HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The Golden Eagle volleyball team is just two days away from its season opener at 7:30 p.m. against McNeese State. The Southern Miss Invitational features Tulane and Grambling State as well and will be held at Oak Grove High School.
SouthernMiss.com takes an inside look at some numbers that fans should know heading into the 2016 campaign:
1989-90: The last time Southern Miss had consecutive 20-win seasons before the Golden Eagles accomplished the feat from 2014-15.
3: Consecutive seasons that the program has increased its win total (8, 17, 20, 24).
10: Consecutive matches the team won to begin the 2015 season (best start in school history).
61-39: Head coach Amanda Berkley's record at the school. So far, she is the first volleyball coach at Southern Miss with a winning tenure since Santiago Restrepo was 52-30 from 2001-03.
2004: The year that graduate assistant coach Carlos Moreno earned AVCA Player of the Year honors while leading BYU to the men's national championship.
363: The amount of kills that Stephany Purdue must record to break the school career record. She has averaged 401 per year to this point, including 524 in 2015 (second-most all-time).
1,364: Assists that Sarah Bell had in 2015 as a freshman. It was enough to launch her into the No. 10 spot in the school career record book. It was also the fourth-most in a single season for a Golden Eagle.
10.42: Assists per set for Bell last year, third-best in the league.
1,555: The amount of miles Purdue traveled to play for the Golden Eagles, the closest distance of the three seniors.
8,040: The amount of miles that senior Makareta Rademakers traveled to be a part of the Southern Miss family (Christchurch, New Zealand).
3: Majors that assistant coach David Brown had when he graduated from Wisconsin in 2013 (history, political science and history education).
54: Service aces for Kylie Grandy, and her 0.39 per set led C-USA.
16.58: Digs per set that Southern Miss had in 2015 conference matches, the best in the league. The Golden Eagles return three of their top four performers in that category (Grandy, Purdue, Bell).
4: Conference USA Players of the Week last year (two co-recipients of the honor). That's the most the volleyball team has had since 2011.
TICKETS: Fans can purchase single-game and season tickets for the coming season by either calling 1-800-844-TICK, visiting the Pat Ferlise Center on campus during business hours, or visiting SouthernMissTickets.com.
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