Blazers Top East Carolina 3-1 On Friday Night

Senior Becca Howard served up a career-best 61 assists in UAB's win over East Carolina on Friday.

Oct. 4, 2013

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - The UAB volleyball team grabbed its first Conference USA road win after defeating East Carolina 3-1 on the road Friday evening. The Blazers improved to 13-6 overall and 2-1 in the league, while the Pirates are now 7-11 overall and 0-3 in C-USA.

Junior Sara Rishell led the attack for UAB. Rishell put down 18 kills on the night, while junior Kiriana Hirini added 17, junior Bethanie Thomas had 12 and senior Ally Slaughter added 10.

Improving on her career-high in helpers set just last weekend, senior Becca Howard dished out 61 assists in the four-set match. She found six different Blazer hitters that were able to land kills against the Pirates. Freshman Gabby Deshotel and sophomore Lindsay Simmons recorded career-highs with six kills apiece.

The Blazers out-hit ECU .290 to .201, led by Deshotel who hit a career-best .667 with six kills on nine attempts and no errors. Hirini hit over .500 for the fourth time this season with a .536 average on the night.

On the defensive side, senior Rachel Fairbanks collected 28 digs to lead all players. Howard added 15 to give her a double-double, which was her eighth of the season.

UAB started the match strong with a 25-22 win in the first set. East Carolina countered with a 25-23 win in the second set to send the teams into the break tied at 1-1. 

The teams played a tight third set, with the Blazers coming out victorious in a 25-21 win to take a 2-1 lead. UAB used its momentum to blaze to a 25-16 third set win and take the match over the Pirates.

The Blazers will continue their conference road trip with a match at Middle Tennessee on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. CT. 

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