TUSCALOOSA, ALA. – Junior Kelly Kirby tallied 16 kills to lead the Furman volleyball team to a 3-1 (20-25, 25-21, 25-16, 26-24) victory over UAB in the first round of the Bama Bash Friday morning in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
The Blazers jumped out to an early lead in set one, building a 24-15 advantage before the Paladins reeled off five straight points to pull within four. UAB then scored the deciding point for the first set win. Furman roared back, winning set two 25-21 and set three 25-16. In the fourth set the two teams battled to a 24-24 tie before the Paladins put together two straight points for the 26-24 victory to take the match win.
Freshman Sarah McCarthy paced the team with 36 assists, and rookie Elle Ross recorded a team-high 21digs. Sophomore Natalie Braun had 13 kills and 17 digs in the effort, while fellow sophomore Chandler Ambrester added 11 kills and three service aces.
"We were definitely stayed mentally tough in the last game to pull through for the win," said Kelly, who also recorded 14 digs, 14 assists, and six blocks in the match. "There are some areas of our game that we need to work on before we face Alabama tonight, but we are fully capable of winning tonight's match."
Furman (2-2) will face Alabama tonight at 8 p.m. in the second round of the Bama Bash in Tuscaloosa, Ala.