Tulsa Clips Blazers, 3-0

Rachel Fairbanks posted 23 digs for the Blazers

Oct. 28, 2012

Box Score

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- The UAB volleyball team lost for the first time in October on Sunday afternoon, falling at Tulsa, 3-0 (23-25, 17-25, 16-25).  The loss snapped a nine match win streak for the Blazers, which included seven consecutive victories against Conference USA opponents.

UAB (16-12, 8-4 C-USA) hosts a pair of league games this upcoming weekend to close out the home schedule for the 2012 season.  The Blazers will take on East Carolina on Friday at 7 p.m. CT, prior to playing Marshall at 1 p.m. CT on Sunday.

In the loss, UAB’s Rachel Fairbanks did a standout job at the libero position.  The Katy, Texas native posted 23 digs in three sets and added a pair of kills to her stat line.

Also producing a strong performance was middle blocker Sam Serley.  The senior rocketed 10 kills on 21 swings and committed only one error for a .429 hitting clip.  In addition, Serley swatted six blocks, including two solo stuffs.

The Blazers only hit .102 for the match, committing a total of 17 errors on 128 swings on the attacking side.

“We just never could get anything going offensively,” head coach Kerry Messersmith said.  “They served us off the floor and we did not respond well today.”

Tulsa (18-8, 11-1 C-USA) was led by outside hitter Tyler Henderson, who put down a match-high 18 kills. 

The Golden Hurricane defense was very impressive on the afternoon, totaling 77 digs with four players recording 14 or more.  Libero Jessica Adams topped the team with 17, while Jordan Clampitt and Diana Silva posted 16 each.