Volleyball still has three weeks left in the season no matter what thanks to a post-Thanksgiving match against Albany, but just three remaining home matches. The match against Albany comes well after the conference tournament, and UB's final MAC home game will be next Thursday, so the team will celebrate its two seniors tonight.
Sable Staller - #5 - OH
Senior Stats: Staller has enjoyed a strong senior season after missing two years to injury: She's one of seven Bulls to play in all 27 matches so far this season. After Cassie Shado, she's second on the team with a .248 hitting percentage, and has the third-most blocks on the team, actually inching past Akeila Lain to lead the team in blocks/per set. The only reason to find dissatisfaction in Staller's season is that she's not getting many swings in attack over the last month after a particularly strong first month.
UB Career: For the most part, this season is it for Sable, who missed all of her sophomore and junior seasons to injuries. As a freshman on a team apparently entirely composed of underclassmen, Staller had 73 kills - including ten in a single match against Ball State - while appearing in 80% of UB's matches.
Before Buffalo: Sable played four years of varsity at Western High School, twice earning All-Conference honors and leading her team in nearly every stat as they went 25-3 her senior year.
Senior Moment: Staller's season high in kills, total swings, and total points came in the second match of the South Florida Invite, when she had ten kills and three blocks to help the Bulls to a four-set win. Sable also had nine kills, an ace, and three blocks against Ball State in October.
Liz Scott - #11 - OH
Senior Stats: Like Staller, Scott has battled injuries during this season and has not appeared in a match for the Bulls since Reed Sunahara came to town.
UB Career: Scott's junior year was shortened by injury, as well, but she did rack up 2.4 kills per set in just 57 sets over the first half of the season while leading the team in hitting percentage. In her sophomore year, Liz was UB's go-to option in attack, leading the team in kills by a wide margin, while also finishing third on the team in both blocks and digs. At the end of the season Scott was named to the All-MAC Second Team, at the time just UB's second-ever All-MAC honoree.
Prior to that successful sophomore year, Scott was part of a three-headed attack for UB in 2011, leading the team with a .252 hitting percentage and accumulating 280 kills.
Before Buffalo: Playing for Section V's Canandaigua, Scott was named First Team All-State her senior year and was a part of the state champion Braves during her junior season.
Senior Moment: Unfortunately, Scott hasn't seen the floor this year, so I'm hopeful that this evening is a good memory for her. In theory, Scott could use this season as a redshirt year, but I'm not sure how common that is in volleyball or if she would want to stick around.
Thank you and congratulations to Sable and Liz for their four years at Buffalo!