Sam Serley earned Senior CLASS Award All-America Second Team Honors
Nashville, Tenn., native becomes UAB's first three-time All-America selection
Blazers clinch spot in Conference USA Tournament
Blazers stay perfect in October
Blazer middle blocker garners award for second consecutive season
2011 AVCA All-American Honorable Mention Selection (two-time selection)
2011 AVCA All-Midwest Region (two-time selection)
2011 First Team All-Conference USA
2011 Conference USA All-Academic Team
2011 Conference USA Spirit of Service Award
Enters the season ranking in the top 25 in Conference USA history in career hitting percentage (.326/16th), blocks per set (1.12/22nd) and total blocks (379/24th). Ranks in the top 10 in UAB history for career hitting percentage (3rd), total blocks (4th), block assists (6th) and solo blocks (7th).
AS A JUNIOR (2011)
Started all 32 matches and participated in all 118 sets ... finished third in the conference in overall hitting percentage (.351) and blocks per set (1.31) ... ranked 29th in blocks per set and 42nd in hitting percentage out of all Division I student-athletes ... concluded the year in the top 10 in UAB single season records for block assists (121/3rd), total blocks (154/4th) and attacking percentage (.351/6th) ... recorded first two double-doubles of career - vs. Illinois State (15k, 10b) and vs. Eastern Kentucky (10k, 10b) ... the 10-block outings marked career-highs ... totaled a team-high 287 kills ... averaged 2.43 kills per set ... posted 14 matches in double-digit kills ... produced 15 matched of five-or-more blocks ... stonewalled opponents with 33 solo blocks and 121 block assists ... captured first-ever C-USA Offensive Player of the Week award on Oct. 10 ... rocketed a season-high 20 kills, including six in the fifth set of a victory at UCF on Oct. 8 ... registered a C-USA-best hitting percentage of .750 (16k-1e-20ta) on Sept. 30 in a five-set win at Tulane...named to all-tournament teams at the Creighton Classic, First State Skyhawk Invitational and Kennesaw State Owls Classic (MVP) ... earned a spot on the C-USA All-Academic Team, commissioner's honor roll and the academic medal ... C-USA Spirit of Service Award recipient.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2010)
Became the third player in UAB history to earn honorable mention All-America honors from the AVCA ... also an AVCA All-Region selection and second-team All-Conference USA performer ... tabbed to the C-USA All-Academic Team, as well ... the only UAB player to start all 32 matches ... led the Blazers and ranked third in C-USA with 128 total blocks (1.08 per set) ... posted 36 solo blocks, the most by a Blazer since 1995, to rank ninth on the school's single-season list ... topped UAB and ranked ninth in the league with a .318 attack percentage, the ninth-best single-season mark in school history ... also led the team with 333 kills (2.82 per set) ... finished second on the squad with 20 service aces ... posted double-digit kills in 16 matches and managed at least 14 kills 10 times ... racked up a career-high 23 kills Sept. 11 in a five-set win over Arkansas ... had nine matches with an attack percentage better than .400 ... tallied 13 matches with at least 5.0 blocks ... reached a season-high 8.0 blocks three times - Oct. 3 at Marshall, Oct. 15 versus Rice and Oct. 22 at UCF ... had a nine-match stretch from Oct. 10 through Nov. 6 where she averaged 3.37 kills and 1.37 blocks per set while hitting at a .360 rate ... named to the all-tournament team at Georgia Tech's Courtyard Marriott Classic (Aug. 27-28) ... selected to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and received the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal.
AS A FRESHMAN (2009)
A Conference USA All-Freshman Team selection ... played in 31 matches with 26 starts ... ranked seventh in C-USA in attack percentage (.310) and 11th in blocks per set (0.96) ... part of a unit that helped make UAB the third-best blocking team in the league ... finished second on the team with 279 kills (2.76 per set) ... reached double-digit kills in 10 matches ... had a season-high 19 kills twice - Sept. 17 at Memphis and Sept. 27 against Rice ... managed 18 kills on two other occasions ... led UAB in kills for six straight matches from Sept. 12-22 ... hit for a percentage of .350 or better in 12 contests ... posted at least five blocks in eight matches ... set a season-high with nine blocks twice - Sept. 5 vs. Milwaukee and Nov. 14 against Memphis ... selected to all-tournament teams at the Tiger Invitational in Memphis (Sept. 18-19) and the War Eagle Invitational at Auburn (Aug. 28-29) ... named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Played at Independence High School for coach Stephanie Prewitt ... led Independence to a state championship in 2008 on her way to all-state recognition ... also named region MVP her senior year ... a two-time all-midstate selection and a three-time all-district honoree ... named one of PrepVolleyball.com's Top 79 Sophomores in 2006 and selected a PrepVolleyball.com Senior Ace in 2008 ... played at the club level for Impact Volleyball Club in the Nashville area, where she was a teammate of fellow Blazer Alison Woods ... led Impact to a pair of national championships and was chosen as the JOVC MVP in 2006 ... graduated with honors from Independence, where she was a member of the Principal's List and the High Honor Roll.
Samantha Lilly Serley ... born Dec. 14, 1990 in Syracuse, N.Y. ... daughter of Bob and Dee Serley ... has one brother, Zach ... majoring in health care management with a minor in accounting.