Crimson Tide Volleyball Rolls to Victory
Alabama's new head volleyball coach Rashinda Reed started her coaching career off with an undefeated weekend.
The Crimson Tide opened its season Friday against the McNeese Cowgirls. Alabama and McNeese split the first two sets before the Tide finished the Cowgirls with a 25-15 win in the third set and a close 25-22 win in the fourth set.
Freshman Micah Gryniewicz started her collegiate career off with a team leading 15 kills against the Cowgirls.
Gryniewicz continued to shine in the second matchup against University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA), recording 11 kills.
Alabama was able to secure two close wins over the Roadrunners, winning both by two points. Crimson Tide fans brought the energy into Foster Auditorium to boost Alabama to its second victory of the day.
"The crowd today really gave us a big home court advantage and it was a really tough atmosphere for the opponent to play in, so our ladies kept up their energy and were putting that out there," Reed said.
The Tide kept on rolling into Saturday when the team won its third match of the season against Southern Miss.
It took four sets to defeat the Golden Eagles. Alabama won the first two sets before Southern Miss claimed set three in a 27-25 win.
Chaise Campbell and Alyiah Wells secured the victory for the Tide. Campbell had a pair of aces to give Alabama a 24-22 lead before Wells hit a kill to end the match.
Campell led the team with four blocks and a career-best five aces. Gryniewicz recorded her double-digit kill streak with 12 against the Golden Eagles.
"We were really focusing on the things we’ve been working on in practice, which includes putting everything out on the court," Reed said. "It’s effort, being brave as hell and being satisfied with everything out there—walking away and saying you have done everything you could."
The Crimson Tide travels to Houston for the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup. Alabama plays Oregon State Friday at 1 p.m. CT before facing Houston later that day at 7:30 p.m. CT.