Oct. 26, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss volleyball team snapped a seven-match losing streak by posting a 3-0 sweep of Marshall in Conference USA volleyball action on Friday by the scores of 25-19, 25-22, 25-15.
Senior Halie Ecker recorded a double-double to lead the Golden Eagles with 12 kills and 11 digs. Freshmen Lydia Bonner and Quinci Hayward tallied 11 kills each with Bonner using a .556 hitting percentage. Elizabeth Rinaudo paced the Eagles on defense with 15 digs with Alex Pfefferle adding 10. Jasmine Crowell chipped in nine kills but led the team with six total blocks. Kristen Fleming dished out 36 assists to go with seven digs and three kills.
As a team, Southern Miss finished with 48 kills on .311 hitting, 54 digs, three aces and 10.0 team blocks while Marshall recorded 41 kills on .169 hitting 52 digs and 3.0 team blocks.
"I always knew this team had something special in them and I saw that tonight," coach Abbey Sutherland said. "Now it's about being consistent for the remainder of the season. Marshall is a very good squad, fighters and we have a lot of respect for that team and coaching staff. More than anything, I'm so proud of these ladies for still believing in themselves and fighting."
Southern Miss ran out to a 7-2 lead to start the first set. Marshall got a point back after a timeout, but the Golden Eagles tacked on another three points with a Bonner kill and back-to-back Katie Steelman aces. Marshall was able to close the gap to 11-7 and forcing USM to take a timeout. However, the timeout did not slow down Marshall as the Herd came back to cut the lead to 12-11 using a 4-1 run. Southern Miss regained some momentum as Ecker sparked a 5-2 run for the 17-13 lead. Following a Marshall timeout, USM finished the set with an 8-6 run for a 26-19 win.
The Herd opened the second set scoring six of the first eight points. After a USM timeout, Marshall added another point before the Golden Eagles 10-6 run that cut the lead to 13-12. Marshall added a kill after a Herd timeout, then, USM scored the next four points in taking a 16-14 lead. From there, the teams battled back and forth with long rallies as Marshall cut the lead to 19-18. USM closed out the set using a 6-4 run for the 25-22 win.
Marshall started the third set with a 3-1 lead, but USM fought back with a 7-1 run to take the lead for good. Southern Miss pushed the score to 21-6 before Marshall got a pair of kills to cut the lead to 12-8. A 7-3 run by the Golden Eagles pushed the lead to 19-11 before USM finished the set with a 6-4 run for the 25-15 win.
Laura Der led the Herd with a match-high 15 kills while Dorothy Rahal paced the team with a match-high 18 digs. Katy Schad added 11 digs.
Southern Miss is back in action on Sunday with the Golden Eagles entertain East Carolina at 1 p.m.
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