Southern Miss splits on Saturday in Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic
NEW ORLEANS -- The Golden Eagle volleyball team was able to shed a morning defeat to Oklahoma (29-27, 18-25, 17-25, 24-26) and come out crisp in the mid-afternoon bout with Nicholls for a Saturday sweep (25-17, 25-11, 25-18) on Tulane's campus.
"Sarah [Bell] does a nice job leading the team and putting her hitters in a great position to get a kill," head coach Amanda Berkley said. "I am happy we were able to bounce back today and get the win."
Catherine Repsher posted a career-high 19 kills on a .324 clip in the opener against Oklahoma, besting her 18 against Little Rock two Saturdays prior.
Both Morgan Miller (19 kills) and Alyssa Enneking (18) carried the Sooners through the morning.
The Golden Eagles (8-4) swept Nicholls for the second time on the year in the nightcap, improving their all-time record in the series to 38-14. The second set was where the biggest damage was done, a .579-.000 difference in hitting percentage. Defensively, Southern Miss had its lowest defensive hitting percentage at .048 that was helped by 10 blocks.
Chandler Marshall had six kills and a .714 hitting percentage against the Colonels, her best outing since having 11 kills and a .562 mark against the same team on Opening Day.
Five Golden Eagle points came by way of the service ace. Kylie Grandy had a pair (giving her 19 on the year), and Melanie Miller, Natalie Druhan and Madison Lawler each added one.
Southern Miss will return to the Pelican State on Tuesday night for a 6 p.m. tilt at Southeastern Louisiana.
-Sarah Bell totaled 81 assists on the day, giving her 3,140 for her career.
-Melanie Miller recorded back-to-back career-highs in digs (7 vs. Oklahoma, 10 against Nicholls).
-Kelsey Chambers had 35 attacks in the swing, her most since having 55 in a two-set span since Nov. 8-12, 2015.
-Southern Miss had not lost back-to-back matches since 2015.