Volleyball Eagles Down UAB in Four Sets
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Senior Jasmine Crowell led a quartet of Golden Eagles in kills with 17 as the Southern Miss downed UAB in four sets (25-14, 26-28, 25-21, 25-19) Friday night in Conference USA action.
Southern Miss improved to 17-9 overall and 6-3 in league play while UAB dropped to 6-18 and 3-6.
The Golden Eagles finished with 68 kills, 64 digs and 10.0 blocks while UAB tallied 37 kills, 48 digs and 19.0 blocks.
"This was another good overall team win against a very determined opponent," head coach Amanda Berkley said. "Jasmine Crowell was lights out tonight and she has been solid for the past two matches. She has been a great leader on the floor for us."
Crowell put down a match high 17 kills on .560 hitting followed by Stephany Purdue and Quinci Hayward with 15 kills each and Lydia Bonner added 14. Purdue added 10 digs for a double-double. Kristen Fleming handed out 56 assists to go with 10 digs. Shelby Russell led the defensive effort with 17 digs and Mary Pursell added 14.
Southern Miss scored 11 of the first 15 points in taking an 11-4 lead. The Golden Eagles maintained the momentum throughout the set in cruising to a 25-14 win. USM tallied 16 kills on .290 hitting while holding UAB to just six kills on -.033 hitting.
The teams battled throughout the second set as there were 14 ties and five lead changes. Southern Miss held an 11-9 advantage before UAB scored four the next five points in taking a 14-12 lead. The Golden Eagles were able to keep within striking distance and eventually used a 5-2 run to regain a 22-21 lead. The teams started to trade points down the stretch as UAB was able to fight off three set points before finally gaining control to take the second set 28-26.
After the Black and Gold ran out to an 11-6, UAB gained the momentum and used a 5-1 run to tie the set at 12-12. The teams went back and forth for the next points before Southern Miss tacked on three-straight points for the 19-16 lead. The visitors scored the next three points to tie the set before Southern Miss closed out the set using a 5-1 run for the 25-21 win.
Southern Miss ran out to a 5-2 lead and never looked back. UAB closed the gap to one, but the Golden Eagles put together timely kills and blocks to keep the Blazers at bay. The Golden Eagles finished strong in taking a 25-19 win.
Gabby Deshotel led UAB with 14 kills while Bethanie Thomas and Emma Schroer had 19 and 16 digs, respectively. Kiriana Hirini accounted for 10 blocks.
Southern Miss returns to action on Sunday at 1 p.m. when the Golden Eagles host Louisiana Tech.