Aug. 30, 2014
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss volleyball team claimed the Southern Miss Invitational crown Saturday after posting a pair of wins against Alabama A&M and Nicholls. The Golden Eagles defeated Alabama A&M 3-0 (25-11, 25-13, 25-16) and concluded with a 3-1 win over Nicholls (25-8, 25-22, 23-25, 25-13).
"Overall, I thought we did a good job," head coach Amanda Berkley said. "I was proud of the way we came back against Nicholls State in that third set, even though we struggled early on and we didn't win it. We able to regroup for that four set and we got the job done. It's still very early and we have a lot of things we need to work on to get better."
Crowell, who earned the tournament MVP, after posting a combined 14 kills and 15 total blocks on the day. Stephany Purdue also earned all-tournament honors after tallying 28 kills, 12 digs and five total blocks. Elise Ames was named to the all-tournament team with 17 kills and seven total blocks.
Quinci Hayward posted 25 kills on the day while Lydia Bonner added 17 kills. Alex Pfefferle had 22 digs, Shelby Russell had 11 digs and Mary Pursell added 17 digs. Kristen Fleming finished the day with 73 total assists.
As a team, the Golden Eagles recorded 107 kills on a .336 hitting clip while picking up 100 digs and 23.0 team blocks. The Eagles' opponents finished with 60 kills on .072 hitting, totaled 64 digs and 8.0 team blocks.
Against Alabama A&M, Southern Miss used a strong hitting performance with .400 hitting to go with 44 kills and 35 digs. Purdue and Hayward posted double digit kills with 14 and 10, respectively. Fleming posted a double-double with 22 assists and 14 digs.
In the night cap, Southern Miss placed four players in double figure kills led by Hayward with 15, Purdue had 14, Ames and Bonner had 11 each. Crowell just missed a double-double with 12 total blocks and nine kills.
Pfefferle, Pursell and Russell total double digit digs with 15, 14 and 10, respectively.
The Golden Eagles took the first set 25-8 while hitting .522 and committing only one attack error. Southern Miss took set two 25-22 with five Eagles posting kills.
Southern Miss dropped the third set 25-23, but battled back from a six point deficit during the set.
The Golden Eagle offense was hitting on all cylinders in the fourth set as Southern Miss finished with 15 kills on .429 hitting.
The Golden Eagles travel to Troy for a match on Monday, Sept. 1 at 1 p.m.