SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- The Southern Miss volleyball team suffered its first C-USA defeat of the season, falling on the road to UTSA (25-20, 25-21, 26-24) on Sunday afternoon.
"UTSA is a very good team," head coach Amanda Berkley said. "With that being said, I wish we gave them more of a challenge. We have to keep the ball in play. We had too many errors as a team and that's something we have to fix in the future. I think we will learn from this and find a way to get better."
The Golden Eagles (12-5, 1-1 C-USA) made a run at it in the very end, scoring three straight points with the Roadrunners holding set point. Stephany Purdue and Kylie Grandy's kills built the pressure, and a ball-handling error tied the set at 24. The next two points went UTSA's favor and ended the day.
Southern Miss was down 7-6 in the first set before four straight Roadrunner points led to a timeout. It got back within 23-20, but a service error and kill gave UTSA the upper hand to begin the afternoon.
The second set saw the Roadrunners (10-3, 1-0 C-USA) jump out to a 9-4 lead, but Southern Miss retaliated and went up 15-14 on a Purdue kill via Sarah Bell's assist. It came after a 9-3 run as well. As quickly as UTSA went up 20-16, the Golden Eagles stormed right back with four consecutive points of their own. The Roadrunners proceeded with a 5-1 set-ending run, capped off by a service ace.
The Golden Eagles will play their first match in Reed Green Coliseum in exactly a month later this week, hosting Marshall at 6 p.m. Friday.
-The squad's 30-day absence from Hattiesburg marks the longest span since Aug. 27 - Sept. 30, 2011.
-Stephany Purdue (16 kills) and Kylie Grandy (10) were one dig away from double-doubles.
-Alexis Coombs recorded five blocks, the third time in four matches she has accomplished the feat.
-Sarah Bell had 38 assists in three sets back in her hometown.
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