Golden Eagle Volleyball Falls to UTSA in Three
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The Southern Miss volleyball team had its four-match winning streak snapped with a 3-0 loss (25-16, 25-22, 25-13) to UTSA Sunday in Conference USA action.
The Golden Eagles fall to 19-10 overall and 8-4 in league play while UTSA improved to 16-7 overall and remained undefeated in league play with a 12-0 record.
Quinci Hayward led the Eagles with 12 kills with Jasmine Crowell adding nine. Mary Pursell picked up a match-high 20 digs while Kristen Fleming handed out 22 assists. Southern Miss finished the match with 31 kills on a .041 hitting clip to go with 40 digs and 5.0 team blocks.
UTSA collected 40 kills on .301 hitting, six aces, 33 digs and 10.0 blocks.
UTSA opened the first set scoring six of the first seven points. Southern Miss began chipping away at the lead and finally got within three, 12-9, using an 8-6 run. The Roadrunners then put together an 8-2 run in taking a 20-11 lead. UTSA finished the set scoring five of the last 10 points for the 25-16 win.
UTSA scored the first point to start the second set before Southern Miss scored seven of the next nine points, forcing the Roadrunners to take a timeout. The Golden Eagles added to their lead before UTSA used a 5-2 run to get the score to 14-11. After an Eagle timeout, UTSA put together a 10-5 run that gave the Roadrunners the momentum and a 21-19 lead. UTSA quickly extended the lead to23-20 before Southern Miss scored a pair of points to get within 23-22, but UTSA held on for the 25-22 win.
After the Eagles scored the first two points to start the third set, UTSA then reeled off the next seven in taking a 7-2 lead and not look back. The Roadrunners held Southern Miss to a -.062 hitting and limited the Eagles to just nine kills. UTSA took the final set 25-13.
Dajana Boskovic led UTSA with 12 kills while Jessica Waldrip tallied 34 assists and Annie Kuhns finished with 10 digs.
Southern Miss returns home to host Western Kentucky on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m., followed a Sunday match against Florida Atlantic at 12 p.m.