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- UAB’s Alys Stephens Center presents Yo-Yo Ma Dec. 6
- Southern Miss tops Blazers, 62-27, in season ending game
- Henry Panion selected for 2014 Alabama African-American History Calendar
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Volleyball – UAB bests Southern Miss in five-setter (Photos)
Updated–In a grueling five-set match, UAB’s volleyball team (12-5) beat Southern Miss (9-7) Friday, September 27, in its conference opener.
UAB had a solid first set, winning 25-16 with sophomore Sam Skinner finishing off the set with two aces. The Blazers also had more than twice as many kills as Southern Miss in the first game (16-7).
Southern Miss took the second set, with the Blazers close behind, 25-23. This time the Golden Eagles led kills 21-17.
The two teams stayed close throughout the rest of the match. UAB took the third set 25-22, and Southern Miss won the fourth with the same score. Only in the final set did the Blazers break away from the Golden Eagles, taking a seven-point lead early on and finishing 15-8.
Head coach Kerry Messersmith described the match as “offensively . . . probably the strongest night we’ve had this year.”
“We’ve struggled kind of getting our outsides going, and I think they did a nice job tonight, all of them,” Messersmith said. “So really, really proud of our offensive effort.”
Skinner led the team in kills, recording 20 for the night. Junior Sara Rishell was a close second with 18 kills. Juniors Bethanie Thomas, Kiriana Hirini, and senior Ally Slaughter also recorded double-digit kills with 15, 12, and 10 respectively.
“It’s really exciting though to know that I had that many kills, but also to know that my team was right there behind me,” Skinner said. “A lot of other people had almost just as many as I did. It says a lot about how our team operates. They distribute the ball really well, and everyone plays a part. So it’s really exciting.”
UAB led Southern Miss in kills (76-63) and aces (8-2), but Messersmith wasn’t completely satisfied with the win.
“We were just extremely inconsistent,” she said. “The two sets we lost just dug ourselves a big hole early on and just could never dig our way out. I think a couple of those two games we probably really didn’t start playing until we hit 16, 17 points.”
The Blazers recorded their twelfth victory of the season in UAB’s Cancer Awareness Match. The game was played in remembrance of former assistant volleyball coach and Messersmith’s late husband Hal Messersmith, who died of colon cancer this past summer. A crowd of 425 people came out to support the cause, and players and fans of both teams sported purple shirts with the words “Fight like Hal” on them.
Photos by Kyle Thompson.