HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss volleyball team rolled to a 3-0 (25-14, 25-12, 25-17) win over Louisiana Tech in Conference USA action Sunday afternoon improving to 18-9 overall and 7-3 in league play.
Stephany Purdue led the team with a match-high 12 kills while Mary Pursell picked up a team-best 17 digs. Three Eagles finished the match with three of more blocks and four players had an attack percentage of .333 or better. Kristen Fleming handed out 35 assists.
The Golden Eagles finished with 40 kills on .293 hitting, five aces, 42 digs and 12.0 blocks while Louisiana Tech had 24 kills, 32 digs and 5.0 blocks.
"It was another great team win because it was great see everyone see the floor today," head coach Amanda Berkley said. "I thought our defense did a good job of limiting their hitters. Jasmine Crowell had another great match with hitting and she blocked well."
Southern Miss ran out to an 8-1 lead to start the set and never looked back. After taking a 10-2 advantage, Tech called a timeout. The home team kept the momentum and pushed the lead to 13-4 and forcing the Lady Techsters into another time. Southern Miss finished strong in taking the first set 25-14.
Tied at eight early in the second set, Southern Miss took five of the next six points, to open a 13-9 lead. Southern Miss put a little distance between Tech with three kills and a block for the 17-11 advantage. Tech added a point before the Golden Eagles finished with an 8-0 run down the stretch to capture the 25-12 win.
Out of the 10-minute intermission, the teams battled back and forth for the first six points. After a kill and ace put the home team ahead 5-3. The teams fought to a 6-6 tie before Southern Miss scored seven-straight points for the 13-6 lead. Tech put up a fight, cutting the lead to 18-15 midway through the set. Southern Miss ended the set using a 7-2 run in taking the final set, 25-17.
Hannah Wright and Rebecca Redgen led Tech with six kills apiece while Redgen led the way with 12 digs.
Southern Miss returns to action when the Golden Eagles head to Texas for visits at UTEP on Oct. 31 and league-leader UTSA on Nov. 2.
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