MONTGOMERY, Ala. - In the second match of the day, Southern Miss placed four players in double figure kills led by senior Jasmine Crowell with a match-high 20 kills in getting past Southeast Missouri State 3-2 (25-16, 24-26, 25-12, 25-27, 15-10) in the ISTAP Collegiate Cup 2.
Southern Miss improved to 8-3 while SEMO dropped to 4-7. The Golden Eagles finished with 77 kills on .246 hitting, seven aces, 80 digs and 9.0 team blocks while SMEO had 47 kills, three aces, 60 digs and 12.0 team blocks.
In addition to Crowell's 20 kills, Quinci Hayward tallied 16 kills, Stephany Purdue had 15 and Lydia Bonner added 11 kills. Mary Pursell picked up 24 digs as Alex Pfefferle added 15, Makareta Rademakers had 14 digs to go with 21 assists and Purdue had 11 for a double-double.
Southern Miss ran out to a 6-1 lead and never looked back. SMEO did use a 5-1 run to cut the lead to 7-6. The Black and Gold added five straight points to run the score to 12-6. The closest the Redhawks got the reminder of the set was five points as the Golden Eagles took the first set 25-16.
The second set featured 18 ties and eight lead changes as SEMO battled to a 26-24 win. Five Eagles recorded three or more kills but it wasn't enough to hold off the Redhawks.
After battling for the first six points to start the third set, Southern Miss reeled off seven consecutive points for a 10-3 lead. SEMO couldn't get its offense going and the Golden Eagles took advantage in cruising to a 25-12 victory.
Set four mirrored set two as the teams battled throughout the set. Neither team managed more than a two-point advantage. The set had 14 ties and seven lead changes as the Redhawks ended the set on back-to-back blocks for the 27-25 win.
In the final set, Southern Miss ran out to a 5-2 lead before SEMO cut the lead to 6-5. From there, the Golden Eagles scored five-straight points in taking an 11-5 lead. Southeast Missouri then scored three of the next four points to cut the lead to 12-8. Following a Southern Miss timeout, the Golden Eagles finished the set and match scoring three of the next five points for a 15-10 win.
Andrea Baylin and Krissa Gearring led the Redhawks with 10 kills apiece.
Southern Miss returns to the courts on Saturday morning to face Towson at 10:30 a.m., and concludes with Alabama State at 3:30 p.m.
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