Volleyball falls in C-USA semifinals to WKU
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Southern Miss' fourth consecutive 20-win season came to a close on Saturday afternoon with a C-USA Championship semifinal defeat to WKU (21-25, 18-25, 20-25).
"I'm proud of this team and the run they had," head coach Amanda Berkley said. "Really proud of Natalie Druhan and Kelsey Chambers for the careers they had here at Southern Miss. Western Kentucky is a very good team and they were in a system a lot today and just very tough to stop."
Druhan and Chambers ended their careers as the all-time winningest class with 87 victories, besting the previous year's record of 84.
The Golden Eagles led 13-10 in the third set after a 4-0 run that included a kill from Dani Ajayi, just her 11th kill of the season. It even got to 14-10 when WKU came out of its timeout with an attack error.
Southern Miss led 6-3 and 10-8 in the second set, but WKU roared ahead offensively with several kills. It took that momentum of a .270, first-set hitting percentage to a .342 clip in the second.
Kylie Grandy led the way with 10 kills. Alyssa Cavanaugh paced the Lady Toppers with 17 kills. This was Southern Miss' second-straight semifinal appearance.
-Kylie Grandy will enter her senior year in the No. 6 spot for career service aces with 147.
-She also finished with 389 kills on the year, No. 9 among all-time juniors.
-Chandler Marshall finished with 347 kills, the fourth-most by a freshman in school history (and most by a rookie since 1995).
-Sarah Bell will enter her senior season with 3,923 assists, four away from the No. 3 spot on the career list.
-Southern Miss recorded 10 blocks, its most since Oct. 20 and 22 (11 blocks).