Sept. 5, 2004
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - The UAB volleyball team dropped a pair of matches Saturday at the 2004 University of Evansville Invitational. The Blazers lost a 30-28, 30-13, 30-25 decision to Chicago State in the first match of the day and fell to tournament host Evansville 30-24, 30-16, 30-26 in the final match of the tournament.
Against Evansville, junior outside hitter Isabel Oquendo led UAB (0-4) with 14 kills, five digs and two total blocks while hitting for .323. Freshman outside hitter Charli Lindley added 10 kills, two service aces and four digs for the Blazers. Sophomore setter Jenna Link posted 18 assists in the match.
Evansville (2-1) was led by sophomore all-tournament team selection Megan Spurlock who had a match-high 15 kills while hitting for .448 and recording 13 digs and four total blocks. Freshmen setters Elaine Walroth and Ericka Duckworth each posted 22 assists for the Purple Aces, who finished second at the tournament.
In the Blazers' first match of the day, sophomore middle blocker Cassi Ociesa had nine points on five kills and five total blocks to lead UAB. Link and sophomore setter Kaitlyn Filar added 21 and 11 assists respectively. Filar also recorded six points on five kills for UAB.
Senior outside hitter and all-tournament team selection Stacey Cole led Chicago State with 14 kills, three service aces and 10 digs. Sophomore setter Kelly Klotter had 21 assists and freshman setter Catherine Everist added 18 assists for Chicago State.
Sophomore libero Brianna Galvin was UAB's lone representative on the all-tournament team. Galvin played in every game of the tournament, notching 41 digs for the Blazers.
"We had some young players step out on the court and do some really nice things," said UAB head coach Melinda Claiborne. "Charli and Isabel really carried a load. Brianna had a really steady tournament.
"The team continues to have a great attitude and continues to work really hard. We got some very valuable experience with these young players. They are starting to piece some things together. We are looking forward to having an opportunity to play at home next week."
Belmont won the tournament after posting a perfect 3-0 record for the weekend. Chicago State finished third and UAB, who was playing without top returning starter, junior outside hitter Breanne Swenson, placed fourth.
UAB returns home to Bartow Arena to host the UAB Invitational Friday-Saturday. Friday, UAB will face Stephen F. Austin at 7 p.m. and Saturday, the Blazers meet in-state foe Alabama A&M at 1 p.m. and close the tournament against Murray State at 7 p.m.
Sophomore middle blocker Cassi Ociesa had nine points on five kills and five total blocks in UAB's 3-0 loss to Chicago State.