Junior Bethanie Thomas and Kiriana Hirini secured the win over Webber International.
April 4, 2014
KENNER, La. - The UAB sand volleyball team split two matches on the first day of the Tulane Pelican Classic. The Blazers defeated Webber International, 3-2, but fell to Tulane, 5-0.
UAB (3-7) earned the win over Webber International (4-2) in its second match of the day after opening with a 5-0 loss to Tulane (5-3) to start the day.
In the win over Webber International, the Blazers had wins at the No. 1, No. 3 and No. 5 positions. Ally Slaughter and Amber Treace started the match off with a win at the No. 5 position, 21-15, 21-19, to give UAB a 1-0 lead.
The Warriors countered with a win at the No. 4 position as Becca Howard and Lindsay Simmons fell to Brittany Mock and Alida Schat, 21-11, 21-10. The Blazers jumped back in front as Rachel Fairbanks and Sara Rishell took the win over Elizabeth Eddy and Michelle Einzinger at the No. 3 position.
The Blazers secured the match as Kiriana Hirini and Bethanie Thomas finished with a straight-set win over Helene Rahcoula and Tara Sandbeck, 21-12, 23-21, at the top position. The duo of Alison Woods and Sam Serley came close with a three-set match, winning the first set, but eventually fell to Taylor Eiken and Katie Lindstrom, 21-12, 16-21, 15-8.
Hirini and Thomas fell to Tea Juric and Jackie Wegner, 21-18, 23-21, at the No. 1 position. Fairbanks and Rishell had their four-match win-streak snapped after falling to Hannah Holmes and Anna Wruck, 21-17, 21-15.
At the No. 4 position, Howard and Simmons fell to Courtney Liddle and Olivia Utt, while Slaughter and Treace lost to Miah Diirell and Sarah Strasner at the No. 5 position.
UAB will be back in action for the bracket play on the second day of the Tulane Pelican Classic. The full bracket with times is linked at the top of the page. The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. CT.
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Tulane 5, UAB 0
Order of Finish: 4,5,3,1,2
UAB 3, Webber International 2
Order of Finish: 5,4,3,1,2