Southern Miss Volleyball splits home series with Troy

Game One:

The Golden Eagles started the weekend with a win in a five-set battle against the Troy Trojans Friday.

“It was a great back-and-forth match all night. We did well in the first, and Troy did well in the second. We had a stronger third and they had a stronger fourth” Head Coach Jenny Hazelwood said.

Ari Barksdale did her thing with eight kills for a .412 percentage joined by Cailin Demps with a statistically parallel performance Libero Megan Harris added 14 digs and Mia Wesley had 13 kills and eight digs. But the player of the game had to be Cara Atkinson, who had 14 kills, five digs, and a .522 percentage.

Sean Smith

“I performed the best I could with attacking- it was one of my better strengths. I had a number of errors, but I think that’s something when you go in and if you do not focus on blocking, it’s something that can really mess you up. But I’ll try to make up for with attacking. I thought I did a great job on that part,” Atkinson said.

The first set was tightly contested, setting the tone for the rest of the game. The Golden Eagles came out victorious in the set after a serve from Aliah Giroux led to the deciding point at 25-23.

The Golden Eagles started rolling the second set, but Troy always had a response to the Golden Eagles. Troy rebounded for the lead and powered through an intense set to win 25-21.

Troy came out on a monster start, but the Golden Eagles shook back to contest the set and eventually took it 25-20 with an outburst on the attack from Atkinson.

The Trojans completely controlled the fourth set until Southern Miss again staged a comeback to fight for the set,

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