Nov. 13, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The volleyball team (13-11, 6-9 SEC) hosts Ole Miss (11-13, 7-8 SEC) and Arkansas (6-19, 3-12 SEC) in the CAVE this weekend for two of its final three home matchups of the season. The Crimson Tide takes on the Rebels Friday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. (CST) and will face the Razorbacks Sunday, Nov. 16 at 1:30 p.m. (CST).
This weekend will also serve as the volleyball team's Family Weekend where it welcomes all Tide family members back for an exciting couple of matches in the CAVE. In addition, Friday's match will be the backend of a women's doubleheader featuring the basketball and volleyball teams. Fans holding a ticket to the women's basketball game against Centenary will be let in free.
Head Coach Judy Green is looking forward to seeing her squad continue to improve throughout these late season matchups.
"We're looking to build on what we discovered over last weekend," said Green. "We have to be more efficient in our transition play. I get the sense that our spirits are high and we have a lot of eagerness to play well. We really want to do some great things during this final stretch."
Alabama defeated Ole Miss 3-1 (26-24, 20-25, 25-16, 25-17) in a showdown earlier in the season. The Tide is 39-15 all-time against the Rebels, winning 16 of the last 19 contests. The Rebels are currently second in the West behind LSU with a 7-8 record in the Southeastern Conference. Ole Miss is led offensively by Katie Norris who is averaging 2.80 kills per set and Rachel Kieckhaefer who averages 9.12 assists per frame. On defense, the Rebels are led by Allison Weber with 3.86 digs per set and Miranda Kitts who has totaled 16 solo blocks for the year. Most recently Ole Miss topped then-No. 19 Kentucky 3-2 and was defeated by Tennessee 3-0.
The Razorbacks come into the weekend matchup in fourth place in the West with a 3-12 conference record. The Tide won the earlier season contest 3-1(25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 25-14) in Fayetteville. Alabama trails 6-25 in the all-time series but has dominated as of late, winning four of the last five matches, dating back to 2006. Christina Lawrence anchors the Razorback offense with 214 kills on the year, averaging 3.06 per set. Defensively, Arkansas is led by Phoebe Bautista with 3.42 digs per frame and Yun Tang with 1.07 blocks per set. The Razorbacks are coming off a pair of 3-0 losses to Tennessee and Kentucky.
Regular admission to volleyball is $3 for adults and free for Alabama students and children, however those who present a ticket to Saturday's football game against Mississippi State will be let in free. In addition, fans who bring a canned good for Beat Auburn/Beat Hunger will receive $1 off admission. For those unable to attend, catch the Tide tussle with Ole Miss live on WVUA-TV. Both contests will be broadcast live on the radio at WVUA-FM 90.7 in Tuscaloosa. In addition, live stats will be available on www.rolltide.com.