LAFAYETTE, La. - The Southern Miss volleyball team captured a pair of three-set wins over Southern (25-13, 25-16, 25-12) and Nicholls State (25-19, 25-12, 25-15) on Saturday in the Sawyer Camillo Classic.
Southern Miss improved to 6-2 overall and finished second in the tournament.
In the second match of the day, the Golden Eagles downed Nicholls State in three as Purdue and Hayward collected 13 and 12 kills, respectively. Purdue added 16 digs in posting a double-double. Pfefferle also added 18 digs. Fleming and Rademakers had 23 and 14 assists, respectively.
Southern Miss finished the match with 42 kills on .226 hitting and recorded 6.0 team blocks.
Southern Miss put together a strong start against Nicholls, scoring 10 of the first 14 points. Nicholls battled back to 16-12 before the Black and Gold regrouped to finish strong for a 25-19 win.
The second set belong entirely to Southern Miss as the Golden Eagles raced to a 25-12 win. Southern Miss put down 15 kills while hold Nicholls to just seven. The Golden Eagles out-hit Nicholls .294 to .030.
The teams battled early before Southern Miss was able to put together an 11-5 run to taking an 18-12 lead. The Golden Eagles then closed out the set on a 7-3 run for the 25-15 win.
Stephanie Tobison and Kaci Eaton tallied eight kills each while Eaton added 10 digs for a double-double and Kalynn Egea recorded 18 digs.
Against Southern, sophomore Stephany Purdue led all players with a match-high 10 kills while junior Quinci Hayward added nine kills. Senior setter Kristen Fleming and sophomore Makareta Rademakers combined for 34 assists. Senior Alex Pfefferle picked up 12 digs. Southern Miss finished the match with a .262 hitting clip while Southern finished with a .000 hitting percentage.
Southern Miss bolted out to an 8-1 lead and never look back. The Golden Eagles recorded 14 kills on .276 hitting. Seven players recorded at least one kill. Southern Miss took the first set 25-13.
The team battled to a 6-6 tie to start the second set. Southern Miss then scored four of the next five points for a 10-7 lead. Southern Miss fought back to tie the set at 10-10. From there, the Golden Eagles put together a 10- 5 run, taking a 20-15 lead and closing out the set with a 25-16 win.
The third set began with five ties and four lead changes before Southern Miss rattled off five straight points for the 10-5 lead. The Jaguars never threatened down the stretch. Southern Miss finished the set strong, scoring the final four of the final six points for the 25-12 win.
Shauntia Carr tallied five kills and Diamond Williams added 13 digs for the Jaguars.
Southern Miss returns to action on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at UNO for a 7 p.m. start.
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