Sand Volleyball Wins Fourth Straight

Sara Rishell claimed two wins at the fourth position on Saturday.

March 23, 2013

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The UAB sand volleyball team rolled to its fourth-straight win of the season on Saturday, picking up a 3-2 victory over Georgia State and a 4-1 win against host-school College of Charleston.

“We are starting to play like I thought we would coming into the season,” UAB head coach Hal Messersmith said. “We are playing harder and smarter and I am excited about how we are performing.”

The Blazers now improve to 6-3 overall on the year heading into next week’s Jacksonville Tournament.

“Today, I especially want to thank assistant coach Casey Ouren and coach Kerry Messersmith for stepping up in my absence,” added Messersmith. “They are key to what we hope to accomplish this season and I am grateful to them for stepping up.”

UAB started the day with a tight 3-2 win over Georgia State. The Blazers jumped out to a quick start with wins at the bottom three courts, before falling at the top two spots.

Alison Woods and Sam Serley started the Blazer run with a 21-16, 21-16 win at the third spot, while Rachel Fairbanks and Sara Rishell defeated  Alexis Townsend and Molly Suesta, 21-17, 21-17, before Becca Howard and Sam Skinner ousted Nikki Senopoylos and  Kaitlynn Hufstetler  from GSU, 24-22, 21-13.

With a win in the first dual, UAB moved on to a host-school College of Charleston. The Blazers were once again strong, this time picking up a 4-1 victory.



UAB’s only defeat came at the No. 2 court, where Ally Slaughter and Kirsten Gallagher fell in a tough three-set contest, 21-12, 18-21, 15-10.

From there, the Blazers ran off four wins at the remaining positions to claim their fourth-straight triumph on the year.

The Blazers now participate in the Jacksonville State Tournament, scheduled for March 29-30.

Sand Volleyball Results
March 24, 2013 – Charleston, S.C.

UAB 3, Georgia State 2

1. Lane Carico/Katie Madewell (GSU) def. Kiriana Hirini/Bethanie Thomas (UAB) 21-19, 21-14
2. Jansen Button/Sara Olivova (GSU) def. Ally Slaughter/Kirsten Gallagher (UAB 21-19, 23-21
3. Alison Woods/Sam Serley (UAB) def. Kaitlyn Rowles/Milanie Pickering (GSU) 21-16, 21-16
4. Rachel Fairbanks/Sara Rishell (UAB) def. Alexis Townsend/Molly Suesta (GSU) 21-17, 21-17
5. Becca Howard/Sam Skinner (UAB) def. Nikki Senopoylos/Kaitlynn Hufstetler (GSU) 24-22, 21-13


UAB 4, College of Charleston 1

1. Alison Woods/Sam Serley (UAB) def. Kelly Kolich/Emily Neidfer (CoC) 24-22, 21-16
2. Darcy Doran/Andi Zboinieavicz (CoC) def. Ally Slaughter/Kirsten Gallagher (UAB) 21-12, 18-21, 15-10
3. Becca Howard/Sam Skinner (UAB)) def. Emily Shelton/Casey Warren (CoC) 22-20, 21-16
4. Rachel Fairbanks/Sara Rishell (UAB) def. Sloane White/Taeier Davis (CoC) 21-16, 21-17
5. Kiriana Hirini/Bethanie Thomas (UAB) def. Lizzie Theesfield/Melisse Morello (CoC) 21-19, 26-24