Middle Tennessee defeats Southern Miss in five-set thriller
Blue Raiders will face Auburn tonight at 7 PMSeptember 4, 2010 · Athletic Communications
"I expected a battle from Southern Miss today," said head coach Matt Peck. "They're the defending Conference USA champion and they have a lot of players back. I think our team might have relaxed a bit after we won the first two games. The great thing about it was that we came out in game five and finished it off. Our team needed to win a long, grueling match. That was a good win for us over a previously undefeated team. I couldn't be much happier."
Three Blue Raiders contributed 15 or more kills on the afternoon, led by Izabela Kozon's 17. Lindsay Cheatham and Ashley Adams each added a career-high fifteen kills, with Cheatham hitting a blistering .480 in the match. Maria Szivos and Stacy Oladinni chipped in 11 and 10 kills, respectively.
Defensively, Middle Tennessee was a force at the net, combining for 14 total team blocks to the Golden Eagles' 6. Cheatham had a pair of solo blocks and six assists, both career highs. Peterson also notched a career high with seven block assists. Oladinni had six block assists as well.
The Blue Raiders will continue play this evening against Auburn at 7 PM at Alumni Memorial Gym. The final match of the sixth annual Blue Raider Bash will be Sunday at 1 PM.
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