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Golden Eagle Volleyball Comes Up Short, Falls to Chattanooga 3-2

Elise Ames tallied 17 kills and Kristen Fleming recorded a double-double with 55 assists and 20 digs

Sept. 20, 2013

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OXFORD, Miss. - Southern Miss placed four players in double-figure kills, but it wasn't enough as Chattanooga rallied to defeat Southern Miss, 3-2 (13-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-22, 15-17) in the opening match of the Rebel Classic.

Quinci Hayward led the quartet with a match-high 23 kills followed by Elise Ames with 17, Stephany Purdue had 12 and Jasmine Crowell finished with 11. Kristen Fleming recorded a double-double with 55 assists and 20 digs while Mary Pursell picked up 18 digs and Taylor Gibson added 12 digs.

Both teams battled through the first 11 points to start the first set. Chattanooga use a 7-1 run in grabbing a 12-7 lead. After a Southern Miss timeout, Jasmine Crowell put down a kill to end the Mocs' run. However, Chattanooga came right back with a 7-0 run in putting the set out of reach for the Golden Eagles. The Mocs outhit the Eagles .455 to .161 in taking a 25-13 win.

Southern Miss popped out to 6-2 lead early before Chattanooga put together a 6-0 run in taking an 8-6 lead. The Eagles responded with five straight kills and a Mocs' error to pull ahead 12-8. The teams traded points before Chattanooga grabbed the momentum and outscored USM, 7-1, for a 17-15 lead. Southern Miss mad a run down the stretch, closing to within 21-20 before Chattanooga ended the set scoring four of the final five points for the 25-21 win.

The Golden Eagles ran out to a 6-1 lead to start the third. The Mocs battled back to cut the lead to 14-10 before USM got back kills from Hayward, Ames and Purdue to extend its lead to 17-11. Chattanooga regained some momentum and cut the lead to 21-16 in forcing the Eagles into a timeout. The Mocs continued to chip away at the lead and trailed by three points, 22-19, before Southern Miss ended the set with a pair of kills from Ames for the 25-19 win.

After Chattanooga took an 8-4 lead to start set four, Ames' kill ignited a 3-0 spurt to cut the lead to 8-7. After a Mocs' timeout, Chattanooga answered with a 4-1 run to extend its lead to 13-8. With UTC leading 18-13, Southern Miss regained some momentum aided by a strong presence at the net to cut lead to 19-17. After Chattanooga took a timeout, Katie Steelman put down a pair of kills to tie the set at 19-19. From there, Southern Miss used a 6-3 run to close out the set for the 25-22 win and forcing a fifth set.

The fifth set featured 10 ties and four lead changes with the two battling early. Following a 7-7 tie, Southern Miss was able to push ahead with a Mocs' service error and a Crowell-Purdue combo block for the 9-7 lead. Chattanooga got on track with its offense and quickly added a pair of kills to tie the set at 9-9. Southern Miss followed with a kill by Crowell, but back-to-back Eagle errors put the Mocs ahead 12-10. The teams traded a pair of points before Chattanooga had set point at 14-12. Southern Miss fought off three set points before Chattanooga finally took the final set, 17-15.

Allie Davenport led the Mocs with 16 kills followed by Kendall Sexton with 11 and Briana Reid added 10 kills. Melissa Green had a match-high 23 digs while Catherine Chason added 14 digs to go with 27 assists. Reid also had 15 digs.

Southern Miss will play host Ole Miss at 7 p.m.

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