April 5, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – UAB’s sand volleyball team jumped out to an early lead and held on for a 3-2 win over ULM on Friday at the UAB Sand Volleyball Courts.
UAB continues play on Saturday and Sunday with two matches against North Florida. The Blazers battle the 10-1 Ospreys at 4 p.m. CT Saturday and again at Noon CT on Sunday. Head coach Hal Messersmith’s team will be handing out free barbecue before Saturday's contest on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The Blazers move to 9-5 overall with Friday’s victory and have now won six of their last eight duals on the year.
“Today was a hard fought win against a very good team in ULM,” Messersmith said. “The two matches we lost were down to the wire, so I think that says a lot about how our team is playing right now.”
UAB began the day with two three-set thrillers to build the early momentum. Becca Howard and Kate Morrell started the contest with a hard-fought 21-8, 19-21, 15-13 victory over the Warhawks’ duo of Zuzana Markova and Alannah Cullum in the fifth flight.
After winning the first set, UAB’s remaining tandem of Bethanie Thomas and Kiriana Hirini fell to ULM’s Tetiana Sukach and Iren Marinova at the top position, 16-21, 21-12, 19-17 to final the final total at 3-2.
“I thought we really had a chance on both of the courts we lost today,” Messersmith added. “We are happy to get the win and look forward to playing a very tough North Florida squad this weekend.”
Fans are encouraged to arrive early for Saturday’s dual with limited barbecue available.