Black Wins Final Three Sets, Including 16-14 in Final to Defeat Gold
Purdue's 27 kills not enough for Gold
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Chanel Joyce had a team-high 12 digs and added nine kills as the Black squad rallied from two sets down to defeat the Gold (22-25, 18-25, 25-22, 25-21, 16-14) on Saturday afternoon inside Reed Green Coliseum.
One of Stephany Purdue's game-high 27 kills gave Gold a 10-7 lead in that fifth set, but Black responded with four consecutive points. A service error put Gold within match-point at 14-13, but back-to-back bad sets and a kill from Joyce won the day.
"Our outsides did an outstanding job, especially Stephany," head coach Amanda Berkley said. "She really was a leader today. I think we still have to get better at distributing balls to the middles and right sides, but overall I saw some really good things."
Purdue's 27 kills were nine more than the next-closest Golden Eagle. She was primarily assisted by Makareta Rademakers (44 on the day).
Kylie Grandy had four service aces and 10 digs, while also adding a Black-high 18 kills. Natalie Druhan totaled 22 digs, the most for anyone.
The coaches and players hosted a kids' clinic before the scrimmage, including young elementary ages all the way to middle schoolers. Everyone sat down at a table on the baseline at the end to sign autographs as well.
The Golden Eagles begin their 2016 regular season with the Southern Miss Invitational. This year's edition will be played at Oak Grove High School, and the first contest for the host team is Friday night at 7:30 p.m. against McNeese State.