Oct. 20, 2013
RUSTON, La. - The Southern Miss volleyball team out-hit Louisiana Tech .261 to .182 in sweeping the Techsters by the scores of 25-20, 25-17, 25-22 in Conference USA action Sunday afternoon.
Southern Miss improved to 12-10 and 3-4 in league play while LA Tech dropped to 7-15 and 1-6.
Quinci Hayward led the Eagles with 14 kills with Jasmine Crowell adding nine on a .438 hitting clip. Stephany Purdue chipped in eight kills while Mary Pursell picked up nine digs. Kristen Fleming totaled 38 assists.
Southern Miss opened the set running out to a 4-1 lead. LA Tech battled back to tie the set 5-5 using a 5-1 run. The Golden Eagles pushed ahead 12-9 with Purdue and Crowell doing most of the damage as they pounded down a pair of kills each. Out of time Tech scored the next two points on a kill and block to get the score to 12-11. Southern Miss then outscored LA Tech 7-4 in taking a 19-15 lead. After a Tech timeout, the Golden Eagles ended the set scoring six of the final 11 points for the 25-20 win.
The teams traded points to start the second set for the first 16 points. The Golden Eagles then scored the next four points in pushing out to a 12-8 lead. Southern Miss was able to maintain the lead for the remainder of the set as the Eagles took the second set 25-17. The Golden Eagles out-hit Tech .200 to .000 and came up big on the defense with 14 digs and six blocks.
LA Tech ran out to a 7-2 lead aided by a pair of aces and three Golden Eagle miscues. Southern Miss battled its way back into the set scoring four of the next five points to get within 8-6. From there, the teams began trading points with before Tech scored a 4-1 run to push its lead to 17-12. Southern Miss began chipping away with a kill and block to start a 9-4 run. With the set tied at 21-21, the Golden Eagles ended the set scoring four of the final five points for the 25-22 win.
Xzache Mathis led Tech with 14 kills.
Southern Miss remains on the road for a pair of C-USA matches at Middle Tennessee on Friday and Tulsa on Sunday.
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