Nov. 22, 2013
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Southern Miss volleyball team concluded its season after dropping a 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-12) loss to top-seeded UTSA at the quarterfinals Conference USA Championship Friday afternoon.
Sophomore Quinci Hayward led the team with a team-best 13 kills while Jasmine Crowell added eight. Kristen Fleming finished with 29 assists and seven digs. Mary Pursell also added seven digs for the Golden Eagles.
UTSA took the first set 25-18 when the Roadrunners tallied 17 kills to 11 against the Eagles. UTSA hit .552 while holding USM to .133 hitting. The two teams battled throughout the battled back and forth through the first 22 points before the Golden Eagles managed to push ahead 15-13. Out of a media timeout, UTSA took control and outscored the Golden Eagles 7-1 in taking a 20-16 lead. The Roadrunners ended the set scoring five of the final seven points.
UTSA ran out to an 8-4 lead before Southern Miss managed to cut the lead to 11-9. From there, the Roadrunner outscored the Golden Eagles 4-2 just before a media timeout. UTSA kept its momentum going extending the lead to 19-14. The Roadrunners finished the set with a 6-3 run for a 25-17 win.
After falling behind 2-1, UTSA scored seven of the next eight points to take control of the third set. The Golden Eagles made a run and cut the lead to 12-8 before the Roadrunners used a 6-3 run for an 18-11 lead. Southern Miss could not recover as UTSA closed out the set and match on a 7-1 run for the 25-12 win.
McKenzie Adams recorded a match-high 23 kills while Dajana Boskovic added 12. Jessica Waldrip handed out 42 assists while Annie Kunes picked up 15 digs. UTSA out blocked the Golden Eagles 10.0 to 1.0.
Southern Miss finished the season 17-14, a plus-nine wins over last season.