Volleyball Kicks Off Power Of Pink

This week, the Alabama Crimson Tide volleyball team (9-10, 2-6 SEC) will host a pair of Southeastern Conference matches. The Tide opens the week on Friday night, with a 7 p.m. CT, match against the South Carolina Gamecocks (9-8, 0-7 SEC) at Foster Auditorium. Friday night's match will also be the kick-off event for the Athletics department "Power of Pink" program.



On Sunday afternoon, Alabama will host the No. 13 ranked Florida Gators (13-3, 6-1 SEC) at 1 p.m. CT. Sunday's match will be televised on FSN Sports South with Pete Pranica & Phil Bush calling the action. The match will also be rebroadcasted on Monday night on WVUA at 7 p.m.

Alabama's home matches against South Carolina and Florida will have a live radio broadcast available on WVUA 90.7 FM and online at WVUA-FM.ua.edu. The WVUA broadcast will also be available as part of the live video webcast on RollTide.com, through the All Access subscription plan, for Friday's match only. Livestats will also be available on RollTide.com for both matches.

Friday night's Alabama women's volleyball match against South Carolina will be the first event of the Athletics department's third annual "Power of Pink" program, sponsored by Tuscaloosa Toyota. Prior to the start of the match, the first 400 fans through the door will receive a "Power of Pink" t-shirt. Throughout the contest, fans will have an opportunity to win hats, tervis tumblers, pink volleyballs, and other items. One lucky fan will win an iPad through a raffle. The volleyball team will sign autographs following Sunday's match against Florida.

Shelbi Goode led the Crimson Tide with 23 kills in three matches last week. The sophomore from Georgetown, Texas, averaged 2.56 kills per set while finishing the week second on the team with 20 total digs, to average 2.22 digs per set. For the season, Goode has appeared in 16 matches, playing in 42 total sets, with six starts. She is currently averaging 1.45 kills per set for the season.

The South Carolina Gamecocks enter this week with a 9-8 overall record, but are 0-7 against conference opponents. After posting a 9-1 non-conference record, South Carolina has lost seven straight matches. SC leads the SEC in digs with 17.67 per set this season, are third in the SEC in assists per set (12.65), fourth in kills per set (13.55) and fifth in hitting percentage (.233).

Juliette Thevenin comes into this week averaging 3.85 kills per set to rank fourth in the SEC. Thevenin is second on the team with a 3.62 digs per set average, to rank sixth in the conference. Frankie Vain's .332 hitting percentage is fifth in the SEC, and Paige Wheeler is second in the conference with a team-best 4.52 digs per set.

When Alabama and South Carolina meet on Friday it will mark the 38th meeting all-time between the two schools. UA leads the series 21-16 and has won three of the last four. The Gamecocks posted a 3-1 win in Columbia in the most recent meeting. Alabama is 12-5 all-time at home versus SC and has won the last two matches played in Tuscaloosa, including a straight sets win on Oct. 10, last season.

Florida enters this week ranked No. 13 in the AVCA Coaches Poll. The Gators are riding a four-match win streak and play at Mississippi on Friday night. UF's last loss was a 3-2 home defeat by Tennessee on Sept. 25. Florida leads the SEC with a .305 hitting percentage and 1.68 aces per set, is second in opponent hitting percentage (.159) and blocks per set (2.46), and third with 13.61 kills per set.

Kristy Jaeckel leads the team with 3.54 kills per set to rank ninth in the SEC, and is third in the team with a .318 hitting percentage. Kelly Murphy also has a .318 hitting mark for the year and averages 2.35 kills per set. Tangerine Wiggs has a team-high .349 hitting percentage and averages 2.23 kills per set. Betsy Smith's 1.08 blocks per set is fourth in the SEC, and Taylor Unroe is eighth in the conference with 3.56 digs per set.

When Alabama and Florida meet on Sunday it will mark the 40th meeting all-time in the series. Florida has won the last 34 matches, dating back to the 1989 season, and leads the series 34-5. During the 34-match win streak, UA has won a total of four sets. Last season in Tuscaloosa, Florida posted a 3-0 win over the Tide on Nov. 14. Alabama is 2-16 all-time against Florida at home.

Next week, Alabama begins the second round of SEC play with road matches at LSU and Arkansas. The Tide travels to LSU on Friday, Oct. 21, for a 7 p.m. CT, match against the Tigers. LSU defeated Alabama 3-1 in Tuscaloosa on Sept. 18. The weekend comes to an end when the Tide takes on the Arkansas Razorbacks on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 1:30 p.m. CT. Arkansas posted a 3-1 win over the Tide on Sept. 16 to open the SEC season for both teams.

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