bulldogs are coming off an 0-2 weekend after suffering losses to No. 24 Kentucky (3-1) and No. 20 Tennessee (3-1). Georgia is in fourth place in the SEC Eastern Division standings, and ranks third in blocks (2.35 bps), seventh in kills (12.99 kps), assists (12.10 aps) and aces (1.12 ps), eighth in hitting percentage (.213) and ninth in digs (13.30) in the conference.
Brittany Northcutt continues to lead the team with 3.12 kills per set, but is hitting just .160 for the season. Kathleen Luft adds 3.02 kills per set, while Tirah Le’au and Briana Bahr chip in with 2.69 and 2.38 kills per set, respectively. Setter Kathleen Gates leads the team with 875 assists, and is fourth in the SEC with 10.80 assists per set. Allison Summers leads the club with 303 digs to average 3.74 per set, good for sixth in the conference.

Friday will mark the 46th meeting between Alabama and Georgia in volleyball. Following a 3-1 victory for the Tide in Athens on Sept. 25, UA leads the all-time series 24-21. Prior to the win earlier this season, Georgia had won the last three meetings. In matches played in Tuscaloosa, the Crimson Tide is 9-10 against the Bulldogs.

Auburn enters the week with a 9-13 overall record and are 3-9 in SEC play following losses to No. 20 Tennessee (3-1) and No. 24 Kentucky (3-2) last week. Auburn has lost its last six matches and will play at Mississippi on Friday night before making the trip to Tuscaloosa. This season, the Tigers average 12.33 kills, 11.46 assists, 13.62 digs and 2.15 blocks per set.
Leading the offensive attack for the Tigers is Kelly Fidero, who averages 3.04 kills per set, while hitting .248 for the season. Sarah Bullock is second on the team with 2.68 kills per set, and leads the squad with 604 total attempts. Bullock also leads the team with 2.74 digs per set. Camila Jersonsky had team-highs with a .353 hitting percentage and 64 total blocks. She also adds 2.10 kills per set. Chelsea Wintzinger leads the team with 577 assists (7.40 aps) and Chloe Rowland has a team-high 1.03 blocks per set. 
When Alabama and Auburn meet on Sunday it will mark the 72nd meeting all-time. After falling to the Tigers 3-1 on Sept. 23, Alabama holds a 43-28 advantage in the series, but has lost four straight overall. Alabama is 21-11 all-time against Auburn in matches played in Tuscaloosa.

Alabama went 0-2 in road matches at LSU and Arkansas last week. UA opened the week with a 3-0 (15-25, 17-25, 18-25) loss at LSU, to drop both matches to the Tigers this season. Kayla Fitterer had a match-high 17 kills, while the Tide posted a .235 hitting percentage. LSU hit .468 on the evening. In the match at Arkansas, Alabama lost 3-0 (17-25, 19-25, 19-25), as the Razorbacks completed the season sweep of the Tide. Fitterer paced the Tide with nine kills, while Andrea McQuaid, Leigh Moyer and Cortney Warren had seven kills each. Arkansas posted 10 blocks while holding UA to a .121 hitting percentage. 

*Kayla Fitterer returned from an injury to lead the Crimson Tide in kills in both matches. Fitterer had 17 kills and a .441 hitting percentage, committing just two errors on 34 attempts against LSU. Fitterer had two of Alabama’s three service aces last week. Fitterer leads the team with 310 kills this season, averaging 4.25 kills per set to rank third in the SEC and 28th in the nation.
*Cristina Arenas led Alabama with 25 digs in the two matches, including a 15-dig effort against Arkansas. The 15 digs against the Razorbacks marked Arenas’ 16th double-digit dig match, while posting eight matches during SEC play with at least 10 digs. Arenas leads the team with 275 total digs to average 3.35 per set.
*Stephanie Riley added 33 assists, moving her career total to 1,749. With 16 assists against LSU on Friday, Riley moved past Nancy Woolsey for sixth all-time at Alabama in career assists.
*Leigh Moyer had 12 kills, one error and 27 attempts to post a .407 hitting percentage for the week. Moyer now has 132 kills (1.55 kps) for the season and leads the Crimson Tide with a .304 hitting percentage. Moyer added five total blocks last week, increasing her team leading total to 50 for the season.
*Andrea McQuaid had 12 kills in the two matches and added 32 assists, 11 digs and four blocks.
*Kelsey Anderson had 13 digs in the two matches, giving her 981 for her career. Anderson needs 19 more digs to become the seventh player in school history with 1,000 career digs.

Next week, the Crimson Tide will continue SEC play with road matches at Florida and South Carolina. Alabama will play in Gainesville on Friday, Nov. 4, against the No. 13 ranked Florida Gators, with first serve scheduled for 3 p.m. CT. The Gators defeated the Tide, 3-0, on Oct. 16. UA wraps up the week with a noon CT start against South Carolina on Sunday, Nov. 6. The match between the Tide and the Gamecocks will be televised on FSN Sports South. Alabama defeated South Carolina, 3-0, when the teams met on Oct. 14, in Tuscaloosa.