MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Southern Miss volleyball team dropped a four-set match 3-1 (25-22, 25-16, 18-25, 25-15) to host Memphis in the Tiger Invitational Saturday afternoon at Elma Roane Fieldhouse.
Southern Miss falls to 12-3 overall while Memphis improves to 9-3.
Stephany Purdue and Kylie Grandy recorded a pair of double-doubles for the Golden Eagles. Purdue finished with 17 kills and 18 digs while Grandy added 12 kills and 15 digs. Sarah Bell had 37 assists and eight digs. Mary Pursell picked up 11 digs.
Southern Miss finished with 47 kills on .101 hitting, four aces, 65 digs and 6.0 team blocks while Memphis had 49 kills on .229 hitting, six aces, 69 digs and 8.0 team blocks.
Memphis sprinted out to an 8-2 lead to start the first set. Southern Miss battled back in cutting the lead to 11-8. The Tigers were able to keep its offense on track scoring 11 of the next 17 points for a 22-15 lead. Out of its final timeout, Southern Miss used a 7-2 run to cut the lead to 24-22. The Black and Golf fought off four set points before Memphis finally claimed the set 25-22.
The Tigers scored seven of the first 10 points to start the second set. After pushing the lead to 10-4, Southern Miss called its first timeout. Memphis continued to hold the momentum, adding a pair of points before Grandy was able to put down a kill. Southern Miss tacked on three more points in cutting the lead to 12-8. The Golden Eagles continued to fight and closed the gap to 15-11, forcing Memphis to take a timeout. From there, the Tigers ran off four straight points for the 19-11 lead. Memphis held on for the 25-16 win.
The teams battled early to start the third set. With the set tied at 8-8, Southern Miss added three consecutive points behind a pair of Purdue kills. Out of the Tiger timeout, the Eagles added a point for the 12-8 lead. Southern Miss posted its largest lead at 17-11 before the Tigers followed with four straight points, cutting the lead to 17-15. The Eagles matched that run with three straight points to regain a five-point advantage at 20-15. Southern Miss held on for the 25-18 win.
Memphis scored seven of the first 10 points to start the fourth set. Southern Miss fought back to cut the lead to 8-7. The Tigers used a 5-1 run for a 13-8 lead and continued adding points in pushing the lead to 19-10. Following a Southern Miss timeout, Memphis matched the visitors point for point in taking the final set 25-15.
McKenzie Hayes and Catlin Lilly finished with 11 kills each. Lindsey Purvis collected a match-high 21 digs while Michaella Moss and Veronica Zimmerman added 16 and 15 digs, respectively. Zimmerman also had 38 assists.
Southern Miss conclude the tournament with a match against Austin Peay at 5 p.m.
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