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Volleyball Eagles Fall To Middle Tennessee, 3-1

Jasmine Crowell tallied 16 on a .500 hitting clip

Oct. 25, 2013

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Southern Miss volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision to Middle Tennessee in Conference USA action Friday night.

Southern Miss drops to 12-11 overall and 3-5 in league play while Middle Tennessee improves to 14-8 and 6-2.

Jasmine Crowell and Quinci Hayward finished with 16 and 12 kills, respectively while Elise Ames added 10. Mary Pursell led the team with 15 digs while Kristen Fleming had 39 assists.

Middle Tennessee jumped out to an early 5-1 lead before Southern Miss rebounded to cut the lead to 6-5 using a 4-1 run. The Blue Raiders scored five of the next six points in pushing the lead to 11-6. Out of a timeout, MT increased its lead to 16-7 aid by a pair of aces and three kills. The Raiders continued to keep the pressure on and won the first set, 25-15.

The two teams played evenly throughout the second set. There were 14 ties and three lead changes. The biggest lead by either team was three points. With the Golden Eagles leading 15-12, Middle Tennessee battled to tie set at 18-18. The teams traded points for the next six points before the Golden Eagles were able to score back-to-back points for the 23-21 lead. Southern Miss was able to hold on for the 25-22 win.

The Blue Raiders jumped out to an early lead and never let up. The Wildcats scored eight of the first 11 points in taking an 8-3 lead. Southern Miss managed to get within four, 11-7, but the Middle Tennessee regrouped in extending the lead to 16-9. The Golden Eagles could not get their offense going and the Raiders took the third set 25-18.

The Blue Raiders started set four with a 7-2 lead, but the Golden Eagles came back to get the score to 10-8. After a MT timeout, the Blue Raiders used an 8-4 run for the 18-12 lead, forcing the Eagles to burn their final timeout. Middle Tennessee held on for the 25-20 win.

Jale Hervey led the Blue Raiders with a match-high 20 kills while Chelsea Ross and Monet Marshall added 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Kendall Howard recorded 14 digs and Ross added 11 for a double-double.

Southern Miss remains on the road, traveling to Tulsa, Okla., for a 1 p.m. match against Golden Hurricane Sunday.

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