Thais Soares and Heather Thomas produce on Senior Day
Blazers post 18 blocks as a team in 3-1 victory against Miners
UAB's next match is at Bartow Arena on Nov. 5 vs. UTEP
Four players post double-doubles as Blazers improve to 18-5, 8-3 C-USA
Blazers host Rice Owls on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT
AS A FRESHMAN (2011)
Made 15 starts and played in all 32 matches for a total of 113 sets ... surpassed the 200-kill plateau on the season with 206 ... averaged 1.82 kills per set ... overall attacking clip (.247) placed 19th in the league ... totaled 88 blocks ... averaged 0.78 swats per stanza ... blocked even better per set in league play at 0.85 ranking 17th ... tied for a C-USA best with a career-high 12 block assists on Nov. 6 vs. UTEP ... reached double figures in kills four times ... tallied four-or-more blocks in a match on nine occasions ... added 39 digs ... posted eight kills and four blocks in collegiate debut vs. Akron on Aug. 26 ... standout performance against Tulsa on Oct. 30 tying a career-high with 12 kills on a .524 (12k-1e-21ta) attacking clip ... hit .476 (11k-1e-21ta) in a four-set victory vs. Rice on Oct. 23.
A four-year letterwinner at Our Lady of Providence High School for coach Terri Purichia ... an Indiana Class 2A All-State First Team performer ... set the Pioneers' school record with 406 kills as a senior in 2010 ... led her team with a .451 attack percentage, 73 blocks and 56 service aces ... named one of the top 250 seniors in the country by PrepVolleyball.com ... selected twice as an AAU and Junior Volleyball Association All-American ... played at the club level for Union Volleyball Club, coached by Lesley Prather.
Ashley Elizabeth Ricks ... born May 29, 1993 in Jackson, Mich. ... daughter of Scott Ricks and Michelle McCutcheon ... has one sister, Caroline ... health care management.