Nov. 9, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss volleyball team came up short in spite of three Golden Eagles notching double figure kills as Memphis outlasted Southern Miss 3-2 Friday night.
Jasmine Crowell tallied a career-best 20 kills on .500 hitting to go with three blocks followed by Rachel Johnson with a season-high 14 kills and Halie Ecker also with 14 as she recorded her 1,000th-career kill. Ecker also added 10 digs in posting a double-double. Elizabeth Rinaudo had 20 digs and Alex Pfefferle added 12.
The Golden Eagles (8-19, 4-11) bolted out to a 7-1 lead in the opening set, but Memphis began chipping away at the lead with timely kills and blocks. After Memphis tied the set at 18-18, the Tigers then finished the set using a 7-2 run for the 25-22 win.
Memphis (12-18, 7-8) opened the second set scoring the first four points before USM rallied using an 8-1 run to go ahead, 8-5. The Golden Eagles extended their lead to 16-10 before Memphis closed the gap to 19-18. USM was able to hold on for the 25-22 win.
The third set featured nine ties through the first 30 points. Memphis then back-to-back kills from in taking a 17-15 lead, forcing USM to take its first timeout. Out of the time, the Eagles got a point back, but Memphis ended the set using an 8-4 run for the 25-20 win.
With only two ties and two lead changes in the fourth set, Southern Miss finished 14 kills on .367 hitting and held Memphis to -.033 hitting and only six kills to take a 25-14 win in sending the match to a fifth and deciding set.
In the final set, Memphis ran out to a commanding 6-1 lead and never looked back. Southern Miss battled to get within 10-9 using an 8-3 run. Memphis seemed to regroup and ended the set with a 5-2 run for the 15-11 win.
Altrese Hawkins led Memphis with a match-high 25 kills on .375 hitting. Marija Jovanovic and Lauren Hawkins added 11 kills apiece. Alesksandra Petronijevic totaled 25 digs followed by Viktorija Teivane with 17 and Maja Kostic added 10. Veronica Zimmerman collected a double-double with 45 assists and 16 digs. Sydni Etheredge had a team-best eight total blocks.
Southern Miss will conclude its regular season when the Golden Eagles host UAB on Sunday at 1 p.m. Seniors Ecker and Rinaudo will be honored following the match.