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UAB volleyball falls to Rice, 3-0, Friday night
The UAB volleyball team fell to Rice, 3-0, at Bartow Arena on Friday, November 15.
With the win, Rice improved to a 10-18 record, while UAB recorded its 13th loss of the season. Both teams were 6-7 in conference play after Friday night’s match.
In the first set, UAB pulled ahead 17-13, but Rice came back to tie the score 21-21. Then the Owls had a 4-0 run to win the set 25-21.
Rice dominated the second set, quickly getting a 4-0 lead. The Blazers couldn’t manage to catch up and lost the set 25-12.
In the third set, UAB fell behind again, but the team fought back with a 6-0 run to get an 18-16 lead. The set was tied at 23-23 when Rice’s freshman Chelsea Harris led her team to match point with a kill. A block from senior Mariah Riddlesprigger gave the Owls the victory.
“We didn’t come out with any kind of energy at all in the first one-and-a-half sets,” head coach Kerry Messersmith said. “By that time Rice had developed momentum and Rice is a good team. They have gone through some adversity this year but they have great coaches and some great players. You have to jump out on a team like that from the very start and we just didn’t do it.”
Despite the loss, UAB did have some standout performances that night. Offensively, the Blazers were led by junior Sara Rishell and senior Ally Slaughter who each had 12 kills. Slaughter also had 16 digs, marking her second double-double this season. Senior Becca Howard collected 22 assists, and freshman Amber Treace tallied 17. Three players, including Slaughter, had double digit digs. Senior Rachel Fairbanks had 21 and junior Bethanie Thomas took 15.