Coaches Corner With Kerry Messersmith

Oct. 12, 2006

UAB Volleyball Fans,

After five consecutive road matches it will be nice to play at home this weekend as we host SMU and Tulsa. SMU is one of the few teams in conference to have a winning record on the road, which should make for a great match Friday night. Current Conference USA leader Tulsa is coming off their first conference loss of the season, so they will be tough competition on Sunday.

Last week was definitely a learning experience for our young team. We traveled to Atlanta and defeated a very sound Georgia State team by playing very fundamental volleyball. We passed well, played good defense and had an overall impressive performance that led to our victory. Friday night against East Carolina our girls proved that we cannot win in this league without playing with emotion. East Carolina is a good team that was able to use our lack of emotion to their strength. They beat us 3-1 and gave us a lot to think about on our way to Marshall. Our match against Marshall on Sunday seemed to be the exact opposite of Friday night. We played the entire match with emotion and intensity and fell just short of defeating the defending conference champions on their home court. Even though we lost the match, it was good to see how well we can play when our players have a passion to win.

Don't forget about our pre-game tailgate Friday night before the SMU match!!! Gang Green is putting on an awesome tailgate starting at 5:30 p.m. continuing up until the start of our match. Fans are welcome to come out and enjoy free food and drinks, while enjoying the entertainment and giveaways to get ready for our match against the Mustangs. We look forward to seeing you there!!

Until next week,


Kerry Messersmith