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Alabama Volleyball Falls in Three Sets to Tennessee...

on Saturday, October 29, 2016

Crimson Tide Volleyball:

Alabama volleyball fell to Tennessee in three sets to open its weekend at Foster Auditorium. The Volunteers swept the Tide by set scores of 15-25, 22-25 and 23-25.

Alabama (15-8, 4-6 SEC) was limited to a .100 team hitting percentage by Tennessee (14-8, 4-5 SEC) while being out-blocked 13.5-3.0 at the net. Krystal Rivers ended the match with 15 kills, putting her 115 away from Alabama's career record. Hayley McSparin was close behind with 12 kills, hitting .450 with just three errors on 20 swings.

Tennessee held the early advantage in the first set, using a 5-2 run to extend its lead to 13-7 as Alabama was forced to take its first timeout. The Volunteers maintained its lead, eventually pulling ahead by seven at the Tide's second timeout, 16-9. Tennessee pulled ahead by double digits at 23-13 and held on to win by the same margin, 25-15.

The Volunteers held a slim advantage for most of the first half of set two until back-to-back kills by Krystal Rivers and Jennifer Casillas made it 14-13 with Alabama still in front at the media timeout, 15-14. The lead remained the same shortly after at Tennessee's first timeout with Alabama in front 16-15 but the Volunteers soon swung back ahead 21-19 as the Tide was forced to take its own timeout. 

Tennessee led 23-20 at Alabama's second timeout and reached set point on the next rally but the Tide held strong, scoring back-to-back points to draw within two, 24-22, at the Volunteers second timeout. The next point was initially called a Tennessee attack error but the Vols challenged the play and it was overturned to give them the 25-22 win and a 2-0 match lead.

Tied 5-5 in set three, Alabama scored three-straight points to pull ahead 8-5 and led by the same margin at the halfway point, 13-10, as Tennessee took a timeout. The Volunteers responded with four-straight points out of the break to push ahead 14-13 and led 18-16 as Alabama was forced to take a timeout. 

Playing front row, Quincey Gary stuffed an overpass to put the Tide up 21-20 as Tennessee took a timeout. A kill by McSparin put the Tide up 23-21 before back-to-back points by the Vols tied it up at 23-23 and Alabama took its second timeout. An Alabama attack error gave Tennessee match point and another error by the Tide ended it as the Vols won, 25-23, to complete the sweep.

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