Each year, the Blazer Bowl Trophy is presented to the team that demonstrates “championship effort and attitude.” Volleyball displayed these qualities by earning the most points toward five commitment areas which reflect UAB Championship Culture: Academic Excellence, Athletic Excellence, Personal/Career Development, Community Service, and supporting fellow Blazers.
These dedicated Blazers scored 3,318 points, greatly surpassing the program average of 1,697 points. A fall and spring team GPA of 3.0 and a new team GPA record earned the ladies Academic Excellence points.
The Blazer volleyball team excelled athletically with four all-conference honors and Rachel Fairbanks (Class of 2014) winning C-USA Libero of the year.
The UAB volleyball team gave 150 hours of their time to community service. The Food Allergy Walk, Hands on Birmingham (MLK Service), Volunteer Coaching, Literacy Night at Leeds Elementary, Dr. Seuss Birthday Reading, and the Rumpshaker 5K are just some examples of hours put toward supporting the Birmingham community.
Blazers supporting Blazers is designed to promote and encourage student-athletes to support their fellow Blazers. The UAB volleyball team earned close to half of their points attending other Blazer competitions.
“The UAB volleyball team is a stellar example of sportsmanship toward peers, hard work in the classroom and on the court, and overall positive development as student-athletes,” said Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development Justin Mackey.
The Blazer Bowl Trophy was awarded to the volleyball team at the Student-Athlete Welcome Back event on August 24th.
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