Oct. 3, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – UAB’s volleyball team (12-6, 1-1 C-USA) will continue Conference USA play on the road this weekend. Its first stop will be at East Carolina (7-10, 0-2 C-USA) on Friday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. CT. Then the team will face Middle Tennessee (9-6, 1-1 C-USA) in Murfreesboro, Tenn. on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT.
The Blazers and Pirates will meet for the 22nd time in school history on Friday. UAB currently holds a 16-5 series lead and has won the last nine meetings between the two teams. Most recently, UAB defeated ECU 3-0 in Birmingham.
On Sunday, UAB and Middle Tennessee will face off for the 16th time in school history. The Blazers enter the match with an 11-4 series lead over the Blue Raiders. The teams met twice last season, splitting the matches. Middle Tennessee took the first match 3-0, while UAB defeated the Blue Raiders 3-1 in the second meeting.
So far this season UAB has accumulated 888 kills for an average of 13.25 per set, while serving up 12.22 assists per set. The team is hitting a clip of .255, a mark that ranks second in the conference and 48th in the nation. The Blazers average of 1.36 aces per set is also second among C-USA teams. Defensively, UAB has been solid with a league-best 2.58 blocks per set, while tallying 14.37 digs per set.
Blazers Among the Ranks
Individually, the Blazers have two players that sit atop the league. Senior Becca Howard has dished out 746 assists for an average of 11.13 per set to lead C-USA, while ranking 24th in the nation. Junior Sara Rishell has been dominant at the net, averaging 1.28 blocks per set to lead the conference and is 47th in the country.
Scouting the Pirates
East Carolina has amassed 668 kills to average 11.41 per set, while dishing out an average of 10.81 assists per set. The Pirates are currently sixth in the conference in 15.03 digs per set and holding their opponents to just .187 hitting average. Nicole Willis leads the team in kills with 237 for an average of 4.09 per set.
Scouting the Blue Raiders
Middle Tennessee has put down a total of 665 kills for an average of 12.09 per set so far this season. The Blue Raiders rank fourth in the conference in blocks, averaging 2.48 per set. They are led by Tyler Richardson, a dual-threat, who is averaging 1.22 blocks per set while hitting a clip of .407.