Volleyball sweeps UAB on Friday night
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A dramatic second-set win fueled Southern Miss to a sweep of UAB on Friday night inside Bartow Arena (25-22, 26-24, 25-19).
Kylie Grandy led the way with match-highs of 13 kills and four service aces. She entered the night as one of two in Conference USA to rank in the top-10 for kills and aces per set.
"That was a good win for us," head coach Amanda Berkley said. "I think we improved defensively throughout the match, which I was definitely pleased with. Natalie [Druhan] has done a nice job this year in middle back and has really stepped up her play. I'm happy with the way Sarah [Bell] ran the offense and she did a nice job defensively as well."
Four errors and a Natalie Druhan ace immediately tied it up at 19. Another UAB attack error put them behind 23-22, and after a timeout, Kylie Grandy got Southern Miss within set-point. The Blazers fought back, but a Kelsey Chambers kill and Melanie Miller ace saved the victory for the Golden Eagles going into intermission.
Southern Miss (17-10, 7-4 C-USA) led by as much as 19-12 in the first set before a Blazer timeout. The Golden Eagles never trailed in the third set, first leading 9-5 on back-to-back kills by Alexis Coombs and Chandler Marshall. After it was an 18-14 lead, the next 11 points came via the kill, and Coombs collected one more for the match's final point.
The Black and Gold continue their road trip with a Sunday 1 p.m. battle at Rice that will air on beIN Connect.
-It was the sixth time in seven matches that Southern Miss held its opponent to a sub-.200 hitting percentage.
-Alexis Coombs had eight kills and a .438 hitting percentage, her highest in both categories for the same outing since nine kills and a .444 mark against UTSA on Sept. 24.
-The Golden Eagles hit .341 in the third set.
-Amanda Berkley picked up career-win No. 101.
-This was Southern Miss' fourth consecutive win in the all-time series, tying it at 24.