Nov. 11, 2009
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The UAB volleyball team is set to close out its regular season with a pair of home matches as the Blazers host Marshall on Thursday and Memphis on Saturday. Both contests are slated for 7 p.m. CT first serves at Bartow Arena.
UAB has won four of its past six matches, but one of those losses came this past Friday at Marshall. When the Blazers and Thundering Herd meet on Thursday, it will be for the second time in six days. Jordan McDonald posted a double-double in the first meeting with 10 kills and 11 digs, but it was not enough to overcome three Marshall players in double-figure kills as the Thundering Herd snapped a three-match UAB winning streak in the series.
The Blazers (15-15, 7-7 C-USA) responded this past Sunday with a 3-1 win at East Carolina and enter Thursday's contest against Marshall in seventh place in the Conference USA standings. UAB, which has already secured a C-USA tournament spot, features five players averaging at least 2.00 kills per set, led by Andrea Lalic at 2.91. The Blazers are the third-best blocking team in the conference with Michelle Uzoh ranking second in the league individually at 1.21 blocks per set.
Marshall (21-7, 9-5 C-USA) is currently tied for fifth in the C-USA standings after a pair of wins last weekend against UAB and Memphis. Emily Sullivan and Elizabeth Herman lead the Thundering Herd attack with 3.46 and 3.21 kills-per-set, respectively. Setter Elizabeth Fleming is among the best in the conference with an 11.20 assists-per-frame average.
Saturday's match with Memphis will serve as UAB's Senior Night as the Blazers will recognize Lalic, Patty Paniagua and Savannah Pegg along with graduating junior Aley Tallman prior to the contest.
Memphis (7-23, 3-12 C-USA) will close out its season with Saturday's match as the Tigers have been eliminated from contention for a spot in the conference tournament. Memphis split two league contests last weekend with a win over East Carolina and a loss to Marshall. Altrese Hawkins has been the top individual performer for the Tigers with 3.10 kills per set and a .286 attack percentage.
UAB and Memphis had their first meeting of the season on Sept. 17 with the Blazers overcoming a two-set deficit on the way to a 3-2 road victory. Sam Serley managed a career-high 19 kills for the Blazers in that match, while setter Alison Woods posted a double-double with 47 assists and 12 digs.
Fans can follow both matches this week through Gametracker live stats and All-Access streaming video online at uabsports.com.