WEST POINT, N.Y. – In its second match of the Black Knights Invitational, the Alabama volleyball team suffered a 3-0 (17-25, 22-25, 19-25) loss to the Washington State Cougars. With the loss, the Crimson Tide falls to 1-1 on the season. Sophomore outside hitter Laura Steiner paced the Tide with nine kills, while Krystal Rivers and Brittany Thomas had eight kills each. Rivers did not commit a hitting error in the match and posted a .533 hitting percentage, converting eight times on 15 swings. Sierra Wilson had a team-high 33 assists and Thomas led the team with 11 digs. Washington State controlled the first set from start to finish, closing out the Tide 25-17 to open the match. The Cougars had a .400 (16-4/30) hitting percentage in the first set, while holding Alabama to a .192 (11-6/26) mark in the frame. In the second set, Alabama opened a 15-8 lead over the Cougars. However, the Cougars responded with a 17-7 run to close out the set for a 25-22 win to take a 2-0 lead in the match. In the third set, Alabama trailed 17-14 before getting even at 18-18. From there, the Cougars went on a 7-1 run to close out the set and take the match in straight sets. Washington State had a .538 (15-1/26) hitting percentage in the final set, while the Tide hit .346 (12-3/26) in the frame. Alabama was held to a .223 hitting percentage, as the Cougars collected eight blocks in the match. WSU posted a .347 mark in the match, as outside hitters Jaicee Harris and Kyra Holt had match highs with 11 kills each. WSU setter Camryn Irwin had a match-high 35 assists and Kate Sommer tied Harris for match-high honors with 12 digs.
Alabama wraps up play in the Black Knights Classic tonight at 6 p.m. CT when they take on Army at the Gillis Field House.
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