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Southern Miss Volleyball splits series with South Alabama

Game One: Courtesy of Southern Miss Athletics

HATTIESBURG, MS – Southern Miss (8-5, 0-1 Sun Belt) dropped its Sun Belt opener to South Alabama (7-6, 1-0 Sun Belt) in four sets on Friday. The Golden Eagles’ two-headed monster of Mia Wesley and Kenzie Smith did not disappoint as the duo combined for 27 kills and 50 assists.

Southern Miss and South Alabama combined for 14 ties over the first two sets as the two teams each took a set from one another. With the first set tied at 10-all, South Alabama used a 6-2 run to pull ahead on the Golden Eagles.

Freshman Cailin Demps took over in the second set to propel the Golden Eagles to a 25-21 win. Demps recorded four kills and a block in the second set, while Cara Atkinson added three kills and a block.

South Alabama took a firm grasp of the momentum in the third set as they grabbed a 1-0 lead and never relinquished it. It would lead by as many as six before South Miss cut the deficit to 20-19 on an Atkinson kill. Wesley would briefly make it 24-21, but the Jaguars responded to win the set, 25-21.

The fourth set featured six ties and two lead changes, but South Alabama hung on to win, 28-26. Demps and Wesley each had six kills in the set, while Madi Bowles had two of her four kills in the final frame. The Golden Eagles had set point at 26-25, but a kill, Southern Miss attacking error, and Jaguar block sealed the victory.

Wesley’s game-high 26 kills came with a .250 hitting percentage, while Atkinson finished with 11 kills and a .500 hitting percentage.

Sophomore Megan Harris exploded for a career-high 32 digs, which was the most of any player on either team. Demps

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