Sept. 28, 2012
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Southern Miss placed three players in double digit kills as the Golden Eagles defeated East Carolina 3-2 (25-17, 17-25, 25-22, 17-25, 15-10) in Conference USA action.
Jasmine Crowell led the way offensively with 16 kills followed by Quinci Hayward with 13 and Halie Ecker chipping in 12. Alex Pfefferle and Elizabeth Rinaudo each tallied 18 digs apiece with Mary Pursell adding 14. Kristen Fleming had 55 assists to go with three aces and seven digs.
Southern Miss (6-9, 2-1) finished with 62 kills, 72 digs and 8.0 team blocks while East Carolina (1-14, 0-4) had 56 kills, 63 digs and 12.5 team blocks.
The Golden Eagles led from start to finish in the opening set. The Pirates did tie the set at 7-7, but the Eagles got their offense back on track took the first set 25-17.
The second set mirrored the first set, but it was East Carolina who took the lead early. USM took a 7-5 lead on a 4-2 run. The Pirates broke a 7-7 tie with three kills and an ace for a 10-7 lead and never looked back in taking the second set, 25-17.
The team battled early to a 5-5 tied before the Golden Eagles tacked on three straight points to go ahead 8-5. From there, USM continued to build on its lead, eventually taking a 15-8 lead. East Carolina battled back to cut the lead to 21-23 before USM was able to close out the set with a pair of kills from Crowell for the 25-22 win.
East Carolina pushed the match to a fifth set after dominating the fourth set. The Pirates out-hit the Eagles .323 to .147 in taking a 25-17 win.
ECU took a 3-0 lead to start the fifth set, but the Golden Eagles battled back to get the score to 5-4. ECU kept the pressure on as the Pirates led 8-5 on the switch over. From there, the Eagles got back on track using a 5-0 run to take a 10-8 lead. After ECU cut the lead to 10-9, Southern Miss finished the set with a 5-1 run for the 15-10 win.
Nicole Willis and Kelly Derby led ECU with 15 and 12 kills, respectively, while Shelby Beasley tallied a match-high 34 digs and three aces. Willis and Hannah Allgood also had 12 digs apiece.
The Golden Eagles travel to Huntington, W. Va., for a match at Marshall on Sunday.