Oct. 27, 2013
TULSA, Okla. - The Southern Miss volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (17-25, 19-25, 25-21, 25-27) decision to Tulsa in Conference USA action on Sunday.
Four Golden Eagles tallied double figure kills led by Quinci Hayward with 15 followed by Elise Ames with 13, Jasmine Crowell and Stephany Purdue finished with 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Mary Pursell led the team with 28 digs while Kristen Fleming and Alex Pfefferle added 16 and 13 digs. Fleming also had 53 assists in recording a double-double. Shelby Russell chipped in 11 digs.
Tulsa (20-4, 9-0) jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. The Golden Hurricane scored 10 of the first 12 points in taking a 10-2 lead. Southern Miss (12-12, 3-6) managed to get within six points, 10-4, but the Tulsa continued to keep the pressure on and won the first set, 25-17.
After trading points through the first 24 points to start set two, Tulsa finally inched ahead with kill and Southern Miss error for a 14-12 lead. Following a kill and another Eagle error, Tulsa pushed the lead to 16-13, Southern Miss took a timeout. Out of the timeout, the Eagles tacked on back-to-back points before Tulsa scored four of the next five points for the 20-16 advantage. Tulsa held on for the 25-19 win.
The teams traded points to start the third set. Southern Miss then ran off five straight points to take a 6-2 lead. Tulsa battled back to cut the lead to 7-6, but Southern Miss was able to regroup and pulled ahead to 15-11 to force Tulsa to take a timeout. Tulsa rallied to get the score to 18-17 before the Eagles took a timeout to stop Tulsa's momentum. The teams traded points until Southern Miss recorded three straight kills in taking a 23-20 lead. Following a Tulsa timeout, Tulsa added a kill before the Eagles ended the set with kills by Lydia Bonner and Purdue for the 25-21 win.
Southern Miss ran out to a 7-4 lead before Tulsa fought back to tie the set at 8-8 using a 4-1 run. The teams traded the next six points before Tulsa capitalized on a pair of USM errors and a block for the 14-11 lead. Tulsa pushed ahead 20-15 before the Golden Eagles used a 9-4 run to tie the set at 24-24. After trading kills, the Golden Hurricane claimed the set 27-25 when the Eagles' attacked sailed long.
Tulsa placed three players in double digit kills with Valerie El Houssine leading the way with a match-high 18 kills. Kellie Culbertson added a double-double with 13 kills and 24 digs. Erica Bohannon chipped in 11 kills while Brooke Berryhill picked up 19 digs and Bailey Clampitt had 14 digs and 29 assists. El Houssine also had 12 digs.
The Golden Eagles will host East Carolina on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.
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