Oct. 28, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss volleyball team battled back from a 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 win over visiting East Carolina Sunday afternoon by the scores of 20-25, 23-15, 25-20, 25-21, 15-11.
A quartet of Golden Eagles recorded double-figure kills led by sophomore Jasmine Crowell with a team high 17 to go with eight total blocks followed by Quinci Hayward with 14, Halie Ecker had 11 and Rachel Johnson chipped in 10. Elizabeth Rinaudo tallied a match-high 30 digs with Alex Pfefferle added 16. Kristen Fleming registered 56 assists. Rinaudo now needs only seven digs to reach 1,000 in a career and Ecker needs 27 kills to reach 1,000 in her career.
Southern Miss finished with 67 kills on .216 hitting to go with 84 digs and 11.0 team blocks while East Carolina had 63 kills on .144 hitting, five aces, 83 digs and 12.5 team blocks.
East Carolina took the first set in recording 17 kills to the Eagles' 10. The ECU defense held USM to .140 hitting while earning a 25-20 win.
The Pirates' momentum carried into the second set as the East Carolina bolted out to a 14-3 lead. Southern Miss was able to fight back using a 12-2 run including seven-straight to get within 16-15. From there, the two teams battled to a 22-22 tie before East Carolina ended the set scoring three of the final five points for the 25-23 win.
Southern Miss opened the third set strong, running out to a 5-1 lead. USM finally got its offensive game in gear as the Golden Eagles pushed their lead to 14-8. East Carolina then mounted a comeback using an 8-2 run to tie the set at 16-all. The teams traded kills before the Eagles scored three straight points for the 20-17 lead. Out of East Carolina's timeout, USM continued its run and finished off the set with a 5-2 run to claim a 25-20 win.
The third set featured nine ties and four lead changes. The teams battled for much of the set with long rallies and keeping the score close. Southern Miss used an 8-3 run to take a 16-11 lead, but East Carolina came right back with an 8-2 run to tie the set at 18-18. Southern Miss was able to regroup and finished the set scoring eight of the final 11 points for the 25-21 win and tying the set at two sets apiece.
In the final set, Southern Miss took the early 3-0 lead before the Pirates got back-to-back kills to make it a 3-2 score. USM then used a 7-1 run in taking a 10-4 lead. However, East Carolina did not go without a fight as the Pirates battled back within 12-9 and forcing the Eagles to their second timeout after the Pirates score two straight points. Southern Miss ended the set scoring three of the final five points to take the final set 15-11.
Nicole Willis tallied a match-best 32 kills to go with 15 digs while Virginia Fitch added 10 kills. Shelby Beasley collected 29 digs and Hannah Allgood also had 15 digs.
Southern Miss is back in action as the Golden Eagles travel to Houston to face Rice on Nov. 2 and Houston on Nov. 4.
|Follow Southern Miss Women's Volleyball:||Follow @SouthernMissVB|