COLUMBIA, S.C. ---- Sam Serley produced a stellar outing to reach 1,000 career kills, but South Carolina slipped past the UAB volleyball team, 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 21-25, 24-26) on Saturday morning, competing in the Carolina Clash.
The loss evened up UAB’s record to 5-5, snapping a four-game win streak, while South Carolina stayed perfect on the season at 10-0.
Serley was an offensive machine for the Blazers, connecting for 19 kills on 24 attacks with only two errors for a .707 attacking clip. She recorded her 1,000th career kill in the fourth set of the match. In fact, Serley posted five or more kills in three of the four frames on the day, including putting away a perfect seven kills on seven attacks in the first frame.
Joining Serley in double digit kills was Ally Slaughter (12) and Michele Simmons (10). Simmons connected for a .500 (10k-1e-18ta) hitting clip.
A day after surpassing 3,000 assists, setter Alison Woods dished out a season-high 35, while Becca Howard tallied 18 helpers of her own.
On defense, libero Rachel Fairbanks posted her ninth double figure dig outing in 10 matches with a team-high 18 against the Gamecocks.
UAB produced an effective attack, hitting .285 (63k-20e-151ta) with two sets of posting a .400 percentage or better. However, it was the Gamecocks that accumulated an even stronger percentage as a club, compiling a .307 hitting clip, the highest against the Blazers this season.
The Blazers came out swinging in the opening stanza, hitting .444 (18k-2e-36ta) and taking the set 25-23.
South Carolina would rally and take the next three sets with the third and fourth frame being extremely close. During the final two sets, the score was tied 21 times and the lead changed hands on six occasions. Unfortunately for the Blazers, the Gamecocks were able to grind out the final three frames and escape with the win.