Southern Miss Cruises Past Marshall in C-USA Home Opener
Fifth straight win against Marshall
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The Southern Miss volleyball team waited 30 days between home matches and gave its fans a wonderful welcome, sweeping Marshall (25-18, 25-15, 25-16) on Friday night inside Reed Green Coliseum. It was the Golden Eagles' fifth straight win in the series.
"It was a great match for us," head coach Amanda Berkley said. "I think we just played low-air volleyball. Kylie Grandy had a great match for us, and she didn't have any errors. She served really well, and I think it was one of her first matches where she didn't have any service errors. It was a good rebound from our last match at UTSA. They just played really well."
There were just two lead changes the whole match. The first came when Marshall started the night with 11-6 and 12-8 leads that quickly evaporated. Southern Miss responded with a 12-3 run that put it up 20-15. Catherine Repsher had a kill and service ace during the momentum shift and Chanel Joyce also added a pair of kills.
The Golden Eagles (13-5, 2-1 C-USA) did not take anything off the pedal. A blistering 8-2 start in the second set forced Marshall into calling a timeout. One of Grandy's service errors upped the lead back to 14-8, but a Herd timeout did not prevent back-to-back attack errors immediately after it. Before anyone knew it, Southern Miss took its largest lead of the night at 24-11.
Marshall (13-6, 2-1 C-USA) took its second lead of the match with a 2-0 start in the third set. Southern Miss remained unfazed and still took on an 8-5 lead after one of Repsher's kills. Alexis Coombs got in on the action as well with one of her own after Marshall called a timeout facing a 15-10 deficit. Two kills by Purdue sandwiched one from Bell to end the night.
Southern Miss is off for the rest of the weekend and will welcome Western Kentucky to Hattiesburg at 6 p.m. Thursday night.
NOTABLE -The Golden Eagles have won all four meetings with Marshall in the Amanda Berkley era.
-The Herd was held to a .103 hitting percentage, the best C-USA defensive showing by Southern Miss since the 2015 sweep at Marshall.
-Southern Miss hit .294 as a team, its best since going .317 on Sept. 10 versus Northwestern State.
-Stephany Purdue's team-high 11 kills puts her within 100 of the all-time school career record (Tosha Barnicoat, 1,566 from 1996-99).
-Kylie Grandy's two service aces in three sets. She entered the night fourth in C-USA with 0.39 per set. -Grandy's .476 hitting percentage was the second-best of her career (.611 versus Southern on Aug. 30).
-Catherine Repsher's seven blocks (one solo, six assisted) accounted for all the team's action. Chanel Joyce was in one five of those.
-Sarah Bell was one dig away from a double-double (28 assists).
-Makareta Rademakers' 11 digs tied a season-high.