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    SEC Volleyball Today: Friday, November 1

    Friday Volleyball RESULTS
    Auburn 3, Tennessee 0
    Missouri 3, Ole Miss 0
    Alabama 3, Mississippi State 1
    Florida 3, LSU 1
    Kentucky 3, Arkansas 1

     

    Defense Leads Auburn Volleyball Past Tennessee, 3-0

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Auburn's volleyball team won for the first time in Thompson-Boling Arena and just the third time ever in Knoxville, defeating Tennessee 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-14) on Friday night.

    The Tigers (14-8, 5-5 SEC) won for the fifth time in their last six matches, playing stingy defense and not allowing the Lady Vols (9-15, 1-9 SEC) to get in any offensive rhythm.

    "I'm really happy to come out with a win," Auburn head coach Rick Nold said. "I thought as the game went along, we got better and better defensively. I thought (Sarah Wroblicky) did a great job of giving us a lot of second-chance opportunities. There are a number of areas where I thought we could get a little better, a little sharper, and we'll have to do that to get ready for Sunday. But we're happy with the win."

    Wroblicky finished with 21 digs, a season-high in a three-set match this year, and had 17 through the first two sets. She also helped set up the offense with seven assists on the night.

    Auburn also totaled eight blocks on the night with Katherine Culwell leading the way with a pair of solo stuffs and two assists. Camila Jersonsky and Stephanie Campbell were each in on three blocks, and Emily Klitzke had a hand in two.

    The Tigers spread their offense around as four players had at least seven kills. Kathia Rud led the way with 10 kills and nine digs, barely missing her seventh double-double of the year. Klitzke and Jersonsky had eight kills apiece - Klitzke hitting a team-high .467 and Jersonsky at .300 - and Culwell added seven.

    "Over the last five matches, we've done much better job of involving everybody in the offense," Nold said. "And when we do that, even if it's from out of system, that's when we're most effective. Early on, we didn't pass very well, but we still found some opportunities for people. As the match went along, I thought we got more and more in control of what we wanted to do."

    Chelsea Wintzinger led the Tiger setters with 17 assists and also matched a career-high with three service aces. Alyssa Ivey contributed 12 assists as well.

    Tennessee was led by Ashley Mariani, who had eight kills and hit .438 on the night. Jamie Lea had seven kills, and Whitney Heeres had six.

    Auburn controlled every statistical category on the night, putting down 42 kills to UT's 30, hitting .220 while holding the Lady Vols to .073 - and below .100 in all three sets - and out-digging UT 52-48.

    The Tigers will be back home at Auburn Arena on Sunday to host Mississippi State. Sunday's match vs. the Bulldogs will begin at 3 p.m. and be televised by CSS and ESPN3.com. Admission for all home Auburn volleyball matches is free.






    No. 7 Mizzou Rolls Over Ole Miss, 3-0

    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Senior All-American Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) became Mizzou volleyball’s school record holder in career kills with 1,661 as the No. 7 Tigers improved to 26-0 and 10-0 in SEC play after defeating Ole Miss, 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-18), on Friday night at the Hearnes Center. Henning posted a match-high 13 kills on .357 hitting to pass Shen Danru who had 1,658 kills from 2002-05. The 26 wins for Mizzou are the most for Wayne and Susan Kreklow since they took over at Mizzou in 2000, matching the 2002 team that finished 26-8.

    “Obviously all of that stuff, the records, all the individual things, are great but we don’t think a lot about it right now,” head coach Wayne Kreklow said. “Ole Miss played really well tonight and they have a lot of athletic kids, so this is another good win for us. We weren’t quite as sharp tonight as we have been, but in the end we still hit close to .400 and beat a very good team. We need to get back into the gym tomorrow and prepare for a great Kentucky team on Sunday.”

    “It’s awesome to break the record, but usually when you achieve individual success like that, it means you have been on some pretty good teams and I have been fortunate to have great teammates,” Henning said about breaking the record. “In my mind, this award is as much (senior setter Molly Kreklow’s) as it is mine. She has been such a great teammate and I owe so much of this to her.”

    Although Henning did most of the damage against Ole Miss on Friday, Carly Kan (Honolulu, Hawaii) had a quietly impressive match as she continues to make a push for SEC Freshman of the Year honors. The 5-9 outside hitter posted her fifth double-double of the season and her fourth in five matches with 11 kills on .529 hitting with a match-high 13 digs. She tallied her 11 kills on just 17 swings. Senior setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) was sensational as usual, guiding the team to .389 hitting with 45 kills as she assisted on 41 of the 45 kills in the win.

    Junior All-SEC middle blocker Whitney Little (Keller, Texas) had a great all-around match as well, posting nine kills on .500 hitting with a match-high six blocks (three solo, three assists). She joined Kan and Henning as one of three Tigers to post double-digit point totals on Friday. Emily Wilson (Omaha, Neb.) added five kills on 18 swings and freshman Emily Thater (Springfield, Mo.) pitched in four. As a team, Mizzou had just 10 errors in the match as it continues to lead the nation with just 3.42 attack errors per set.

    Mizzou came out firing in the first set, hitting .571 with 18 kills as Ole Miss had no answer for the high-powered Mizzou offense. Kreklow assisted on 17 of the 18 kills as the only kill on which she did not tally an assist was her own. She set the Tigers to a 25-21 set win behind five kills from Henning and four from Little. Kan and Thater each pitched in three kills as well in the first set.

    The Tigers came out slowly in the second set after blitzing Ole Miss in the first as the Rebels jumped out to a 4-1 lead. But Mizzou rallied to hit .286 with 13 kills, but it was the Tiger block that turned the set around as Little came up with some huge ones in the 25-18 set win for the Tigers. Mizzou had four blocks in the set, including two solo stuffs from Little.

    Following the break, Mizzou’s offense was again very good, posting 14 kills on .324 hitting as they ran away with the frame, 25-18. The win came in front of 3,929 fans on Friday, the fourth consecutive match that Mizzou has had more than 3,000 fans in attendance.

    The Tigers will be back in action Sunday in a top-20 showdown against No. 19 Kentucky at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MizzouVB.
     




    Alabama Volleyball Returns to Foster with a 3-1 win over Mississippi State

    Tuscaloosa, Ala. – The Alabama volleyball team returned to Foster Auditorium on Friday night to post a 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-21) Southeastern Conference victory over Mississippi State. Krystal Rivers paced the Crimson Tide with 19 kills and a .562 hitting percentage against the Bulldogs.

    Rivers, the current SEC Co-Freshman of the Week, was one of three Tide (18-6, 6-4 SEC) players to reach double figures in kills. She led Alabama with five total blocks, including two solos and three assisted. Laura Steiner came off the bench to post 11 kills and Brittany Thomas finished the night with 10 kills and nine digs.

    Andrea McQuaid notched her third straight match with a better than .350 hitting percentage, as she finished the night with six kills and a .429 hitting mark. Sophomore setter Sierra Wilson dished out 50 assists in the four sets to average 12.50 assists per set. Wilson, who now has 2,292 assists in her career, also had five digs and two assisted blocks.

    Defensively, Alabama finished the night with 10 blocks to limit the Bulldogs (11-12, 2-7 SEC) to a .207 hitting efficiency. Although the Tide was out-dug 55-52, Bama got 15 digs from Kryssi Dainels, 10 from Caitlin Bernardin, nine from Thomas and eight from Bria Green.

    For the Bulldogs, Kimmy Gardiner, who shared last week’s SEC Co-Freshman of the Week honors with Rivers, had a match-high 23 kills while hitting .429 against the Tide. Gardiner also added nine digs, four assisted blocks and three assists in the match. Taylor Scott finished the night with 15 kills and Roxanne McVey posted a match-high 21 digs.  

    Alabama dropped the first set 23-25 after hitting .257 while the Bulldogs hit .333 in the opening stanza. The Tide took its first lead of the set at 13-12 following a kill by Rivers. After UA led 14-13, MSU went on a 7-3 run to open a 20-17 lead. The Tide answered with a 3-1 run to get within a point (21-20), but could never even the score, before falling by two.

    The Tide answered by winning the second set 25-19 after holding the Bulldogs to a .136 hitting mark. Bama jumped out to a 7-3 lead, before extending the advantage six at 14-8 following the ninth kill of the night by Rivers. MSU closed the deficit to three at 20-17, before the Tide closed the set with a 5-2 run to even the score at one set a piece.

    Alabama got off to a slow start in the third and trailed the Bulldogs 9-6 following a kill by MSU’s Scott. After the Scott kills, the Tide went on an 8-1 run to take a 14-10 advantage, before eventually taking a 2-1 lead in the match following the 25-16 victory in the third. Steiner, who came off the bench in the first set to replace Mattie Weldy on the left side, posted five of her 11 kills in the third set.

    Alabama trailed 9-6 in the fourth set, before posting another rally to even the score at 11-11 following a kill by McQuaid. With the score 14-13 in favor of the Bulldogs, the Tide went on a 3-0 burst to hold a 16-14 lead. After an attacking error by Wilson made the score 19-18 in favor of the Tide, UA closed the set with a 6-3 run for a 25-21 victory.

    Alabama returns to action on Tuesday night with a non-conference match against the UAB Blazers. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. from the Bartow Arena.

    Get all the latest information on the team by following AlabamaVBall on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.
     




    No. 5 Gator Volleyball Holds Off Tigers for 10th SEC Win of 2013

    BATON ROUGE, La. - The No. 5 Florida volleyball team had one of its most balanced matches of the year, defeating LSU in four sets (25-19, 25-20, 23-25, 25-16) Friday evening at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge.

    Sophomore outside hitter Živa Recek led all players with 16.5 points on the evening, tallying 13 kills and 15 digs for her 16th career double-double and the seventh of 2013. Senior CLASS Award finalist Chloe Mann registered a match-high .522 hitting percentage with 14 kills on 23 swings. Junior libero Taylor Unroe matched her season high with 21 digs, while sophomore defensive specialist Nikki O'Rourke scooped a career-high 19 digs Friday evening.

     *         Four Gators in Chloe Mann (14), Živa Recek (13), Simone Antwi (13) and Alex Holston (12) all notched double-digit kills for Florida Friday against LSU, the seventh time this season three or more players have done so.

     *         Four members of the Orange and Blue recorded double-figure digs, including Taylor Unroe (21), Nikki O'Rourke (19), Recek (15) and Holly Pole (14).

     *         Recek stuffed a career-high five blocks against the Tigers, including two block solos.

     *         Mann hit 1.000 in the opening set, registering six kills on six swings.

     *         Both O'Rourke and Unroe were perfect on serve receive Friday, combining for 38 flawless receptions.

     *         82 team digs is the most in a four-set match since Dec. 2, 2011 when the Gators took down Mizzou in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.






    No. 19 Wildcats Use Strong Defensive Attack to Down Arkansas, 3-1

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – On the strengths  15 blocks for the second consecutive match, and a balanced offensive attack, the No. 19 University of Kentucky volleyball team posted a 3-1 (25-21, 22-25, 25-16, 25-18)win at Arkansas.

    After a pair of close, back-and-forth sets to begin the match, the Wildcats (16-5, 8-2 Southeastern Conference) closed out the contest over the Razorbacks (13-10, 6-6 SEC) with two strong frames for a 3-1 win.

    “I thought our defense was exceptional, against a lot of very good arms,” UK head coach Craig Skinner said. “Morgan Bergren set one of her best matches of the year, she had really good distribution and credit for our high hitting percentage goes to our setter.”

    After it posted 15 blocks in a win Sunday over Alabama, UK tied its season high with another 15 in Fayetteville. The third set featured six blocks from the Wildcats, while the Blue and White had five in the second. Kentucky held Arkansas to five blocks.

    Offensively, Kentucky posted 59 kills, tied for the third-highest total this season and the most in a four-set contest. The Wildcats hit .388 and held the Razorbacks to 52 kills and a .197 hitting clip. UK servers notched four service aces, including one that was the winner in the first set. Kentucky had a 52-45 edge in digs and limited UA to two aces.

    The Wildcats were led by senior Whitney Billings’ 16 kills on a .407 hitting clip with nine digs and five blocks. She was followed closely behind by fellow senior Alexandra Morgan, who notched 14 kills with six blocks and two digs. Freshman Anni Thomasson contribute12 kills and seven digs.

    Sophomore Sara Schwarzwalder led the Wildcats with nine digs with three kills, while Bergren dished out 48 assists in addition to four kills and five digs. Junior Lauren O’Conner had four block assists in addition to nine kills and two digs for UK.

    Junior libero Jackie Napper had 20 digs with three assists in a strong defensive effort to lead Kentucky, and freshman Kelsey Wolf posted five scoops and one assists.

    Kentucky faces its next road test at No. 7 Missouri Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET. UK is 3-0 all-time against the Tigers, with a 3-0 win last season in Columbia, Mo. to mark the first meeting between the two teams as SEC foes.

    The Wildcats edged out a tight, 25-21 win in the first set. UK’s four-point win was the largest lead of the set for either team, after the frame began with seven ties and two lead changes. Both teams traded the first 10 points, and when Arkansas scored three straight to take a 7-5 lead, it marked the first time either team notched more than one consecutive tally. Kentucky clawed back to tie it at nine and took an 11-9 lead, an advantage it would not give up. The Wildcats’ 18-15 edge was the first time either squad held an advantage of over two points, a mark that was extended with UK’s 20-18 lead. The Razorbacks got within two at 23-21, but a UA attack error and a service ace from Napper secured the win.

    In the opening frame, UK was led by Thomasson’s five kills, while Billings contributed four. Kentucky had 18 kills and hit .405 in the set, compared to Arkansas’ 15 kills and .306 hitting clip. The Wildcats had two blocks, while the Razorbacks had one. Napper’s service ace was the lone ace in the set.

    The second set was another tight affair, and UK held the lead early before Arkansas scored four straight to take get a 12-10 advantage. Out of a 14-14 tie, the Razorbacks scored five straight to extend their lead to 19-14. The Wildcats clawed back to get it within one at 22-21 and again at 23-22, but Arkansas scored the final two points to win the set, 25-22. The Wildcats outhit the Razorbacks .235 to .205, but had 11 kills to UA’s 14. UK posted a 5-1 edge in blocks. In the frame, Billings had a set-high six kills, while Morgan posted three kills with four block assists.

    The third set was a tight affair to begin, but, with a 10-8 lead, the Wildcats scored 15 of the final 23 points to cement a 25-16 win and a 2-1 lead in the match. UK’s win was fueled by six blocks and a .550 hitting clip. Kentucky had 13 kills in the frame, and benefited from Arkansas’ eight attack errors. The Razorbacks had 10 kills and one block in the set and hit were held to just 0.71 hitting. Morgan led the way for the Blue and White with a set-high five kills on five attempts. Thomasson added four kills and two blocks, while Schwarzwalder logged five blocks in the set. O’Conner also posted two blocks and two kills.

    Kentucky found itself trailing the fourth set early at 2-1, but the Wildcats quickly responded with the next four points to take a 5-2 lead. After Arkansas tied it at five, UK went on to score seven of the next eight. The 12-6 lead was enough for the Wildcats to secure a 25-18 victory and the match. The Razorbacks got close at 21-17, but after a timeout, the Wildcats scored three straight to stretch the lead to six. After one UA point, UK closed it out, 25-18.

    Kentucky's Memorial Coliseum will play host to the NCAA Regionals Dec. 13-14. UK is one of four sites selected for the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight matchups with one team advancing to the Final Four in Seattle, Wash., from the Lexington Region. This marks the second time in three seasons Memorial Coliseum will host this premier volleyball event.