Blazers clinch spot in Conference USA Tournament
Heather Thomas reaches 2,000 digs for career
Matches are scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m., Sunday at noon
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
Enters her senior season ranking fifth all-time at UAB in career assists with 2,809.
AS A JUNIOR (2011)
One of four Blazers to play in all 32 matches including all 118 sets ... shared setting duties with teammate Becca Howard out of the 6-2 offensive ... ended the season with 685 total assists (5.81 per set) ... performed even better in league games (6.10 per set) ... overall set average ranked 11th in Conference USA ... reached double digits in assists in the last 31 matches ... tallied 21 matches of 20-or-more helpers ... four times reached the 30-assist mark ... averaged 2.58 digs per set and totaled 304 for the year ... tied Kate Morrell with a team-high 12 double-doubles ... posted a career-high 18 digs on Oct. 2 at Southern Miss ... dished out a season-high 31 assists on three occasions, the last at Marshall on Nov. 20 ... laced four aces on Nov. 13 versus Tulane in a three-game sweep ... named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2010)
Played in all 32 matches and all 118 sets ... served as the primary setter in UAB's 5-1 offense and shared setting duties with Becca Howard when the Blazers ran a 6-2 attack ... finished the season with 901 assists (7.64 per set) ... also tied for the team-lead with 23 service aces ... ranked third on the team with 265 digs (2.25 per set) ... posted a team-high 11 double-doubles in assists and digs ... reached the 30-assist mark 13 times, the 40-mark seven times and the 50-mark five times ... in a nine-match stretch from Oct. 15-Nov. 12, she averaged 11.17 assists per set and managed at least 49 assists in five of the nine ... racked up a career-high 64 assists Sept. 11 in the five-set win over Arkansas ... finished that match with 64 assists, 13 digs and four kills ... posted a season-best 15 digs on two occasions, both in five-set wins over Rice - Oct. 15 in Birmingham and Nov. 6 in Houston ... reached double-digit digs 12 times ... also added 21 total blocks ... named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
AS A FRESHMAN (2009)
Started all 33 matches as UAB's primary setter ... played in 123 of a possible 124 sets ... led the team with 10 double-doubles (assists and digs) ... handed out 9.94 assists per set ... reached the 40-assist mark in 16 matches and the 50-assist plateau five times ... posted a season-best 58 helpers Oct. 2 at UCF ... had 55 assists Sept. 18 against UALR and managed 53 assists three times ... reached double-figure digs in 10 matches ... tallied a season-high 14 digs on two occasions - Sept. 1 versus Jacksonville State and Nov. 12 against Marshall ... also added 47 total blocks on the year ... managed a season-best five blocks Oct. 30 against UCF and Nov. 14 versus Memphis ... tallied three kills Sept. 5 at Ole Miss ... served 20 consecutive points Sept. 4 against Alcorn State, falling two shy of the NCAA record ... led the team with 38 aces on the year ... named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Lettered four years at Centennial for coach Sharon Rhinehart ... served as team captain for four years and was named team MVP in each of her seasons ... earned recognition as one of PrepVolleyball.com's Top 79 Sophomores in 2007 and as an honorable mention All-American in 2009 ... an all-district selection four times and a two-time all-midstate honoree ... named all-region in 2007 ... holds single-season records at Centennial for service aces (174), assists (1,422) and digs (264) ... at the club level, played for two national championship teams (2006 and 2008) from Impact Volleyball Club in Nashville ... selected to the JOVC all-tournament team in 2006 ... co-captained her Impact team for six years with current UAB teammate Sam Serley ... graduated with honors and was a member of the National Honor Society ... four-time member of the Principal's List.
Alison Elizabeth Woods ... born Dec. 4, 1990 in Memphis, Tenn. ... daughter of Don and Jane Woods ... has two sisters, Jessica and Kristen ... majoring in business (industrial distribution) with a minor in medical technology.