Thomas, Gallagher wrap up play at inaugural sand volleyball national championship
Thomas, Gallagher complete pool play in pairs competition, look toward Sunday
Blazer teammates ready for Collegiate Sand Volleyball Pairs Championship
Blazers, Noles play first sanctioned collegiate sand volleyball match
AS A JUNIOR (2011): Started and played in 30 matches for a total of 93 sets...finished second on the squad in total blocks with 95 (18 solo, 77 assists)...blocks per set average of 1.02 ranked ninth-best in C-USA...average improved in league contests at 1.15, ranking sixth in the conference...hitting percentage of .278 placed second on the team and 12th in the conference...laced 114 kills on 306 errors, while committing just 29 errors...added 72 digs and 14 service aces...did not commit an error during a four-match span (Sept. 9-Sept. 16), lacing 30 total kills on 50 attacks (.600)...in 24 of 30 matches committed less than two errors...collected four-or-more blocks 10 times...connected for a career-high 12 kills and added seven digs and six blocks vs. Arkansas State on Aug. 26...registered a career-best hitting clip of .800 (8k-0e-10ta) on Sept. 10 at Kennesaw State...posted a career-high nine blocks vs. Marshall on Sept. 23...hit at a .727 (8k-0e-11ta) clip on Nov. 18 at East Carolina...earned C-USA Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 26.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2010)
Saw action in 17 matches with six starts ... started the last four contests of the season ... came on strong down the stretch, averaging 1.78 kills and 1.39 blocks per set over the final five matches ... hit for a .365 percentage over that stretch ... finished the year with averages of 1.00 kills and 0.73 blocks per frame ... posted a career-high 11 kills Nov. 21 against UCF ... managed back-to-back career-bests in blocks in the season's final two contests with 6.0 on Nov. 24 against Memphis and 8.0 three days later on the road against the same Tigers squad ... finished the season with a .259 attack percentage and also added 27 digs ... named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
AS A FRESHMAN (2009)
Appeared in 11 matches, mostly in a reserve role ... posted a season-high five kills Sept. 4 versus Alcorn State ... managed three kills on two other occasions ... recorded a season-best six digs Oct. 23 at Tulane ... tallied two blocks Aug. 28 against Alabama A&M.
REDSHIRT SEASON (2008)
Redshirted in her first season at UAB ... named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Was a four-year letterwinner at Auburn High School ... named to the 2007 Alabama All-State Second Team after being a first-team selection in 2006 ... was the 2006 Opelika-Auburn News Volleyball Player of the Year ... earned 2005 Alabama All-State honorable mention honors ... was the 2005 Auburn Tiger Defensive Player of the Year ... was a two-year captain of the Tigers.
Kirsten Ann Gallagher ... born July 27, 1990 ... daughter of Tom and Lisa Gallagher ... has two sisters, Jennifer and Caitlin ... majoring in business administration (management).