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Women’s volleyball opens the season winning three out of four
The UAB volleyball team opened the 2013 season at home this weekend with the UAB/Samford Volleyball Challenge which ran from Friday, Aug. 30 through Saturday Aug. 31.
“We are certainly excited to host this tournament to start the season,” said Coach Kerry Messersmith. “We were on the road four weekends in a row last year, our first four weekends, so we are excited to have a tournament at home and really excited to be able to get a team like Minnesota to come. It will be great to have that caliber team in our gym.”
The first game of the tournament turned into a 3-0 UAB victory against Mercer on Friday morning at Bartow Arena.
“We got our first win under our belt,” head coach Kerry Messersmith stated. “We were very aggressive and that is what we wanted to do. We came out and served aggressive. We changed our philosophy a little bit with our serving. We missed too many, but still served very aggressive and was able to keep them out of system most of the day.”
Junior Kiriana Hirini matched her career-best record with 13 kills on the day as well as four blocks against Mercer. In her first match on the UAB squad, Sara Rishell tallied 10 kills and registered a team-best .471 attacking percentage. Senior Rachel Fairbanks led the squad with 15 digs and shared the team-lead with two serving aces.
“I am really proud of our consistency,” Messersmith concluded. “We have a long, long way to go, but I think we have had a good start.”
That Friday night, the Blazers faced off against the Minnesota Golden Gophers, a remarkably high caliber volleyball team. Although the Blazers lost this game, head coach Kerry Messersmith was not disappointed in the ladies’ strong efforts.
“I was pleased with how the girls played againt Minnesota,” said Messersmith. “I thought the effort was very good. Obviously Minnesota is huge. I don’t know if we will see a block like that in conference, but I am very proud of the fight the girls put up and I think they had great effort.”
Leading the Green and Gold was sophomore Sam Skinner, 2012 C-USA Freshman of the Year. Skinner tallied 17 kills to just six errors in the three set match against Minnesota to lead all players.
“Obviously Sam Skinner had a fantastic night,” remarked Messersmith. “It just shows you what kind of athlete she is and what it takes to compete against one of best teams in the country.”
The Green and Gold held on to their fighting spirit through the weekend onto Saturday and defeated Presbyterian 3-0 as well as JSU 3-1.
“I thought we played pretty well this weekend,” said Head Coach Kerry Messersmith. “Anytime your middle blockers can have 22 and 18 kills in one game is a good sign. Out setter did an outstanding job today passing the ball today too.”
“We’ve got a ways to go before we are the team that we can be,” remarked Messersmith, “but I think this weekend was a great start and we know the things we need to work on.”
UAB will be back in action this week when they host Samford on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 7:00 pm CT in Bartow Arena.
[Story courtesy of uabsports.com]