The Golden Eagles welcome three for the 2013 campaign.
Head Coach Abbey Sutherland
April 30, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss Volleyball coach Abbey Sutherland announced the signing of Chanel Joyce of San Mateo, Calif., Stephany Purdue of Mesa, Ariz., and Makareta Rademakers of Christchurch, New Zealand to national letters of intent and grant-in-aid to join the Golden Eagles volleyball program for the 2013-14 academic year.
2013 Southern Miss Volleyball Signees
San Mateo, Calif.
Aragon High School
Mountain View High School
Christchurch, New Zealand
Riccarton High School
Chanel Joyce 5-10 Outside Hitter San Mateo, Calif. Aragon High School
Attended Aragon High School where she was a three-year letterwinner and starter ... Earned first team all-league honors as a senior and second team honors as a junior .... Named her team's most valuable player ... Earned the most improved player award as a junior ... Received the Most Athletic Female Award at Aragon HS ... Also earned letters in basketball and track and field ... Competed in the long jump, high jump and ran on the 4x400m relay team and helped her team advanced to the state finals ... Was an eight-year competitive cheerleader ... Daughter of the late Brandy Orge
Played for 650 Xtreme Volleyball Club for three years.
Why Southern Miss
"I chose Southern Miss because it was everything I had been looking for in a college and I felt very comfortable there. The team and the coaching staff were all very welcoming and I felt like I had known everyone for years after my first time meeting them. I loved everyone I met because they were such an exciting, enthusiastic group of people and that is just what I need. The campus was beautiful and I am looking forward to spending the next four years here. Southern Miss is also great college town where the entire community is very involved with the athletics and that's exactly what I was looking for!"
Stephany Purdue 5-11 Utility Meza, Ariz. Mountain View High School
Attended Mountain View High School ... A four-year letterwinner and starter ... Voted her team's captain ... Received the Most Valuable Player Award ... Earned all-state honorable mention honors two times ... Named all-city first team as a senior ... Daughter of Jim and Joanne Purdue
Played club volleyball for Aspire Volleyball Club, the 16 Silver (2010-11 season), 18 Black Team (2011-12) and 18 Back (2012-13) ... East Valley Juniors Volleyball Club (2004-2009)
Why Southern Miss?
"Before visiting Southern Miss, I had never experienced 'Southern hospitality'. It was a wonderful feeling to be welcomed onto the campus. Right away I knew that Southern Miss could be a home away from home. The University of Southern Mississippi is everything I have ever wanted in a college! The team is close, the campus is beautiful, and the coaches train with high intensity. Another aspect is that the school is strong in what I am going to major in and will prepare me for my future. Also, I loved how everyone in the town of Hattiesburg was fans of Southern Miss! I am very excited for the true college experience that Southern Miss will provide for me."
Makareta Rademakers 5-8 Setter Christchurch, New Zealand Riccarton High School
Played volleyball, netball and basketball at Riccarton High School ... Daughter of John Rademakers and Vicky Cowley
New Zealand Under 19 Volleyball Team 2012 ... Competed in the 2012 Junior Women's Volleyball Championships in Thailand (Sept - Oct 2012) as the starting setter ... New Zealand Senior Women's Team (Vietnam) non travelling reserve 2012 ... Smash Senior Volleyball Team 2012 ... Placed 12th at the National Volleyball Club Championships, Nelson, August 2012 ... New Zealand Secondary Schools Team 2010 - 2012 ... Played Australia Secondary School team in Trans-Tasman Tournament ... South Island Secondary Schools Team 2010 - 2012 Played in the Trans-Tasman series against North Island, Queensland and New South Wales secondary school teams ... New Zealand Under 17 Volleyball Team 2010 ... Competed at the Australia State Championships in Perth (July 2010)
Honors and Awards
Named Canterbury Junior Women Volleyball Person of the Year 2012(Canterbury Volleyball Association) ... Nominated for the Canterbury Junior Sportswoman of the Year award (Canterbury Sports Awards) 2012 ... Canterbury Secondary School Volleyball Person of the Year (Zonta Sports Awards) 2012 ... Riccarton High School Most Valuable Volleyball Player 2012 ... Riccarton High School Sportswoman of the Year 2010 - 2011
Why Southern Miss?
Southern Miss has so much to offer; a wide range of academic options, the volleyball program seems great and both Coach Abbey and Coach Amanda were really easy to talk to throughout the whole process. Talking to them about the University gave me a better idea of its atmosphere and spirit. Making the decision to play collegiate volleyball in America was a daunting decision by itself, but with Southern Miss everything just seemed to fit.