UAB Faces North Texas This Weekend

BIRMINGHAM- The UAB volleyball team plays two matches against the North Texas Mean Green this weekend, October 15-16. Both matches will be played in Bartow Arena. 
 
UAB (8-8, 3-1) vs North Texas (11-8, 4-2) 
Oct. 15 | 6.p.m | Bartow Arena 
 
UAB vs North Texas
Oct. 16 | 1 p.m. | Bartow Arena
 
Weekend Preview 
 
UAB is looking to find some consistency in the win column after splitting two matches this past weekend versus UTSA. Outside hitter Fernanda Maida is currently 3rd in the nation in points per set (5.66) Alex Kells is averaging 3.49 kills per set, and Lidya Canturk is averaging 6.05 assists per set. This weekend’s matches will feature a battle of two of the top hitters in all of college volleyball. “We look forward to hosting two matches this weekend against North Texas and are excited to be back in Bartow.” Said Coach Betsy Freeburg. “North Texas is coming off a 4 match CUSA win streak with Rhett Robinson currently sitting at #2 in the NCAA in Kills/Set and #2 in NCAA in Points/Set. Fernanda Maida is currently #5 in the NCAA in Kills/Set and #3 in the NCAA in Points/Set. It’s not every day you have the chance to see a match up with some of the most prolific attackers in the NCAA, so there should be some exciting volleyball. We anticipate two hard fought matches between the #2 and #3 teams in the West.” The Blazers will look to keep up with North Texas with their own offensive firepower, as well as the defensive efforts of Erin Powers, who is averaging 4.02 digs per set.
 
Scouting the Mean Green
As Coach Freeburg mentioned, North Texas is led by their Senior Outside Hitter, Rhett Robinson. She is currently ranked just ahead of Fernanda Maida in points per set (5.75). Defensively, the Mean Green are paced by Henrianna Ibarra, who has 265 digs on the year, as well as Sarah Haeussler, who has 85 blocks this season. As a team, North Texas is hitting .245%. 
 
Marketing Promotions
Friday’s match is Daddy Daughter night. Dads and daughters who attend Friday’s match will receive buy one get one free tickets. After the match, there will be an autograph session with the team. Since it is Friday night, UAB will also be giving out vouchers to the first 40 students for one free popcorn and unlimited free drinks from concessions with a valid OneCard. 
 
Due to the recent surge of COVID-19 and updated CDC guidance, UAB will require face masks indoors on campus – regardless of vaccine status – effective Thursday, July 29. Individuals can briefly unmask while eating or drinking.
 
Volleyball season tickets are available by purchasing the 2021-22 Gold Card for $65. This exclusive offer grants admission to all UAB men’s and women’s soccer, baseball, women’s basketball, and softball games in addition to all volleyball home contests. Complete the Gold Card Request Form or contact the UAB Ticket Office at (205) 975-UAB1 for more details.
 
For more information on the UAB volleyball team, follow @UAB_VB on Twitter and Instagram.
 

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