Golden Eagles Top Northwestern State in Straight Sets
Alexis Coombs and Kylie Grandy pick up All-Tournament honors
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Southern Miss volleyball team made quick work of Northwestern State (25-12, 25-15, 25-11) in the final match of the Crimson Tide Invitational on Saturday afternoon.
"We had another total team effort," head coach Amanda Berkley said. "I thought we were very effective blocking today and Cat Repsher did a great job there as well. It was also nice to see Ashley Berry take some big swings on the right side. I also though we passed pretty well and Sarah [Bell] was able to run the offense."
Kylie Grandy (37 kills, 41 digs, two service aces) and Alexis Coombs (20 kills, seven blocks) made the All-Tournament team.
The Golden Eagles soared to a 10-1 run in the midst of the first set that put them up 16-7. Kylie Grandy added two kills in that span.
Southern Miss took a 5-1 lead in the second set and never looked back. It was 10-6 before the Black and Gold rattled off seven consecutive points, helped by a pair of Coombs kills. Morganne Jones set Sarah Bell up for the Golden Eagles' penultimate point, and a service error finished the set.
The third set developed from a 7-2 Southern Miss lead to a 19-8 one. Kelsey Chambers and Alexis Douglas added kills in the final stages.
The Golden Eagles' road match and tournament stretch continues Tuesday with a 6:30 p.m. contest at ULM.
-The Golden Eagles have won three straight meetings with the Lady Demons and improved to 13-4 all-time.
-The first set victory was Southern Miss' most lopsided since defeating Southern 25-11 in the second (Aug. 30).
-Southern Miss is 7-2 in its three 2016 tournaments.
-Head coach Amanda Berkley has led the Golden Eagles to a 33-14 record in tournament play during her four years.
-Kylie Grandy (14 kills, 12 digs) recorded her fourth double-double of the year, tying her with Stephany Purdue for the team lead.