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UWA volleyball drops two on second day of Shark Classic

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Continuing play at the 2010 Hyatt Place Shark Classic hosted by Nova Southeastern University, the University of West Alabama volleyball team dropped a pair of matches on Friday to Barry University and No. 17 Minnesota State at Mankato to fall to 2-5 on the season.

The Tigers were swept 3-0 by Barry in the day’s first contest with the Buccaneers taking the three sets by scores of 25-15, 25-16, and 25-14.

UWA featured a balanced offensive attack as Jennifer Campbell, Olivia Drew, Thais Hollerbach, and Angela Sanders each recorded five kills. The team hit at just a .141 clip compared to a torrid .464 hitting percentage for Barry, and West Alabama committed 15 attack errors while BU made just four on the day. The Buccaneers also recorded 11 service aces in the match.

Alexis McHale turned in a team-best 17 assists for the Red and White, and Hollerbach led all players in the match with 10 digs.

In the day’s second match, West Alabama started off on the right foot by taking the first set from the nationally-ranked Mavericks 25-17. The Tigers out-hit the opponent .269 to .067 in the opening frame.

West Alabama continued to attack with authority in the second frame as the team registered a .300 hitting percentage, but MSU rebounded from the opener to hit .364 and take the second set 25-17.

The Tigers stayed close in the third before falling 25-20, but the Mavericks wrapped up the contest in dominating form with a 25-12 fourth set victory. UWA hit -.077 in the final frame while the Mavericks hit at a .385 clip in sealing the tilt.

Each recording nine kills, Drew and Sanders led the way for UWA in the second match. McHale again paced the Tigers as she compiled 21 assists, and Cassie Montgomery joined Hollerbach to lead the team in digs as both collected 12.

West Alabama will finish tournament play on Saturday with a 10 a.m. match against Sunshine State Conference member Lynn University.