Nov. 10, 2011
Alabama Match Notes: UK and UT
Kentucky Match Notes
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama Crimson Tide (11-16, 4-12 SEC) continues Southeastern Conference play when it returns to Foster Auditorium for its final two home matches of the 2011 season. The Tide hosts a pair of ranked opponents in No. 19 Kentucky (22-4, 13-2 SEC) and No. 15 Tennessee (22-3, 14-1 SEC) this week. UA opens the week with a Nov. 11, match against the No. 19 ranked 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. 15 ranked Lady Vols at 1 p.m. Alabama will recognize senior setter Stephanie Riley in a pregame ceremony.
Alabama (11-16, 4-12 SEC) vs. No. 19 Kentucky (22-4, 13-2 SEC)
November 11, 2011 | Tuscaloosa, Ala. | Foster Auditorium| 7 p.m. CT
TV: None |Audio: WVUA 90.7 FM | Live Stats: RollTide.com | Video: RollTide.com
Alabama (11-16, 4-12 SEC) vs. No. 15 Tennessee (22-3, 14-1 SEC)
November 13, 2011 | Tuscaloosa, Ala. | Foster Auditorium | 1:30 p.m. CT
TV: WVUA |Audio: WVUA 90.7 FM | Live Stats: RollTide.com | Video: RollTide.com
FOLLOW THE TIDE ONLINE
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 live stats will be available on RollTide.com. Additionally, Sunday’s match against No. 15 Tennessee will be televised live on WVUA.
CRIMSON TIDE PROMOTIONS
Friday match against Kentucky will be the 11 for $11K promotion. Eleven fans will compete in a serving competition between sets, for $11,000. The honorary first serve will be Ricky Doverspike of the men’s tennis team. On Sunday, we will be honoring senior Stephanie Riley pre-game and there will be an autograph session with the team following the match.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Stephanie Riley played all six rotations last weekend and totaled 56 of the Tide’s 60 assists. Riley averaged 9.33 assists per set, with 26 assists against Florida and a season-high 30 assists against South Carolina. The senior now has 1,847 assists in her career to rank sixth all-time at Alabama. Riley had a season-high and career-high tying two kills, on a season-best four attempts, against the Gamecocks. She also added her first career solo block at South Carolina.
SCOUTING THE KENTUCKY WILDCATS
Kentucky enters this week with a 22-4 record, while posting a 13-2 mark against SEC foes. The Wildcats are one game behind first place Tennessee in the conference standings. Kentucky has won 12 of its last 13 matches and 20 of its last 22, following a 2-2 start to the season. In the SEC, Kentucky leads the conference in blocks (2.57 bps), is second in kills (14.18 kps) and assists (13.06 aps), and third in service aces (1.36 saps).
Ashley Frazier leads the team with 3.12 kills per set, while average 3.28 per set during SEC play. Frazier is one of six players on the roster that averages more than two kills per set. Becky Pavan is second on the team with a 2.51 kills per set average. Christine Hartmann distributes 11.04 assists per set and leads the team with a .329 hitting percentage. Stephanie Klefot’s team-high 4.78 digs per set leads the SEC.
When Alabama and Kentucky meet on Friday it will mark the 37th meeting all-time in the series. Kentucky leads the series 23-13, following a 3-0 win over the Tide on Oct. 9. UA snapped a five-match losing streak to the Wildcats with a 3-2 win in Tuscaloosa last season. Alabama is 7-11 against Kentucky when playing in Tuscaloosa.
SCOUTING THE TENNESSEE LADY VOLS
The Tennessee Lady Vols (22-3, 14-1 SEC) enter this week in first place in the SEC standings and ranked 15th in the AVCA Coaches Poll. The Lady Vols have won seven straight matches following a 3-2 loss at Kentucky on Oct. 12. UT will play at Mississippi on Friday night before traveling to Tuscaloosa on Sunday. Tennessee leads the SEC with 14.29 kills and 13.12 assists per set, while ranking second in the conference with a .265 hitting percentage.
Kelsey Robinson has been the go to player for Tennessee, as she leads the SEC with 4.43 kills per set. Robinson averages a SEC-best 5.11 points per set and leads the conference with 37 aces. Freshman setter Mary Pollmiller averages 11.73 assists per set, second in the SEC. Ellen Mullins is fifth in the SEC with 3.86 digs per set and Leslie Cikra is sixth in the conference with a .310 hitting percentage.
When Alabama and Tennessee meet on Sunday it will mark the 42nd meeting all-time between the two schools. Following a 3-0 win on Oct. 7, Tennessee has won the last seven meetings and holds a 30-11 advantage in the series. Alabama is 6-11 when playing the Lady Vols in Tuscaloosa. UA last defeated UT at home on Sept. 14, 2007.
LOOKING BACK AT LAST WEEK
Alabama dropped to 11-16 overall and 4-12 in Southeastern Conference play, following back-to-back three-set road losses to No. 17 Florida and South Carolina. The Crimson Tide lost at No. 17 Florida, 3-0, as the Gators swept the season series over the Tide. UA closed the week with a 14-25, 26-28, 22-25 loss at South Carolina to finish the year with a 1-1 record against the Gamecocks. Alabama averaged 10.83 kills per set, while hitting .124 in the two matches
OTHER NOTABLES FROM LAST WEEK
Kayla Fitterer finished the weekend with 21 kills and 17 digs to average 3.50 kills and 2.83 digs per set. Fitterer notched her 13th double-double of the season, 25th of her career, when she had 12 kills and 11 digs against South Carolina. Fitterer leads the team with 355 kills (4.08 kps), to rank third in the SEC and 28th in the country. Her 395.5 points and 4.55 points per set are also third in the conference.
Andrea McQuaid had a double-double with 11 kills and 15 digs against South Carolina on Sunday, bringing her team-leading total to 15 for the season. McQuaid ranks second in the SEC in double-doubles. She was second on the team with 19 kills in the two matches, averaging 3.17 kills per set with a .192 hitting percentage. She also had a team-best 3.50 digs per set for the weekend.
Stephanie Riley played all six rotations on the weekend and totaled 56 of the Tide’s 60 assists. Riley averaged 9.33 assists per set, with 26 assists against Florida and a season-high 30 assists against South Carolina. The senior now has 1,847 assists in her career to rank sixth all-time at Alabama. Riley had a season-high and career-high tying two kills, on a season-best four attempts, against the Gamecocks. She also added her first career solo block in the South Carolina match.
Kelsey Melito started both matches in the back row for Alabama, making her first career start in a Crimson Tide uniform at Florida.
Katherine White led the Tide with six total blocks on the weekend, including three solos.
NEXT WEEK FOR THE TIDE
Next week, the Crimson Tide will have six days off before traveling to Starkville, Miss., for a Sunday afternoon match against the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The match on Nov. 20, is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m., from the Newell-Grissom Building. Mississippi State won the first meeting of the season, 3-0, when the teams played in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Sept. 30. Alabama leads the all-time series 40-16.