UAB Volleyball Overpowers Louisiana Tech, 3-0

UABSPORTS.COM Junior Sara Rishell led the Blazers with 10 kills and seven blocks against Louisiana Tech.
Junior Sara Rishell led the Blazers with 10 kills and seven blocks against Louisiana Tech.

Nov. 10, 2013

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RUSTON, La. - UAB's volleyball team held Louisiana Tech to -.010 hitting percentage in a 3-0 sweep. The Blazers put down nine blocks in the straight-set win Sunday afternoon.

UAB improved to 19-12 (6-6 C-USA) on the season, while Louisiana Tech fell to 7-20 (1-11 C-USA). Junior Sara Rishell put together a solid match as she led the Blazers in kills (10) and blocks (7). Her hitting percentage of  .529 was a new career-best and also led the team.

Fellow Junior Kiriana Hirini added eight kills and hit at a clip of .412 in the win over the Techsters. Hirini also landed a career-high three aces. Freshman Amber Treace dished out 29 helpers and added a kill to help push UAB past La Tech.

Defensively, senior Rachel Fairbanks collected 16 digs to lead all players, and junior Bethanie Thomas grabbed 11.

Louisiana Tech's -.010 attack percentage was tied for it's lowest of the season. The Blazers limited the Techsters to just 22 kills and forced 23 errors on the afternoon.

UAB went on a 12-2 run in the first set to take a 13-5 lead. Louisiana Tech tried to come back with a 6-0 run to close the gap to 24-18, but the Blazers held on to their lead and took the first set win 25-18.

The second set proved to be more difficult for UAB, as Louisiana Tech took an 18-15 lead forcing the Blazers to take a timeout. They quickly got back on track with two-straight points and closed out the set with a 5-0 run to win 25-20 and take a 2-0 lead into the break.

With the third set tied 10-10, the Blazers went on a 10-1 run that was capped off by an ace from Hirini. The teams battled back-and-forth but UAB remained in control of the set and held on to take a 25-19 win and complete the sweep of the Techsters.

The Blazers return home for their final regular-season games when they host Rice on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. CT and then Charlotte on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 12 p.m. CT. Friday's match has been designated as senior night.

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