Aug. 15, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- For the second consecutive year, middle blocker Sam Serley has been selected to the 11-member Preseason All-Conference USA Volleyball Team, announced by the league office on Wednesday.
Serley is coming off an impressive junior campaign where she was named All-C-USA first team, All-Midwest Region first team and AVCA All-America honorable mention. It marked the second straight season she earned All-America honors, becoming only the second player in program history to earn the distinct honor on more than one occasion.
Both offensively and defensively, Serley proved to be an important piece in 2011 that saw the Blazers win 23 matches and finish second in the league standings. Serley finished third in the conference in both blocks per set (1.31) and hitting percentage (.351) and also averaged 2.43 kills per frame.
Entering her final season in Green and Gold, Serley ranks in the top 10 in UAB history for career hitting percentage (third), total blocks (fourth) block assists (sixth) and solo blocks (seventh). She also sits in the top 25 in the C-USA record books in hitting percentage, blocks per set and total blocks.
In addition to the preseason team being announced, the coaches poll was also released. UAB, which finished tied for second place with Rice in 2011, was projected to finish fourth in the league behind defending league champion Tulsa, UCF and the Owls.
The Blazers return six starters and 10 letterwinners from a 2011 team that tied the program record for league wins in a season (13) and posted an impressive 13-match win streak.
UAB opens the season on Fri., August 24 in Murfreesboro, Tenn., as part of the Blue Raider Bash hosted by Middle Tennessee State. The Blazers start the tournament by playing UTSA at 2:30 p.m.
Preseason All-Conference USA Team
Altrese Hawkins, Memphis, OH
Nancy Cole, Rice, MB
Megan Murphy, Rice, S
Courtney Manning, SMU, MB
Cori Martone, Tulane, MB/OH
Jessica Adams, Tulsa, DS/L
Tyler Henderson, Tulsa, OH
Diana Silva, Tulsa, OH
Sam Serley, UAB, MB
Angelica Crump, UCF, OH
Xitali Herrera, UTEP, MB
Preseason Player of the Year: Tyler Henderson, Tulsa
Preseason Coaches Poll