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The Crimson White

Serving the campus of the University of Alabama since 1894

The Crimson White

Alabama volleyball sweeps first day of Bama Bash

The Crimson Tide defeated the University of Furman at The Cave Friday 3-0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-23).

Alabama is hosting Bama Bash this weekend, and two of its three games were played Friday. In its first game at noon, the Tide’s got its first of two sweeps against the University of Toledo. Toledo recently beat No. 12 Michigan, so defeating the Rockets in three sets is a sign that the team has a lot of potential, head coach Judy Green said.

“We are still making strides toward coming together as a team, but tonight we executed well,” she said.

In the first two sets against Furman in the night game, the Tide never trailed the Paladins. Not until the third set did they hold a lead.

Furman opened the third set with three consecutive points. However, a spike by Kayla Fetter gave the Tide the momentum they needed to go on to win.

Fetter was the spark that ignited the Tide.

“Kayla really got things started for us tonight,” Green said.

Fetter scored 8.5 points in the final set and 16.5 points for the match overall. However, Fetter was not the only player with a noteworthy performance. Alyssa Meuth led the Tide in points, scoring 21, while Kelsey Anderson led the team in digs with 46.

“What allowed us to win tonight was our energy and consistency,” Meuth said.

The Tide looks to carry the momentum of Friday’s wins to Saturday’s game against the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Last year, UAB beat Alabama in five sets. Green said she is certain the Tide can come away with a win as long as they control the pace of the game. Meuth agreed.

“UAB is an athletic team, but we are proud to be defending our home court,” Meuth said. “I am confident we can come away with a win.”

Students who attended the game said they’re anxious to see if the Tide can keep its winning streak and energy going.

Melanie Bernal, a senior majoring in business, said she’d never attended a volleyball match before, but the student section’s immense enthusiasm and overwhelming support for the team encouraged her to attend the rest of the weekend’s matches.

“The student section was really intense throughout the game,” she said. “I didn’t think I really cared for volleyball, but [Friday’s] game really got me hooked.”

Though the Tide played well and won, Green said the team still needs improvement on the defensive side of the court.

“The defense needs more development,” she said. “They can’t get out-dug.”

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