Nov. 13, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- A trio of UAB volleyball players in Sam Serley, Rachel Fairbanks and Sam Skinner were named All-Conference USA selections, announced by the league office on Tuesday.
Serley, a senior, was named to the First Team All-C-USA for the second consecutive season, while junior Rachel Fairbanks and redshirt-freshman Sam Skinner each received a nod on the second team all-conference. In addition, Skinner was one of six players named to the all-freshman team and was the only freshman in the league named to either the first or second all-league squads.
Sam Serley, Sr., MB
The Nashville, Tenn., native continues to wrack up the honors in her final season in Green and Gold. Serley topped C-USA in both hitting percentage (.384 overall/.391 C-USA) and blocks/set (1.41 overall/1.49 C-USA ) in both overall and league games only.
Most recently, Serley reset the UAB record book, swatting her 548th block against Southern Miss over the weekend to break a record that was set back in 1992. She is just five blocks shy of resetting the single season record for blocks in a season. She also sits fourth all-time in C-USA with 550 career blocks.
Furthermore, Serley is just the second player in UAB history to reach both 1,000 kills and 500 blocks in a career.
Rachel Fairbanks, Jr., L
For her career, Serley has been named to an all-conference team every season as a Blazer:
2012 – First Team All-C-USA
2011 – First Team All-C-USA
2010 – Second Team All-C-USA
2009 – C-USA All-Freshman Team
Fairbanks has flourished in the back row in her first year as the UAB libero. She finished second overall in C-USA in digs per set, averaging an even five and totaling 615 digs in 123 sets of game action.
The Katy, Texas native posted seven matches of 25-plus digs and committed just five reception errors in conference play. In addition, Fairbanks ranked 15th in aces per set (0.22).
Entering the C-USA Tournament, Fairbanks is just 17 digs shy of breaking Heather Thomas’ single-season digs record of 631, set last season. Fairbanks is only the second player in school history to eclipse 600 digs in a season.
Fairbanks was also awarded the league’s defensive player of the week award on two occasions this season.
Sam Skinner, R-Fr., OH
Skinner really found her stride in conference play, where she was the only freshman to finish in the top 20 in C-USA in kills (2.96) and points (3.54) per set. She competed in all 16 league matches and rocketed 10 or more kills in 12 overall matches. She also collected four double-doubles in her first year as a Blazer.
Skinner, who was a weapon on the outside for the Blazers, posted a career day in a five-set match vs. SMU at Bartow Arena back on Oct. 25. The Birmingham native posted career highs in both kills (22) and digs (16).