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Haley Jared (No. 33) spikes the ball against Southern Miss’s defense in their game on Nov. 3 in Bartow Arena.
Photo by Lakyn Shepard/Staff Photographer


The UAB volleyball team squared off with conference rival University of Southern Mississippi.

The Lady Blazers began the first set of the match with back and forth scores. The game was seven to seven when the Golden Eagles scored three-straight points to take a 10 to seven lead. Both teams traded scores until Southern Miss built a 19 to 12 lead. The Lady Blazers tried to rally, but fell 25 to 22.

UAB had 12 kills to Southern Miss’s 15. The Golden eagles committed more errors with five than the four of UAB. The Golden Eagles had a higher hitting percentage with a .312 to the Lady Blazers’ .276.

The second set began with the lady Blazers rushing to a six to three lead. However, the Golden Eagles stormed back to tie the set and then took a nine to seven lead. The lady Blazers fought back and took a 14 to 12 lead and then extended that lead to five points. The Golden Eagles then scored five straight to tie the game at 19. UAB took a 22 to 21 lead. Southern Miss responded with a 26 to 24 victory to take a 2-0 lead for the match.

The lady Blazers outkilled Southern Miss 13 to seven but committed three more errors than the Golden Eagles. UAB had a higher hitting percentage with a .049 to Southern Miss’s -.030.

The lady Blazers looked to keep Southern Miss from winning in straight sets in the third set. However, the Golden Eagles had other plans. Southern Miss jumped out to a quick four to one lead. UAB was never able to get closer than a three-point deficit for the rest of the set. The Golden Eagles won the final set 25 to 19 and swept the lady Blazer 3-0 for the match.

The Golden Eagles amassed 20 kills to UAB’s 10 in the final set. The lady Blazers committed two errors to Southern Miss’s five. Southern Miss had a higher hitting percentage at .341 to UAB’s .222.

UAB was led by senior Haley Jared with nine kills. Senior Erika Zembyla contributed eight kills and one block, junior Victoria Young chipped in seven kills, three blocks and a service ace and redshirt senior Gabby Deshotel had six kills.

UAB takes on Florida Atlantic University Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. for senior night.

Connor Gentry can be reached at zcgentry@uab.edu and on Twitter @Kscope_sports.

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