Nov. 1, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A trio of players tallied double-digit kills for the UAB volleyball team, but the Blazers couldn't overcome Tulane's power Friday night. The Green Wave won 3-1 (28-26, 24-26, 25-19, 25-22), out-hitting UAB .240 to .180 on the night.
"It was a good game," said head coach Kerry Messersmith. "Amber (Treace) is continuing to learn and grow every set and I think she made a lot of good decisions tonight. We had some great high points with Ally's (Slaughter) serve and our block was really strong tonight. Tulane is an exceptional team. They are very well coached and very athletic. All things considered, I felt good about how we played them."
UAB (18-10, 5-5 C-USA) put together a balanced performance with 51 kills, 12 blocks and nine aces as a team against Tulane (22-2, 8-1 C-USA). Sophomore Sam Skinner led all players with 19 kills on the night. Juniors Sara Rishell and Bethanie Thomas added 12 and 11 kills, respectively.
Freshman Amber Treace paced the offense with a career-high 43 helpers. Treace also recorded the first double-double of her career grabbing 10 digs as well. The Blazers were a force at the net, with middle blockers Rishell and Hirini each putting down five blocks on the night.
In the first set, UAB called a timeout down 20-15 to the Green Wave. The Green and Gold kept fighting back and tied the set up 24-24 after a kill by Thomas. Both teams traded points back-and-forth, but two kills in a row by Tea Juric gave Tulane the first set win 28-26.
The Blazers bounced back to stay in the match with a hard-fought 26-24 win in the second set. Tulane had taken a 24-23 lead but two-straight kills by Thomas and then a kill by Rishell punctuated a Blazer victory to tie it up 1-1 at the break.
The teams remained close early in the third set, but Tulane was able to pull away with a 9-3 run and held on for the 25-19 win. The fourth set proved to be an exciting one, as Tulane took an early lead and was up 19-12 to force UAB to call a timeout.
The Blazers then put together a 6-0 run that included four-consecutive service aces from senior Ally Slaughter to make it cut Tulane's lead to 21-18. The Green Wave countered with two kills and eventually went on to win the set 25-22 and take the match.
UAB will return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 5 when it hosts Alabama at 7 p.m. CT in Bartow Arena.