A good week for women’s athletics; Women’s tennis and golf find success in tournaments, Volleyball sweeps Marshall on senior night

By on November 6, 2012

UAB Women’s Golf, Tennis and Volleyball all stepped up as the fall season concludes.

Most students are familiar with UAB Men’s sports; however, several of UAB’S women’s sports teams had fantastic showings at both tournament and regular season matches this week.

The UAB volleyball team continues hot streak, winning 11 of past 12 matches. The Lady Blazers will face two more opponents before the C-USA tournament begins November 16. David McCaw/Staff Writer

The UAB Women’s golf team traveled to the Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club in Gulf Shores, Al, where they finished third place overall in the Fall Beach Blast event Tuesday, October 30.
There were several UAB students who placed at the tournament with the best of those being UAB sophomore Holly Robinson who shot a team-best 13-over 157 as she tied with two others for eighth place.

Sophomore Margaret Yeh shot 15-over 159, finishing in 12th- place, and junior Caitlin Watts tied for 16th shooting 16-over 160. Meanwhile, senior Lindsey Gipson shot 17-over 161 finishing 23rd overall.

Senior Jamie Ritter, who lead the Blazers in the final round of the event, made a hole-in-one to improve her standings, shooting an overall 19-over 163 to finish 28th as freshman Jessica Rouillard finished behind Ritter in 31st place shooting 20-over 164.

“I am pleased with the way we competed this week,” said head coach Kim Wilcox. “A third-place finish in an event like this is a great way to conclude the fall portion of our schedule and gives us plenty to build on as we head to the spring.”

The Blazers will begin their spring season February 25-26, 2013, at the USA Women’s invitational in Mobile, AL.

As the UAB Women’s Golf team concluded their fall season, the UAB Women’s Tennis team wrapped up their season last Sunday as well at the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championship.

UAB sophomore Rachel Daniell shined during singles-play with a quarterfinal win. Daniell played a tough match against Alabama’s Emily Zabor as she made her way to the semifinals of the A division consolation draw. After her win against Zabor, 1-6, 6-3, 11-9, Daniell fell short of the finals as she was bested by Tulane’s Emma Levy, 6-1, 6-3.

Another of Tulane’s players, Jacqui Katz, prevented UAB’s Menandeau Moolman from claiming the B Division consolation singles title as she defeated Moolman in a close 3 set match, 2-6, 6-0, 10-7.
UAB head coach Lisa Jackson said “It’s been great to see the progression of the girls throughout the fall and I know that the girls will continue to improve until we reach the dual match season.”
While the UAB Women’s Golf and Tennis teams concluded their fall seasons last week it was UAB’s Women’s Volleyball team who swept the East Carolina Pirates Friday night at Bartow Arena to secure a spot in the Conference USA Tournament.

The Green and Gold (17-12, 9-4 C-USA) has struggled offensively this season but Friday night they seemed to have their game together both offensively and defensively as they held the Pirates to a 0.081 hitting percentage.

“We served very well tonight and that is something we really struggled with against Tulsa [last week]” UAB’s Women’s head volleyball coach Kerry Messersmith said. “Offensively we played extremely well and I couldn’t be happier with our overall team effort tonight.”

The star of Friday night’s performance against ECU was UAB senior Sam Serley, a middle blocker, who put away 12 kills with only one error out of 16 swings (0.688). During Friday night’s contest Serley reached a milestone with her 400th career block assist and currently has 525 stuffs since joining the team 4 years ago.

UAB’s Athletic department has grown tremendously over the years, adding several new departments and quickly becoming a competitor in each and every sport. Keep watching UAB’s Women’s sports as they continue to improve their standings across the board.

Charles Coleman
Staff Writer

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