Oct. 4, 2013
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.
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.