Southern Miss sweeps LA Tech behind hot offensive attack
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Southern Miss' .383 hitting percentage was its second-highest in a C-USA match all season, and the Golden Eagles soared to a sweep of visiting LA Tech (25-19, 25-14, 25-20) on Thursday night in Reed Green Coliseum.
"I'm just really proud of the team after being down 12-7 in the first set and coming back," head coach Amanda Berkley said. "We made some adjustments at the timeout with some tips and rules and picked them up from LA Tech and ran our offense from there. It was a total team win and we got everyone in."
The squad chipped away from that aforementioned deficit to tie it at 18 on a Lady Techster attack error. A kill by Catherine Repsher forced a LA Tech timeout, and Sarah Bell continued to hold serve through a 23-19 lead, adding an ace in there for good measure.
Bell ultimately finished with five kills on seven attacks with no errors for a .714 hitting percentage. Kelsey Chambers had one of the most efficient nights of her career as well with a nine kill, one-error, 13-attack stat line (.615 hitting percentage).
LA Tech (7-22, 2-12 C-USA) had to call timeouts in the second set with 9-3 and 17-9 deficits as the Golden Eagles rolled to a .467 hitting percentage. In the third set, the Golden Eagles (18-11, 8-5 C-USA) trailed by two a pair of times before Ashley Berry's kill put them ahead for good at 10-9.
Southern Miss will have its home finale Saturday at 12 p.m. against FIU. The team will honor seniors Kelsey Chambers and Natalie Druhan pregame.
-Kylie Grandy needs just five kills to reach 1,000 for her career.
-Grandy, Sarah Bell, Alexis Coombs, Kelsey Chambers and Catherine Repsher combined for 33 kills and just three errors.
-The team's best C-USA hitting percentage was .458 at home against UTEP on Oct. 16.
-Southern Miss has held eight of its last nine opponents to sub-.200 hitting percentages.