Oct. 13, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss volleyball team captured a three-set win over UTEP (25-17, 25-20, 25-19) Sunday afternoon in Reed Green Coliseum.
The Golden Eagles improve to 11-9 and 2-3 in Conference USA while the Miners fall to 10-7 and 4-2 in the league.
"We played a much better all-around match today," head coach Amanda Berkley said. "We blocked better today and our back row defense came up with some big digs. I thought Kristen did a good job of spreading the offense around."
Freshman Stephany Purdue led the Golden Eagles with a team-high 14 kills on .448 hitting as junior middle hitter Jasmine Crowell connected on 12 of her 28 swings to hit .393. Sophomore outside hitter Quinci Hayward pounded 11 kills. As a team, Southern Miss attacked at a .289 clip.
The Golden Eagles also claimed the blocking battle, 6.0 to 3.0. Elise Ames led the way with four as Purdue tallied three stuffs.
The first set remained close throughout, with a kill from Crowell, two UTEP errors and a Purdue ace giving Southern Miss the 12-9 lead. Out of a UTEP timeout, Crowell and Fleming combined for a block and a put-away from Crowell pushed Southern Miss up 14-9. UTEP rallied to cut the lead to 16-14 behind a 5-2 run. The Golden Eagles ended the set using a 9-3 run for the 25-17 win.
After a back and forth start to set two, Southern Miss took a 9-6 lead on a pair of Purdue kills and UTEP error. The teams continued to battle as the Golden Eagles were able to maintain a three-point advantage throughout most of the set before pushing the lead to 21-16 on a Crowell kill. Out of a Miner timeout, UTEP bot back to back kills, forcing the Golden Eagles to burn a timeout. UTEP cut the lead to 21-19 before Southern Miss ended the set scoring four of the final five points for the 25-20 win.
UTEP ran out to a 5-1 lead to start the third set. Southern Miss kicked started its offense and outscored UTEP 5-1 to tie the set at 6-6. From there, the teams traded points for the next three points before Southern Miss scored the next four points for the 11-8 lead. The Golden Eagles eventually increased their lead to 18-12 before UTEP took its first timeout. Purdue put the Eagles ahead 19-12 coming out of the timeout with a kill. UTEP cut the lead to three on two occasions with the last coming a 20-17 before Southern Miss closed out the set scoring five of the final seven points for the 25-19 win.
Xitlali Herrera led the Miners with 17 kills while Dayana Acevedo Rios came up with 10 digs. Malia Patterson dished out 32 assists to go with nine digs.
Southern Miss takes to the road for a pair of matches, visiting Tulane and Louisiana Tech on Friday and Sunday, Oct. 18 and Oct. 20.
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