Oct. 11, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss volleyball team fell to UTSA 3-1 (25-18, 24-26, 25-12, 25-15) in Conference USA action Friday night.
The Golden Eagles dropped to 10-9 overall and 1-3 in league play while UTSA improved to 13-6 and 5-0.
Quinci Hayward led the Golden Eagles offensively with a match-high 18 kills while Stephany Purdue added 10. Kristen Fleming tallied a double-double with 39 assists and 11 digs. Mary Pursell picked up 10 digs.
The Roadrunners out-killed, out-hit, out-dug and out-blocked the Golden Eagles. UTSA recorded 59 kills on a .364 hitting clip, collected 61 digs and had 13.0 team blocks.
UTSA led the first set from start to finish after running out to a 9-3 lead. The Roadrunners put down 18 kills on .586 hitting while the Golden Eagles collected 16 kills on a .306 hitting clip. UTSA took the first set 25-18.
UTSA ran out to an 8-4 lead early. The Golden Eagles regain their composure and began chipping away at the lead using a 14-11 run to get the score to 19-18. Out of a Roadrunner timeout, Purdue put down a kill to tie the set at 19-19. From there, the teams traded points for the next nine points. Out of a timeout, UTSA got a kill to tie the set at 24-24, but the Golden Eagles got a kill from Elise Ames and an attack error by the Roadrunners in taking the second set, 26-24.
The Roadrunners took the lead early scoring eight of the first 11 points. Southern Miss could not get into any type of flow due in part to a big blocking game by the Roadrunners. UTSA's defense held the Golden Eagles to nine kills and a -.095 hitting. The Roadrunners took the third set 25-12.
The teams battled back and forth early until UTSA outscored Southern Miss 11-4 in taking a 14-7 lead. The Golden Eagles did not have an answer for the Roadrunner as UTSA added 13 kills on .462 hitting in taking the fourth set, 25-15.
McKenzie Adams led the Roadrunners with a double-double of 17 kills and 14 digs while Dajana Boskovic and Dempsey Thornton added 15 kills each. Annie Kunes had 10 digs and Brandy Huskey totaled 48 assists and 10 digs.
Southern Miss is back in action Sunday at 1 p.m. for Faculty-Staff Appreciation Day against UTEP.
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