Volleyball Falls To Middle Tennessee, 3-1

UABSPORTS.COM Junior Kiriana Hirini led UAB with 17 kills against Middle Tennessee.
Junior Kiriana Hirini led UAB with 17 kills against Middle Tennessee.

Oct. 6, 2013

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The UAB volleyball team suffered a 3-1 (25-20, 18-25, 18-25, 23-25) loss to Conference USA opponent Middle Tennessee on Sunday afternoon. The Blazers are now 13-7 overall and 2-2 in C-USA, while Middle Tennessee moved to 10-6 overall and 2-1 in C-USA.

UAB came out strong in the match, getting on the board first with a 25-20 win in set one. However, Middle Tennessee countered with a 25-18 win in the second set to send the teams to the break tied at 1-1.

Out of intermission, the Blue Raiders carried their momentum into the third set with a 25-18 win. The Blazers fought hard in the fourth to try and send it to a tie-breaking fifth set, but Middle Tennessee was able to pull away for a 25-23 win to take the match.

A trio of players hit double-digit kills on the day for UAB. Junior Kiriana Hirini led the way with 17 kills, extending her streak of matches with double-digit kills to six. Fellow juniors Sara Rishell and Bethanie Thomas added 13 and 10 kills, respectively. 

Rishell's hitting percentage of .524 was a new career-best and led the team. Senior Becca Howard dished out 40 helpers and found seven different hitters for the Blazers. 

Defensively, UAB was strong at the net with 12 total blocks. Rishell had a team-high six and Hirini added five. Sophomore Lindsay Simmons added a career-best three blocks on the afternoon.

The Blazers will continue conference play on the road next weekend, when they travel to FIU on Friday, Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. CT and then Florida Atlantic on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. CT.

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