Oct. 29, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Senior Ally Slaughter led the UAB volleyball team over Alabama State Tuesday night in Bartow Arena. The Blazers defeated the Hornets, 3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-17).
Slaughter put down 11 kills with no errors for a career-best .647 attack percentage. Juniors Bethanie Thomas and Sara Rishell each added nine kills and sophomore Lindsay Simmons tallied a career-high seven kills to push the Blazers past Alabama State.
"It is kind of a work in progress," said head coach Kerry Messersmith. "We did a nice job serving tonight. I think that was probably our strength. I am happy the girls took care of the ball offensively and didn't make a lot of unforced errors. I'm really proud of their effort. With the adversity that we have gone through the last several days, they are handling it well and doing well."
UAB improved to 18-9 (5-4 C-USA) with its second-straight sweep, while Alabama State fell to 16-14 (4-1 SWAC). As a team, UAB handled the ball very well offensively, recording its second-best hitting percentage of the season at .392.
Freshman Amber Treace ran the offense for the Blazers, dishing out 35 assists on the night. Treace also made some key attacks at the net to tally a career-best four kills in the win.
"Amber (Treace) gets better every set and that is kind of what our goal is right now," remarked Messersmith. "She did a nice job of distributing the ball. We don't have as much consistency in the middle as we would like, but that will come. She is working hard in practice and she did a nice job tonight."
The Blazers continued to be solid behind the service line, landing seven aces on the night. Senior Rachel Fairbanks collected 10 digs and junior Kiriana Hirini added four blocks to lead the defensive effort.
UAB will return to action on Friday, Nov. 1 as it hosts Conference USA opponent Tulane at 7 p.m. in Bartow Arena.