Tulane Slips Past Volleyball, 3-2

Sam Serley collected a career-high 11 blocks vs. Tulane

Sept. 30, 2012

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NEW ORLEANS ---- Sam Serley posted a career-high 11 blocks and recorded her third career double-double, but Tulane made a late run to claim the last two sets and knock off the UAB volleyball team, 3-2 (25-14, 14-25, 25-19, 23-25, 10-15) on Sunday afternoon at the Hertz Center.

Next on the schedule for UAB (7-11, 1-3 C-USA) is a pair of matches against the Memphis Tigers.  The Blazers will travel to Memphis, Tenn., to play on Friday, before hosting the C-USA foe on Sunday.

UAB led 2-1 entering the fourth frame, but Tulane edged the Blazers by two points and kept the ball rolling in the fifth frame to earn the victory.  In the deciding stanza, the Green Wave hit .379, making just two errors on 29 swings and led the set from start to finish.

The Blazers did showcase a strong effort in the front row on defense, totaling 15 blocks as a squad and holding Tulane to a .205 hitting percentage for the match.  However, UAB’s offense struggled to find a consistent flow in the match, owning an attacking clip of .158 vs. the Green Wave defense.

Serley, who hit an impressive .429 for the match, registered 11 blocks (one solo, 10 assists), along with 13 kills in the loss.  Sunday marked the ninth time this season that Serley hit .400 or better in a match as the Nashville, Tenn., native made only one error on 28 swings.

Also putting up strong numbers was libero Rachel Fairbanks, who corralled a team-high 24 digs.  Fairbanks has now collected 20-plus digs in six matches in 2012.

Joining Serley with a double-double was Alison Woods, who dished out 22 assists and added 16 digs.  It marked Woods’ fifth double-double on the year, tying Kate Morrell for the most on the team.

Another player that filled up the stat sheet was Kirsten Gallagher, who put away eight kills, had seven digs, four blocks and three service aces on the afternoon.

Tulane (4-12, 2-3 C-USA) featured five players in double digit kills, led by Milica Jovic’s 15.  In total, the Green Wave had three players post double-doubles, including a 10-kill, 24-dig effort from Grace Weaver.