April 6, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB sand volleyball team stopped North Florida’s 10 match win streak on Saturday as the Blazers rolled to a 3-2 win over the Ospreys.
With the victory, the Blazers improve to 10-5 overall on the season and will face North Florida on Sunday at Noon CT. The Ospreys fall to 10-2 this season with Saturday’s loss.
UAB sieged the early momentum with strong play from the bottom two pairs. In an exhibition contest at the sixth position, Blazers Kate Morrell and Mariah McCallum ousted UNF’s Ebony Gunn and Kayla Fessler, 21-17, 21-10, before UAB’s duo of Becca Howard and Sam Skinner picked up a 22-20, 21-17 triumph at the No. 5 spot.
With the Blazers up 1-0 after the first two matches, the two teams split the third and fourth flights as UAB’s Alison Woods and Sam Serley rebounded from a tough first-set loss to defeat Anna Wagner and Emily Strack 11-21, 21-17, 15-6 to give their team a 2-0 advantage.
With the score at 2-1 in favor of the Blazers heading into the final two courts, UAB looked to clinch the match with just one win.
Sunday’s Noon dual against North Florida will be UAB’s final home contest of the season. The Blazers head to the Florida State Tournament on April 20-21.