Nov. 3, 2011
Match Notes: Florida and SC
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama Crimson Tide will continue Southeastern Conference play with road matches at Florida and South Carolina this week. Alabama (11-14, 4-10 SEC) will play in Gainesville on Friday, Nov. 4, against the No. 17 ranked Florida Gators (17-5, 10-3 SEC), 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.
Alabama (11-14, 4-10 SEC) at No. 17 Florida (17-5, 10-3 SEC)
November 4, 2011 | Gainesville, Fla. | O’Connell Center | 3 p.m. CT
TV: None |Audio: gatorzone.com | Live Stats: RollTide.com | Video: gatorvision.tv
Alabama (11-14, 4-10 SEC) at South Carolina (11-12, 2-11 SEC)
November 6, 2011 | Columbia, S.C. | Volleyball Competition Facility | 12 p.m. CT
TV: FSN Sports South |Audio: gamecocksonline.com | Live Stats: RollTide.com | Video: None
FOLLOW THE TIDE ONLINE
For this week’s road volleyball matches, fans can follow the action live on the internet through RollTide.com or the host school’s website. For the Florida match, livestats will be available through RollTide.com, while the webcast will be available through GatorZone.com. For the South Carolina match, livestats will be available through RollTide.com, but due to the live television broadcast by FSN Sports South, there will not be an online live webcast available for this match.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Cristina Arenas averaged 18.0 digs per match, recording 21 digs against Georgia and 15 against Auburn. Arenas averaged 7.0 digs per set against Georgia, as the Tide averaged 26.0 digs per set as a team. She had a career-high tying four aces in the match against Auburn, tying her season-high for an Alabama player this season. Arenas has reached double-digits in digs in 17 matches this season, including 10 during SEC play. She leads the team with 311 total digs to average 3.46 per set.
Andrea McQuaid notched her third triple-double of the season with 10 kills, 21 assists and 12 digs in the five-set match versus Auburn. McQuaid also had a double-double with 15 assists and 13 digs against Georgia. She now has 14 matches this season with double-digits in two categories, the second most in the SEC this year. McQuaid tied for the team-high with seven total blocks, including three solo stuffs in the two matches. She had a career-high four total blocks against Auburn and tied her career-high with two solos.
SCOUTING THE FLORIDA GATORS
Florida enters this week 17-5 overall and 10-3 in the SEC, after dropping back-to-back matches to No. 20 Tennessee (3-1) and No. 24 Kentucky (3-2) last week. Florida, ranked No. 17 in the AVCA Coaches Poll, had won eight straight matches before the SEC losses last week. Florida leads the SEC with a .303 hitting percentage, a .166 opponent hitting percentage and 1.65 aces per set, and is second in blocks per set (2.46) and fourth with 12.51 kills per set.
Kristy Jaeckel leads the team with 3.52 kills per set to rank sixth in the SEC, while her .299 hitting percentage is fourth on the squad. Kelly Murphy is hitting .317 for the season and averages 2.38 kills per set, while adding 5.94 assists and 2.13 digs per set. Murphy leads the SEC with five triple-doubles in 2011. Stephanie Ferrell and Tangerine Wiggs add 2.37 and 2.33 kills per set, respectively. Betsy Smith leads the team with a .408 hitting percentage and 1.04 blocks per set and Taylor Unroe’s 3.56 digs per set is eighth in the SEC.
When UA and Florida meet on Friday it will mark the 41st meeting all-time. Florida has won the last 35 matches dating back to the 1989 season, and leads the series 35-5 overall. Florida has won the last six matches in straight sets, including a 3-0 win over the Tide earlier this season.
SCOUTING THE SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS
The South Carolina Gamecocks enter this week with an 11-12 overall record, and are 2-11 is SEC competition. After opening SEC play with nine straight losses, South Carolina is 2-3 in its last five conference matches. SC is coming off road losses to No. 24 Kentucky (3-0) and No. 20 Tennessee (3-0) last week. SC leads the SEC in digs with 16.91 per set this season, are fourth in the SEC in assists per set (12.57), and fifth in kills per set (13.42) and hitting percentage (.233).
Juliette Thevenin comes into this week averaging 3.75 kills per set to rank fourth in the SEC. Thevenin is second on the team with a 3.49 digs per set average to rank sixth in the conference. Frankie Vain’s .320 hitting percentage is fifth in the SEC and Paige Wheeler is third in the conference with a team-best 4.34 digs per set.
When Alabama and South Carolina meet on Sunday it will mark the 39th meeting all-time between the two schools. UA leads the series 22-16 following a 3-0 win in Tuscaloosa on Oct. 14. UA has won four of the last five meetings overall. Alabama is 5-10 all-time in matches played in Columbia, S.C. In the most recent match at South Carolina, the Gamecocks posted a 3-1 win over the Tide on Nov. 12, 2010.
LOOKING BACK AT LAST WEEK
Alabama posted a 1-1 record following a win over Georgia and a loss to Auburn. UA outhit its opponents .213 to .181, while recording 17.0 total blocks in the two matches to average 2.12 blocks per set. With the 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-22) win over Georgia, the Crimson Tide swept the season series over the Bulldogs for the first time since 2006. The win also marked the fourth SEC victory for the Tide this season, topping last season’s conference win total of three. Alabama tallied a three-set season-high 78 digs against Georgia. UA lost in five sets (25-22, 23-25, 18-25, 25-18, 14-16) to Auburn, as the Tigers swept the season series. The five set match versus Auburn marked the fifth five-set match for Alabama this season. UA is 2-3 in five-set matches this season.
OTHER NOTABLES FROM LAST WEEK
Cristina Arenas averaged 18.0 digs per match, recording 21 digs against Georgia and 15 against Auburn. Arenas had a career-high tying four aces in the match against Auburn, tying her season-high for an Alabama player. Arenas has reached double-digits in digs in 17 matches this season, including 10 during SEC play, and leads the team with 311 total digs to average 3.46 per set, which is 11th in the conference.
Kayla Fitterer led the Tide in kills with 24 and averaged 3.00 kills per set. Fitterer was second on the team with 32 digs in the two matches, averaging 4.00 digs per set. She had a double-double in each match, bringing her season total to 13 and career total to 24. She had 10 kills and 15 digs in the win over Georgia and 14 kills and a team-high 17 digs against Auburn.
Andrea McQuaid notched her third triple-double of the season with 10 kills, 21 assists and 12 digs in the five-set match versus Auburn. McQuaid also had a double-double with 15 assists and 13 digs against Georgia. She now has 14 matches this season with double-digits in two categories. McQuaid tied for the team-high with seven total blocks, including three solo stuffs in the two matches. She had a career-high four total blocks against Auburn and tied her career-high with two solos.
With 42 assists last week, Stephanie Riley has 1,791 for her career to rank sixth all-time at Alabama in career assists.
Shelbi Goode was second on the team in kills with 23 (2.88 kps), while hitting .409 for the weekend. Goode had a career-high 14 kills against Auburn and tied her career-high with 27 attempts, hitting .370 against the Tigers. Against Georgia, she hit .417, posting nine kills on 17 attempts with one error. She also led the Tide with four total blocks in the win over UGA.
Kelsey Anderson had 26 digs in the two matches to average 3.25 digs per set. She had 18 digs against Georgia and eight against Auburn to become the eighth player in school history to reach the 1,000-dig plateau. Anderson now ranks seventh in school history with 1,007 digs, passing Sue Faris (1,005) following her eight digs against Auburn.
MCQUAID FIRST ALABAMA PLAYER WITH MULTIPLE TRIPLE-DOUBLES
Andrea McQuaid recorded the first Alabama triple-double since Oct. 1, 1999, when she had 13 kills, 29 assists and 17 digs against SMU on Sept. 3. McQuaid became the first player in school history with multiple triple-doubles when she had 13 kills, 23 assists and 21 digs against Penn on Sept. 10. She added her third triple-double of the season with 10 kills, 21 assists and 13 digs against Auburn on Oct. 30. Since the program restarted in 1989, McQuaid’s triple-double at SMU marked the fourth in the last 23 years and she is the only UA player to have a triple-double with kills, assists and digs. Shelly Adamcik (1999), Nina Foster (1994) and Jennifer Miller (1992) had triple-doubles in kills, digs and total blocks.
NEXT WEEK FOR THE TIDE
Next week, Alabama returns to Foster Auditorium for its final two home matches of the 2011 season, when the Tide hosts a pair of ranked opponents in Kentucky and Tennessee. UA opens the week with a Nov. 11, match against the No. 19 ranked Kentucky Wildcats with first serve scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, will be senior day for the volleyball team when it takes on the No. 16 ranked Tennessee Lady Vols at 1 p.m. Alabama will recognize senior setter Stephanie Riley in a pregame ceremony.