Sand Volleyball Falls To Tulane, 3-2

Seniors Sam Serley and Alison Woods earned a win on senior day.

April 27, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB sand volleyball team dropped its final dual match of the regular season to Tulane on Sunday. The Green Wave defeated the Blazers, 3-2.

UAB (5-9) and Tulane (8-7) had to play through a rain delay on Sunday to finish the match.

The Green Wave started the day strong with wins at the No. 4 and No. 5 positions. However, the match would be postponed for several hours due to inclement weather.

Once the teams were able to return to the courts, UAB jumped on the board with a win from seniors Sam Serley and Alison Woods on senior day. The duo defeated Annie Shurtz and Amber Bennett in straight sets, 21-11, 21-12, at the No. 2 position.

Rachel Fairbanks and Sara Rishell quickly followed with another win for the Blazers at the No. 3 spot. They topped Tulane’s Anna Wruck and Hannah Holmes, 22-20, 21-14, to tie the match at 2-2.

The deciding match came down to the No. 1 position, where UAB’s Kiriana Hirini and Bethanie Thomas were battling Tea Juric and Jackie Wegner of Tulane. It was a close match, but the Blazers were edged by Tulane, 21-18, 21-19, to take the win.

UAB has concluded its dual match season, Hirini and Thomas have been selected to compete at the 2014 AVCA Nationals Pairs tournament that runs from Friday, May 2 through Sunday, May 4.

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Tulane 3, UAB 2
No. 1: Tea Juric/Jackie Wegner (Tulane) def. Kiriana Hirini/Bethanie Thomas (UAB) - 21-18, 21-19
No. 2: Alison Woods/Sam Serley (UAB) def. Annie Shurtz/Amber Bennett (Tulane - 21–11, 21-12
No. 3: Rachel Fairbanks/Sara Rishell (UAB) def. Anna Wruck/Hannah Holmes (Tulane) - 22-20, 21-14
No. 4: Courtney Liddle/Olivia Utt (Tulane) def. Becca Howard/Gabby Deshotel (UAB) - 21-17, 21-10
No. 5: Sarah Strasner/Miah Dirrell (Tulane) def. Ally Slaughter/Amber Treace (UAB) - 21-14, 21-14
Order of finish: 4,5,2,3,1