Nov. 12, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – For the second time this season, Alabama outside hitter, Laura Steiner (Fort Collins, Colo.), was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Monday. Steiner helped the Crimson Tide post an upset victory over Kentucky on Friday night, when she recorded a career-high 20 kills against the Wildcats.
In the four-set victory, Steiner got the Tide off to a good start against Kentucky, posting seven of her 20 kills in the first set, as Alabama took a 1-0 lead in the match with a 25-23 victory in set one. Steiner then had four kills in both the second and third sets, before collecting another five kills, including the final kill of the match to set a new career-high. She also added three digs and two assisted blocks and finished the match with 21 points.
For the season, Steiner is 12th in the SEC with 3.12 kills per set, with a .206 hitting percentage in her first collegiate season. During conference matches only, she averages 3.16 kills per set.
With Steiner’s second SEC Freshman of the Week award, Alabama has earned the league’s freshman award three times this season. Setter Sierra Wilson was named the freshman of the week on Sept. 17, before Steiner earned her first selection on Oct. 15.
Florida outside hitter Zeva Recek was named the SEC Player of the Week and Ellen Mullins of Tennessee and Allison Summers of Georgia were named SEC Co-Defenders of the Week.
Alabama returns to SEC action on Friday, Nov. 16, when it hosts South Carolina. First serve between the Tide and Gamecocks is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT, at Foster Auditorium. UA wraps up its home schedule on Sunday, Nov. 16, against Auburn, when the teams square off at 1 p.m. CT, at Foster.
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