Volleyball Cruises Past UAB, 3-0|
Nov. 28, 2008
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The University of Cincinnati volleyball team used a match-high 14 kills by senior Jessica Elley (Gilbert, Ariz./Gilbert) to defeat the UAB Blazers in three sets (25-16, 25-23, 25-18) Friday evening at Bartow Arena. Cincinnati (26-6) recorded more blocks, more digs, and hit a higher percentage than UAB (25-7) to earn the team's sixth consecutive road win.
UC got off to a fast start in the opening set as four kills by freshman Missy Harpenau (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mother of Mercy), and a solo block and a kill by senior Jessie Nevitt (Kennesaw, Ga./Kennesaw Mountain) led the Bearcats to a 10-5 lead. The Blazers fought back and took six of the next seven points to tie the set at 11 apiece. Tied at 13-13, kills by sophomore Stephanie Niemer (Erlanger, Ky./St. Henry), Nevitt, and Elley highlighted a 12-3 run that gave the Bearcats a 25-16 win.
After falling behind 5-1 early in the second set, UC used a pair of kills by Elley and Harpenau to battle back and tie the set at 8-8. Despite the early comeback, the Blazers re-established a four-point lead as late as 20-16, before the Bearcats rallied. Trailing by four points, 16-20, two kills by Elley, an UAB attack error, and a freshman Kelsey Brandl (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North) service ace tied the set at 20-20. Three ties ensued, with the last at 23-23, before a service ace and a kill by Nevitt gave UC a 25-23 second-set triumph, sending the Bearcats into the intermission up two sets to none.
The third set was close out of the gates as UC led by just one point, 11-10. A kill by Brandl, a kill by Elley, followed by two Niemer kills widened the Cincinnati lead to five points, 15-10, forcing UAB to use its first timeout of the set. With its five-point lead still intact, 20-15, a kill by Niemer and a block by Niemer and Nevitt gave Cincinnati its largest lead of the set, 22-15. In front 24-18, a block by Niemer and Brandl ended the third set, 25-18.
Elley led the way with 14 kills on 23 attempts making just three errors en route to a .478 hitting percentage. Niemer added 12 kills, while Harpenau finished with nine kills and 13 digs. Junior Jaime Frey (Cincinnati, Ohio/Roger Bacon) finished with a team-best 14 digs.