Oct. 18, 2013
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Southern Miss volleyball team dropped a four-set match to Tulane on Friday 3-1 (25-19, 19-25, 23-25, 23-25) in Conference USA action.
Southern Miss falls to 11-10 overall and 2-4 in C-USA play while Tulane improved to 19-2 and 5-1.
Quinci Hayward posted a match-high 19 kills for the Golden Eagles while Jasmine Crowell added nine and Stephany Purdue chipped in eight. Mary Pursell came up with 13 digs and Alex Pfefferle had 10. Kristen Fleming had 41 assists while Lydian Bonner recorded a match-high seven block assists.
Southern Miss outhit the Green Wave .244 to .240, but the Tulane put down more kills, 66 to 51, against the Golden Eagles.
Southern Miss ran out to a 7-4 lead against Tulane to start the set. The Green Wave added a kill out of the timeout before the Golden Eagles tacked on four straight points for the 11-5 lead. Tulane battled back to cut the lead to 14-10, but Southern Miss ended the set using an 11-9 run for the 25-19 win.
The teams battled back and forth to start the second set before the Green Wave used a 5-1 run in taking an 11-7 lead. Southern Miss was able to keep within striking distance for much of the set. After Southern Miss cut the lead to 21-19, the Green Wave ended the set scoring the final four points for the 25-19 win.
The Golden Eagles started the third set off strong, running out to a 7-4 lead. Tulane then scored three consecutive points to tie the set at 7-7. The teams began trading points for the next 10 points. With the set tied at 12-12, Tulane scored the next two points forcing the Eagles to take a timeout. The teams then battled down the stretch, but Tulane was able to hold on for the 25-23 win.
Southern Miss scored the first three points to start the fourth set. Tulane gradually chipped away at the Eagle lead to tie the set at 9-9. Tulane then outscored the Eagles 5-3 in taking a 14-12 lead. Out of a Southern Miss time, Elise Ames put down a kill to get the score 14-13, before Tulane countered with a 5-1 run for the 19-15 lead. Southern Miss fought back to get the score to 21-19. After Tulane used a timeout, Ames opened with a kill to cut the lead to 21-20, but Tulane ended the set scoring four of the final seven points for the 25-23 win.
Annie Shurtz paced Tulane with 18 kills followed by Tea Juric with 15, Cori Martone had 14 and Sarah Strasner added 11. Grace Weaver picked up 18 digs with Juric adding 11. Mel Mandelbaum handed out 57 assists.
Southern Miss remains on the road, traveling to Ruston, La., for a match against Louisiana Tech at 2 p.m. Sunday.
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