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Golden Eagle Volleyball Falls 3-1 to Northwestern State

Mary Pursell topped the 30-dig plateau with 35 digs

Sept. 17, 2013

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NATCHITOCHES, La. - The Southern Miss volleyball had its six-match winning streak snapped with a 3-1 (16-25, 21-25, 25-17, 22-25) loss at Northwestern State Tuesday night.

The Golden Eagles fall to 9-3 while Northwestern State improved to 3-8

Quinci Hayward tallied a match-high 18 kills while Mary Pursell topped the 30-dig plateau with a career-high 35 digs. Stephany Purdue added 11 kills; Alex Pfefferle picked up 15 digs and Shelby Russell recorded 10 digs. Kristen Fleming dished out 42 assists.

Ashley Elrod led Northwestern State with 16 kills while Keelie Ameson collected 28 digs.

The Demons out-hit and out-blocked the Eagles. NSU had 57 kills on a .210 hitting clip and registered 12.0 team blocks. Southern Miss finished the match with 47 kills on .126 hitting, 87 digs and 7.0 team blocks.

Northwestern State grabbed the early 7-1 lead in opening the first set and never looked back. The Golden Eagles' offense could not get on track. NSU recorded six blocks in the set and held the Eagles to just nine kills on a -.021 hitting clip in taking a 25-16 win.

Both teams battled back and forth to start the second set. The set featured nine ties and three lead changes. Southern Miss cut the lead to 23-21, but NSU was able to get back-to-back kills to close out the set with a 25-21 win.

The Golden Eagles grabbed the early in the third set and ran out to a 13-7 lead. Southern Miss was able to maintain its lead throughout the set in claiming a 25-17 win. USM out-hit NSU .273 to .091.

Southern Miss took an early 8-4 lead in the fourth set before pushing the lead to 12-6. Out of a timeout, NSU used a 9-4 run to cut the lead to 16-15. Even after a Southern Miss timeout, the Demons kept their run going, scoring five of the next seven points to take a 20-18 lead. USM managed to close to within a point on two occasions, but NSU ended the set with a kill and big block to take the final set, 25-22.

Southern Miss travels to Rebel Classic for the weekend to face Chattanooga and Ole Miss on Friday and conclude with Louisiana on Saturday.

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