ATLANTA, Ga. - Sophomore Stephany Purdue recorded a match-high 17 digs to go with 11 digs in leading Southern Miss past Alabama A&M in three sets (25-16, 25-22, 25-13) in the Georgia Tech Invitational Friday.
Southern Miss improves to 11-4 while Alabama A&M drops to 4-10.
Jasmine Crowell, Quinci Hayward and Elise Ames all recorded eight kills. Mary Pursell picked up 10 digs while Makareta Rademakers handed out 45 assists. The Golden Eagles also had six aces 47 digs and 49 kills on a .311 hitting clip.
Southern Miss ran out to an 11-4 lead, prompting the Bulldogs to take a timeout. The Golden Eagles added a pair of points on back-to-back kills from Lydia Bonner and Purdue. Southern Miss continued to build on its lead and cruised to a 25-16 win.
After taking a 13-6 lead to start the second set, Alabama battled back to cut the lead to 17-14 using an 8-4 run. The Golden Eagles were able to regroup and pushed the lead to 21-15. The Bulldogs fought back when Alabama A&M scored seven of the next nine points to get within one, 23-22. Southern Miss finally ended the set with a kills from Ames and an Ames-Bonner combo block for the 25-22 win.
In the third set, Southern Miss recorded 17 kills on a .577 hitting clip in taking a 25-13 win. The Golden Eagles ran out to an 11-5 lead and never looked back in building as many as a 10-point lead, 18-8. Southern Miss scored seven of the final 12 points for the win.
The Golden Eagles return to action Saturday morning with a 9 a.m. match against Georgia, then concluded with a 6 p.m. match against Georgia Tech.
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