Sand Volleyball Falls In 3-2 Heartbreaker To Tulane

UAB's Kirsten Gallagher teamed with Rachel Fairbanks in a tough 21-19 third-set loss on Sunday.

March 10, 2013


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- With the contest tied 2-2, UAB’s Kirsten Gallagher and Rachel Fairbanks put up a valiant effort but fell short in a 21-19 third set loss as the Blazer sand volleyball team dropped a 3-2 decision to Tulane on Sunday.

After splitting the first four courts, all eyes went to the third position where the No. 2 pairs were locked in a back-and-forth match. Facing the Green Wave’s Jackie Wegner and Anna Wruck, Gallagher and Fairbanks picked up a first-set win, 21-11, before falling, 21-15, in the second.

The Blazer duo then fell behind 10-7 in the third before battling back to tie it at 10-10. After fighting off several decisive points, Tulane was able to pick up the victory and clinch the 3-2 win.

With the loss, UAB falls to 1-1 on the season, while Tulane improves to 2-0 to begin the year.

The Green Wave started the day with Azarri Badawi and Grace Weaver taking a 23-21, 19-21, 15-12, victory over UAB’s Becca Howard and Kate Morrell in the match between the No. 4 pairs.

Down 0-1, the Blazers battled back as Ally Slaughter and Sam Skinner teamed up for a thrilling 11-21, 22-20, 15-13 victory over Mackenzie Moore and Olivia Utt at the fifth position.

UAB’s tandem of Sam Serley and Alison Woods then fell, 21-11, 21-12, at the first position to give the Green Wave the 2-1 lead.



Once again, the Blazers battled back as Kiriana Hirini and Bethanie Thomas rolled past Milica Jovic and Courtney Liddle, 21-11, 21-15, to set up the thrilling and decisive match at the third court.

UAB now travels to Monroe, La., to take on ULM on Thursday at 2 p.m. CT. 

UAB vs. Tulane
March 10, 2013

Sophie Aspey/Cori Martone (TU) def. Sam Serley/Alison Woods (UAB) 21-11, 21-12
Jackie Wegner/Anna Wruck (TU) def. Kirsten Gallagher/Rachel Fairbanks (UAB) 19-21-21-16, 21-19
Kiriana Hirini/Bethanie Thomas (UAB) def. Milica Jovic/Courtney Liddle (TU) 21-11, 21-15
Azarri Badawi/Grace Weaver (TU) def. Becca Howard/Kate Morrell (UAB) 23-21, 19-21, 15-12
Ally Slaughter/Sam Skinner (UAB) def. Mackenzie Moore/Olivia Ott (TU) 11-21, 22-20, 15-13
Lindsay Simmons/Sara Rishell (UAB) def. Amber Bennett/Elysa Jackson (TU) 21-19, 21-13