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Alabama Athletics | September 12, 2018

DII volleyball: Alabama Huntsville upsets No. 10 West Florida for first victory over a ranked opponent since 2016

UAH Athletics DII volleyball

HUNTSVILLE | The University of Alabama in Huntsville volleyball team upended No. 10 West Florida on Tuesday evening at Kelly Court at Spragins Hall by a final score of 3-1 (15-25, 27-25, 26-24, 25-17) to open Gulf South Conference play for the 2018 season. UAH improves to 10-2 (1-0 GSC), while UWF dips to 8-4 (0-1 GSC).

Turning Point

After knotting the match at 1-1 with a 27-25 win in the second, UAH trailed 24-23 late in the third set before turning the tables with three straight points to take a 2-1 advantage on the way to the four-set victory over UWF.

Inside the Action

  • West Florida opened the contest with a 25-15 win over UAH in the first set, with the Argos winning the frame on a 6-3 run in the final nine points.
  • The Chargers trailed late in the second set 25-24 before the squad recorded three consecutive points to take the second set 27-25 and knot the match at 1-1.
  • UAH again fought from behind in the third set as the Chargers utilized a late 3-0 swing – including a pair of key kills by Jordan Grammer – which put UAH ahead 2-1 on a 26-24 win in the frame.
  • The Chargers momentum carried into the fourth stanza as the squad opened the set with a 12-5 run en route to a 25-17 win in the frame for the four-set victory.

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Inside the Box Score

  • Grammer paced the UAH offense with 13 kills on a .400 hitting percentage for the match while also rating second on the roster with six total blocks.
  • Three Chargers reached double-digit kills in the win as Isabelle Barnes and Abby Brooks joined Grammer in double-figures with 11 kills each. Both Barnes and Brooks had hitting percentages of .230 or higher for the match.
  • Barnes paced the defensive end with nine total blocks in addition to chipping in two assists and one service ace.
  • Sabrina Duncan finished with a double-double with a match-high 40 assists and 11 digs. Duncan additionally had two service aces.
  • Haley Hop recorded a team-high 17 scoops, followed by Duncan with 11 and Lorah Yonce with 10.
  • Anna LeDuc finished with a team-high three service aces.
  • Seven Chargers had at least two kills while eight UAH players had two digs or more.
  • UAH held West Florida to a .167 hitting percentage.

Noteworthy

  • This is UAH's first win over a nationally-ranked opponent since a 3-1 win over No. 22 Florida Southern on Oct. 15, 2016.
  • UAH has won its GSC opener for the past five seasons.
  • The Chargers are now on an eight-match win streak, having lost just one set during the streak.

MORE: 6 storylines for the 2018 season 

Next time out

UAH hits the road this weekend with matches on Friday at Christian Brothers and Saturday at Union.

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