Volleyball Trumps Tigers In Four Sets

Alison Woods posted a double-double with 45 assists and 12 digs

Oct. 7, 2012

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- The UAB volleyball team hit an efficient .306 on Sunday afternoon to defeat the Memphis Tigers, 3-1 (25-19, 24-26, 25-12, 25-19) at Bartow Arena in Conference USA action.

It marked the second time the Blazers, 9-11 overall and 3-3 in league play, knocked off Memphis this weekend, after beating the Tigers in five sets on Friday night.

The .306 hitting clip marked the highest for UAB in league action this season, as Sam Serley led the offense with 14 kills.  On 24 total swings, Serley made just one miscue for a .542 hitting percentage.  In addition, Serley swatted 11 blocks (one solo, 10 assists) for her second double-double of the season.  Her 11 blocks also marked a career-high for the Nashville, Tenn., native.

Joining Serley with strong offensive outputs was Sam Skinner and Kirsten Gallagher.  Skinner rocketed 12 kills, while Gallagher recorded eight put-aways on 20 swings with zero errors.

In total, UAB posted seven service aces and 12 blocks for the match and hit over .300 in three of the four sets.

"I think our serve has been really been on lately," head coach Kerry Messersmith said.  "That is something we really struggled with early and we have really worked hard on in practice.  I think the kids have been more aggressive and more confident with their serves.  Our block was also on, so those were the two things that were key for us in today's match."

Alison Woods ran the offense out of the 5-1 scheme, recording a double-double (45 assists, 12 digs), while libero Rachel Fairbanks topped UAB in digs with 17.

Memphis (6-14, 1-5 C-USA) was held to a .096 hitting clip.  Maja Kostic paced the Tigers with 12 kills and 12 digs in the loss.

"All and all we are pleased with the weekend," Messersmith said.  "We really needed to get some confidence back and I think beating a good Memphis team helped us."

The Blazers return to Bartow Arena on Tuesday to square off against in-state foe Alabama A&M at 7 p.m. CT.