Woods Reaches Milestone In UAB Sweep

Alison Woods became the second UAB player to reach 3,000 assists and 1,000 digs in a career

Oct. 9, 2012

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- Senior Alison Woods reached 1,000 career digs as part of a double-double as the UAB volleyball team swept Alabama A&M, 3-0 (25-14, 25-23, 25-21) on Tuesday evening in non-conference action at Bartow Arena.

UAB (10-11) will host a pair of Conference USA games this weekend, starting with Southern Miss on Friday at 7 p.m. CT.  The Blazers will round out the weekend by welcoming the UCF Knights on Sunday at Noon.

Woods finished the night with her eighth double-double of the season, dishing out 20 assists and collecting 10 digs.  The Franklin, Tenn., native became just the second player in UAB history, joining Tammy Robertson (1989-92) to reach 3,000 assists and 1,000 digs in a career.

Joining Woods with a double-double was fellow setter Becca Howard, who distributed 17 helpers and corralled 13 digs in the three-set win.

"Both Alison and Becca did a nice job of distributing the ball for us tonight," head coach Kerry Messersmith said.  "We just came out flat and didn't play with much emotion and that hurt us and it will continue to hurt us if we don't change our ways moving forward."

On offense, UAB sported six players with five-plus kills, led by Sam Skinner and Ally Slaughter who each posted nine.  Kirsten Gallagher also produced a solid match, hitting .400 (6k-0e-15ta) and added a match-best eight blocks, featuring four solo swats.

UAB played a number of players on Tuesday night as 13 Blazers saw game action.  Stepping into the front row and producing was Lindsay Simmons, as the redshirt-freshman recorded her first collegiate kill, along with adding three block assists to her stat line.

"It was nice that we were able to get a lot of players time out on the court tonight," Messersmith said.  "Lindsay Simmons came in and did a nice job for us getting a kill and three blocks."

The Blazers came out the gate on fire, hitting .308 in the opening frame, owning the lead from start to finish in a 25-14 first set win.  However, Alabama A&M (5-16) played the Blazers tough all night in the second and third frames as a total of 21 ties and 12 lead changes took place over the last two sets.

Despite the back-and-forth battle in the second and third stanzas, UAB found a way to come out on top, earning the three-game sweep.

Leading the Bulldogs on offense was Clairissa Moore, who rocketed 13 kills on a .324 hitting percentage.  Teammate Ashley Forman posted a double-double as the team setter, recording 27 assists and 17 digs in the loss.