Volleyball Wraps Up 2011 Season at Mississippi on Friday

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Senior Stephanie Riley takes the court for the final time at Alabama on Friday.
Senior Stephanie Riley takes the court for the final time at Alabama on Friday.

Nov. 23, 2011

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Crimson Tide (11-19, 4-15 SEC) wraps up its 2011 season with a road match against the Mississippi Rebels (10-17, 6-13 SEC) on Friday, Nov. 25. The match between the Crimson Tide and Rebels is slated for a 7 p.m., first serve from the Gillom Sports Center. Alabama won the first match this season, 3-1, when the teams played in Tuscaloosa on Sept. 28. 

Alabama (11-19, 4-15 SEC) at Mississippi (10-17, 6-13 SEC)
November 25, 2011 | Oxford, Miss. | Gillom Sports Center | 7 p.m. CT
TV: None |Audio: None | Live Stats: RollTide.com | Video: olemisssports.com/allaccess

For this week’s road volleyball match, fans can follow the action live on the host school’s website. When the Tide takes on Mississippi, there will be live stats on RollTide.com and a webcast available on olemisssports.com/allaccess. Live stats are a free service while the video option on the Mississippi athletic website is part of the school’s subscription package.

Stephanie Riley will be playing her final match in an Alabama uniform when the Crimson Tide takes the floor on Friday at Mississippi. The setter from Louisville, Ky., is the lone senior on the team. Riley is coming off a 46-assist match at Mississippi State, which was a season-high for any player on the Tide roster this season. The 46 assists are the most for a UA player since Kayla Schmidt had 48 against South Carolina on Nov. 1, 2009. For Riley, the 46 assists were the most since she had 53 against Arkansas on Nov. 6, 2008. Riley enters her final match with 1,942 career assists to rank sixth all-time. She’s played in 105 matches and 374 sets in her career at Alabama.

Junior outside hitter Kayla Fitterer enters the final match of the 2011 season with 970 career kills in 80 matches played at the Capstone. Fitterer is 30 kills away from becoming the 13th player in school history to reach the 1,000-kill milestone. With 1,211 attempts this season, she passed Bridget Fuentez for 10th on the Alabama single-season attempts list. She needs 14 attempts to pass Erin Heffner’s 2003 total of 1,224 attempts for ninth place and 55 attempts to pass Heffner’s 2002 total of 1,265 attempts for eighth in a single season. Fitterer now has 2,993 career attempts to rank ninth in school history, and needs 37 attempts to pass Jennifer Bibber’s (2000-03) 3,029 attempts for eighth all-time.

Mississippi enters the final week of SEC play, and the regular season, with a 10-17 overall record, while posting a 6-13 mark in conference play. The Rebels won their only match last week with a 3-0 victory on the road over Mississippi State on Friday. The win over MSU snapped a three-match losing skid for the Rebels. Prior to the losing streak, Mississippi had won four straight matches against conference foes.
As a team, Mississippi averages 12.29 kills per set while posting a .204 team hitting percentage. Both are 10th in the SEC. The Rebels are seventh in the SEC with 2.15 blocks per set and sixth with a .221 opponent’s hitting percentage. Allegra Wells leads the team with 2.64 kills per set, while Kara Morgan adds 2.42 kills per set. Regina Thomas has the SEC’s second best hitting percentage at .378, and is third on the team with 2.17 kills per set. Amanda Philpot ranks eighth in the conference with 8.76 assists per set and Morgan Springer’s 3.86 digs per set ranks fourth in the SEC. 
When Alabama and Mississippi meet on Friday, it will mark the 59th meeting all-time. Following a 3-1 win in Tuscaloosa on Sept. 28, the Tide holds a 41-17 lead the series. Mississippi won both matches last season, including a 3-0 win in Oxford on Sept. 17, 2010. UA is 11-12 all-time when playing at Mississippi, but has dropped the last two and four of the last five overall at the Gillom Sports Center. 

Alabama lost on the road at Mississippi State in four sets (19-25, 25-23, 17-25, 24-26). The Crimson Tide finished the four-set match with 56 kills while hitting .206 as a team. Andrea McQuaid posted a career-high 22 kills and a .340 hitting percentage to lead the Tide, and Kayla Fitterer and Leigh Moyer added 12 and nine kills, respectively. Defensively, Alabama posted 67 digs and four blocks. Cristina Arenas led the way with 19 digs and Brianne Vande Griend had two solo blocks. Stephanie Riley had a double-double with 46 assists and 13 digs and Vande Griend set a career-high with 11 digs.

Kayla Fitterer finished the match at MSU with 12 kills and has recorded double-digits in kills in 22-of-26 matches she’s played this season. With her 22nd double-digit kill match this season, she now has had 10 or more kills in 50 matches in her career. She had five double-digit kill matches as a freshman and 23 during her sophomore campaign. Fitterer ranks third in the SEC with 386 kills (3.96 kps) this season, bringing her career total to 970. Her 429.5 points (4.43 pps) are also third in the conference.
Andrea McQuaid paced the Tide with a career-high 22 kills on Sunday, notching the first 20-kill performance of her career. Her previous career-high was 16 against South Carolina on Oct. 4, and it was her seventh career double-digit kill performance of the season. McQuaid posted a .340 hitting percentage in the match, committing six errors on a career-high 47 attempts. After producing 22 kills, eight digs and two assists against Mississippi State, she has 226 kills, 284 digs and 502 assists, to rank third in kills and second in digs and assists for the Tide this season. She averages 2.07 kills, 4.61 assists and 2.61 digs per set on the year.
Stephanie Riley recorded a season-high 46 assists, while adding 13 digs in the match versus Mississippi State for the 10th double-double of the season. Prior to this year, the senior setter had just two double-doubles in her career. The 46 assists were the most for Riley since posting 53 assists against Arkansas on Nov. 16, 2008. She has reached double figures in assists in 29-of-30 matches this season and in 80 of 105 matches in her career. The senior now has 1,942 career assists to rank sixth all-time at Alabama. Leigh Moyer added nine kills and four digs against MSU. The nine kills were her fourth most this season, while her four digs were one off her season-high. She is fourth on the team with 176 kills (1.61 kps) and leads the squad with a .285 hitting percentage and 60 total blocks.
Katherine White matched her career-high with six kills against the Bulldogs on Sunday. She had a career-high .625 hitting percentage in the match, posting just one hitting error on eight attempts against MSU. She also added two assisted blocks in the match to bring total blocks for the season to 53, which is second on the team. She leads the Tide with 0.62 blocks per set.
Cristina Arenas led Alabama with 19 digs in Sunday’s road match at Mississippi State, and has now led the Tide in digs in 15-of-30 matches this season. She has reached double-digits in digs in 20-of-30 matches this season, and leads the team with 365 digs to average 3.44 digs per set. Arenas also added an ace against the Bulldogs to bring her team-leading total to 28 (0.26 saps) for the year.

The field of 64 for the 2011 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament will be announced on Sunday, Nov. 27, live on ESPNU beginning at 6 p.m., Eastern. First round matches for the tournament are slated to begin on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1-2, at campus locations.