TUSCALOOSA, Ala– Though not completely without hope, a 6-12 record and a 6-match losing streak is not where any team wants to be. However, the Tide ended their bad fortune with a win over SEC opponent Missouri in 3 (25-21, 29-27, 25-10).
The first set began with tight competition, as the Tide trailed by only 3 heading into a media timeout at 12-15. Alabama was able to draw level at 18 off of a roll shot kill by graduate student OH Abby Marjama. An ace by Marjama put the Tide in position to take the first up 23-19. A kill by junior OH Kendyl Reaugh put it away as the Tide took set 1 25-21.
In the second set, it was again neck-and-neck early on. A Tide attacking error gave Missouri a 1-point lead at 14-15 entering a timeout. Multiple Tiger kills widened their lead to 16-22. A stunning serving run by junior L Victoria Schmer and a monster block by senior MH Alyiah Wells made the score 23-24.
After the most ridiculous sequence of set points this season, including one of the longest rallies of the Tide’s season, they took set 2 29-27.
The momentum continued for the Tide through the third set, as they took an early 14-8 lead. An overpass kill by Wells made it a ridiculous 22-9. An ace by Marjama won the dominating third set 25-10 and completed the sweep, as the Tide ended their 6-match losing streak and took home their first SEC win.
Alabama volleyball improved to a 7-12 (1-6) record, and are set to play Alabama State at home for a chance at a second SEC win.