MSU’s lone senior, Dani McCree, was honored prior to the match as part of Senior Night festivities. The outside hitter from Rialto, Calif., earned the 35th start of her career and posted six kills and four digs.
“I was proud of the way we fought tonight,” Bulldog head coach Jenny Hazelwood said. “There were a lot of calls that went against us and we could have easily quit at any point. I think the girls rallied around Dani and fought down to the very last point. We have one match more before we finish up the season and if we keep competing like this, we’ll be able to get a win on the road.”
Alabama controlled much of the first set although the Bulldogs were able to tie it at nine. The Crimson Tide foiled multiple late comeback attempts by MSU to claim a 25-20 victory. Scott paced the Maroon and White with six kills in the opening frame.
The second set provided much more drama with State building a lead as big as 15-10 before UA regained momentum with a 7-0 run. With the set tied at 21 all, McCree launched an attack off the left side that grazed the fingers of an Alabama blocker but went uncalled. The Crimson Tide would go on to take a 2-0 lead in the match with a 25-22 win in the second frame.
Mississippi State provided even more drama in the third set. After taking a 20-19 lead, MSU surrendered a 4-0 run and gave Alabama match point at 24-22. After State cut it to one and forced UA into a timeout, the Crimson Tide sealed the deal 25-23. McVey turned in 10 of her 22 digs in the clinching set alone.
Scott finished with 16 kills to go along with a .302 hitting percentage, nine digs and two blocks. Fellow sophomore Alex Warren also turned in a strong outing with seven kills and four blocks in the middle. Chelsea Duhs backed up her with five kills and three blocks.
With 676 fans in attendance for Wednesday’s home finale, a new single-season Newell-Grissom Building attendance record was set at 7,399. Earlier this season MSU set single-match conference record for the Newell-Grissom Building with 1,633 fans, which was the second-most in the facility’s history.
Mississippi State wraps up the 2013 season Saturday afternoon at 12:30 CST in Knoxville against the Tennessee Volunteers (9-22, 1-16).