Sand Volleyball Splits In New Orleans

UABSPORTS.COM UAB's Alison Woods teamed up with Sam Serley for two wins on Saturday.
UAB's Alison Woods teamed up with Sam Serley for two wins on Saturday.

March 16, 2013

NEW ORLEANS - The UAB sand volleyball team lost its third-straight 3-2 dual on the season when it fell to Tulane, before battling back for a 4-1 win over Stetson at the Tulane Tournament on Saturday.

With the split, UAB improves to 2-3 overall on the year with each of those losses coming in 3-2 fashion. Meanwhile, Tulane moves to 3-1 overall, while Stetson falls to 3-3 on the season.

UAB started the day with yet another tough 3-2 loss to Tulane. The Blazers fell behind 2-0 in the contest when Becca Howard and Kate Morrell fell, 22-20, 21-17, at the No. 5 position, before Kirsten Gallagher and Ally Slaughter dropped a 21-18, 21-13 match at the fourth spot.

The Blazers battled back, however, when the No. 3 pair of Sam Serley and Alison Woods rolled to a 21-17, 21-14 triumph over Tulane's Milica Jovic and Courtney Liddle. UAB's No. 2 duo of Rachel Fairbanks and Sara Rishell then followed with a 21-16, 21-17 victory against Grace Weaver and Anna Wruck.

Those two Blazer wins were not enough down the stretch, as UAB's No. 1 tandem of Kiriana Hirini and Bethanie Thomas fell, 27-25, 21-17, to the Green Wave's Sophie Aspey and Cori Martone.



Following the 3-2 loss to Tulane, the Blazers fought past Stetson, winning four three-set matches to clinch the 4-1 win.  

Howard teamed with Sam Skinner for a 21-11, 13-21, 15-9 win at the fifth spot, while Slaughter and Gallagher battled to a 21-14, 17-21, 15-11 victory at the No. 4 court.

The Blazers then continued the strong play at the next three courts when Woods and Slaughter teamed up to take down Katie DiGirolama and Jordann Dierieckx, 21-12, 16-21, 15-13 at the No. 3 position.

Stetson's only win on the day came when Kaley Melville and Julie Bassett took down UAB's Fairbanks and Rishell, 21-13, 21-16, at the No. 2 spot.

The Blazers now travel to Macon, Ga., to take on Mercer on Wednesday at 4 p.m. CT.

Tulane Tournament
New Orleans

Tulane 3, UAB 2
No. 1: Sophie Asprey / Cori Martone (TLN) def. Kiriana Hirini / Bethanie Thomas (UAB) - 27-25, 21-17
No. 2: Rachel Fairbanks / Sara Rishell (UAB) def. Grace Weaver / Anna Wruck (TLN) - 21-16, 21-17
No. 3: Sam Serley / Alison Woods (UAB) def.  Milica Jovic / Courtney Liddle (TLN) - 21-17, 21-14
No. 4: Azarri Badawi / Jackie Wegner (TLN) def. Kirsten Gallagher / Ally Slaughter (UAB) - 21-18, 21-13
No. 5: Mackenzie Moore / Oliva Utt (TLN) def. Becca Howard / Kate Morrell (UAB) - 22-20, 21-17

UAB 4, Stetson 1
No. 1: Kiriana Hirini / Bethanie Thomas (UAB) def. Maren Rygh / Savannah Byl (SU) - 21-15, 17-21, 15-10
No. 2: Kaley Melville / Julie Bassett (SU) def. Rachel Fairbanks / Sara Rishell (UAB) - 21-13, 21-16
No. 3: Alison Woods / Sam Serley (UAB) def. Katie DiGirolamo / Jordann Dierieckx (SU) - 21-12, 16-21, 15-13
No. 4: Ally Slaughter / Kirsten Gallagher (UAB) def. Alisha Hoffman / Catherine Coston (SU) - 21-14, 17-21, 15-11
No. 5: Becca Howard / Sam Skinner (UAB) def. Stephanie Marin / Taylor Kennedy (SU) - 21-11, 13-21, 15-9