BUFFALO, N.Y. – After sweeping Marist in its season opener Friday morning, Alabama returned to Alumni Arena and earned another three-set victory, this time over tournament host Buffalo.

It marks the first time since 1998 that the Crimson Tide has started the season with back-to-back sweeps.

Alabama (2-0) won the opening frame, 25-20, before overcoming a late Buffalo (0-1) lead in the second with six-straight points to win, 25-23. The Tide overcame a similar deficit early in the third, tying it at 15-15 before pulling ahead to win, 25-22, and complete the sweep.

Junior Doris Carter was a force on offense, tallying nine kills with just one error on 22 swings, good for a .318 hitting percentage. Freshman Alyiah Wells and senior Ginger Perinar were close behind with seven each, with Wells hitting .538 along with five blocks. For the second-straight match, junior Kaylee Thomas led the team in digs with 16.

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