Golden Eagles pick up road sweep of Southeastern Louisiana
HAMMOND, La. -- Three Golden Eagles recorded double-digit kills, but it was freshman defensive specialist/libero Melanie Miller who stole the show in a Tuesday night sweep of Southeastern Louisiana (25-17, 25-18, 26-24).
The Prairieville, La., native made her first-career start. Not only that, it came in the same venue her sister, Megan, called home as a member of the Lady Lions. She also posted a career-high 17 digs after accomplishing the same feat with 10 in Saturday's sweep of Nicholls.
"I think what helped us with some of those runs were strong serving," head coach Amanda Berkley said. "Melanie did a real nice job serving and keeping the ball in play and making it tough for Southeastern. She made plays and that was nice to see."
"It was real good to play here where my sister played four years ago and also at Tulane this weekend where my mom played," Miller, who also had four assists after having two all year prior, said. "It was good seeing my family in such a short time.
It was also the 10th time in a row, dating back to 2005, that Southern Miss came out victorious against Southeastern Louisiana.
It was in the early going where Southern Miss made its mark for the night. The Lady Lions called a timeout with a 19-14 deficit, and Southern Miss came firing out of the gate with four straight points by way of three kills and a ball-handling error.
The second set saw the Golden Eagles open up a 14-5 run after trailing 6-3. Miller picked up a service ace, her fifth of the year, in the process. Over those first two sets, the Lady Lions were held to just an .035 hitting percentage.
The Golden Eagles (9-4) trailed 11-7 in the first set before Marshall and Repsher combined for three kills and a forced timeout by Southeastern Louisiana.
Southern Miss will now set its eyes toward its last tournament of the season, and a big one at that in Madison, Wisc. The Golden Eagles take on Marquette at 6 p.m. Friday before squaring off with Wisconsin at 7 p.m. Saturday. Berkley and associate head coach David Brown are both Badger grads.
NOTABLE -Southern Miss has won the first set in 11 of its 13 matches.
-The Golden Eagles held the Lady Lions to an .059 hitting percentage, the fifth time this year the opponent finished under .100.
-Alexis Coombs entered the night with 14 blocks over her previous two matches, the most by a Golden Eagle over such a span since 2011. She had five block assists against the Lady Lions.
-Kylie Grandy picked up her team-high fourth double-double (11 kills, 10 digs).
-Catherine Repsher finished one dig shy of a career-high and had 10 kills for a .350 hitting percentage.
-Sarah Bell had four kills in as many attempts.