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Tulsa comes from behind, beating UAB volleyball 3-2 (photos)
In their second five-setter of the weekend, UAB lost to Tulsa, 3-2, on Sunday, September 29.
UAB fell behind early on in the first set. Down 16-21, UAB took a timeout and came back strong. The Blazers tied the score at 24-24, and the teams fought for a two-point lead.
Ten points later, UAB won the first set 30-28.
“I was definitely tired,” said sophomore Bethanie Thomas about the set. “This is the most I’ve sweated all season, so it definitely made like the all-around plays really tiring.”
The Blazers came out much more aggressively in the second set. Tulsa called a timeout when they were down 10-6 and later 16-11, but UAB continued to control the game. Eventually Tulsa was able to catch up, but UAB took the set 25-23.
After the break between the second and third sets, Tulsa came out ferociously. The Blazers looked taken aback by their opponent’s tenacity, and Tulsa dominated the third set, winning 25-12.
Head coach Kerry Messersmith described the team as inconsistent, saying the players have “some confidence issues.”
“It’s not our physical ability that’s hurting us right now. It’s our mental ability,” she said.
UAB made a real effort to finish off the match in the fourth set, but Tulsa was too strong, wining 25-22.
Both teams and the crowd were tense as the fifth set started. Tulsa got ahead 6-1, and the lead helped to boost the Golden Hurricane’s confidence. It looked like Tulsa would run away with the set, but UAB continued to put up a fight.
Tulsa called a timeout when UAB had brought the score up to 10-12. But the Blazers took the lead afterwards, scoring four consecutive points. UAB then had two match points, but couldn’t capitalize on either of them.
At 14-14, the crowd got up and stood watching the court anxiously. Tulsa also had two match points and was able to finish it off, 17-15.
“We came out and handled them not well, but beat them in two. To let a team then turn around and beat you in three is unthinkable,” Messersmith said.
She said her team showed “a lot of heart in the fifth game.”
“We started off really hard,” Thomas agreed. “The first two games we won, and then they came back the third game. That kind of surprised us, and we fought really hard, but in the end, they just got that last kill.”
“That’s something that we’ve done,” Messersmith said. “We dig ourselves a hole and have to climb out of it. And we do a good job trying to climb out, but we’ve already dug it so deep, it’s tough to climb out of it.”
After UAB’s victory over Southern Miss on Friday, sophomore Sam Skinner predicted the Tulsa match would be difficult.
“Tulsa is going to be hard match, I feel,” Skinner said. “They’ve won the conference the last two years . . . It’s definitely going to be hard work to take that team down.”
Despite a great offensive effort, it proved to be too hard a match for UAB.
Tulsa had eight aces to UAB’s four and also led in kills, 78-69.
Thomas led the Blazers in kills, recording 22 in the match.
Messersmith said Thomas’ performance was one positive result of the match.
“She had a phenomenal weekend, and that’s who we know that Bethany (Thomas) is,” she said. “Hopefully, it’s given Bethany some self-confidence.”
Thomas said she felt like she played “like my normal self,” admitting that she struggled some in pre-season but feels like she’s back on track.
Three other UAB players scored double-digit kills: Skinner, 19; junior Kiriana Hirini, 15; and junior Sara Rishell, 10. Messersmith said the team needs to work on its defense.
UAB goes on the road for its next four matches. The Blazers will return to Bartow Arena on October 18 to play North Texas at 7 p.m.