Marshall Clips Blazers, 3-0

Junior Sara Rishell hit a team best .409 attack percentage with 11 kills against Marshall.

Oct. 20, 2013

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB volleyball team (15-9, 4-4 C-USA) fell to Marshall (12-11, 6-2 C-USA) in three sets, 3-0 (28-26, 25-20, 25-22) on Sunday afternoon.

"We got beat by a team that wanted to win more than we did," said head coach Kerry Messersmith. "That was the game. Our kids didn't try hard and you can't do that against a good team like Marshall. Marshall's a great team, coached very well. Mitch does a great job with them. You have to come out ready to go and our kids just didn't."

The Blazers took a 13-6 lead in the first set to force a Marshall timeout, but the Thundering Herd slow fought its way back and tied the set at 23-23. From there, both teams traded points until Marshall was able to land two kills in a row to win 28-26.

In the second set, it remained a close battle with UAB taking the early lead once again. The Blazers were up 13-10 and in control of the set. However, Marshall was able to put together several runs and take the set 25-20.

The Thundering Herd came out strong in the third set and took an 18-10 lead. UAB kept with it and narrowed the margin to 22-20, but couldn't over come the deficit as Marshall won 25-22. 

UAB had a trio of hitters land double-digit kills. Sophomore Sam Skinner led the way with 13 and juniors Kiriana Hirini and Sara Rishell added 12 and 11, respectively. Senior Becca Howard dished out 37 assists to six different Blazer hitters on the afternoon.

Senior Rachel Fairbanks was solid defensively, collecting 17 digs to lead all players on the day. Hirini assisted with four blocks and freshman Gabby Deshotel helped at the net with three blocks.

UAB is back on the road this week, traveling to El Paso, Texas to take on UTEP on Friday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. CT. Then the Blazers will be back in the state of Alabama on Sunday, Oct. 27 for a match at Alabama A&M at 7 p.m. CT.

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