Mary Pursell Earns C-USA Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship

June 20, 2016

IRVING, Texas - Conference USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod named the 14 recipients of the Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship Awards today, including Mary Pursell, a former women’s volleyball student-athlete at Southern Miss.


Pursell earned four letters as the libero for the Golden Eagle volleyball team. An accounting major, she received a C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal all four years and graduated last month with a 3.862 GPA. Pursell, who hails from Kenner, La., was also commended for her stellar performances on the court.

She was named C-USA Libero of the Year back-to-back seasons, earning All-Conference USA first-team honors those same 2014 and 2015 seasons. Her 677 total digs in 2015 set the single-season school record and ranked seventh on the NCAA charts.

Pursell will be attending the University of Mississippi beginning this summer to obtain her master’s degree in accountancy.

Here is a list of the 2016 Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship Award winners:

Alexis Betancourt, Softball, Charlotte
Robin Spiegel, Men’s Soccer, FIU
Derek Moise, Football, Florida Atlantic
Diamond Every, Women’s Track & Field, Louisiana Tech
Jack Hopkins, Men’s Soccer, Marshall
Nayara Moraes, Women’s Tennis, Middle Tennessee
Kedron Sowells, Men’s Track & Field, North Texas
Edwin Logan Teal, Men’s Swimming, Old Dominion
Solomiya Zinko, Women’s Tennis, Rice
Mary Pursell, Volleyball, Southern Miss
Elaine Simon, Women’s Tennis, UAB
Cameasha Turner, Women’s Basketball, UTEP
Kauwela Neal, Women’s Soccer, UTSA
Rachel Engle, Volleyball, WKU

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