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Volleyball Makes 2016 Coliseum Debut Tuesday Night

Aug. 29, 2016

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The Southern Miss volleyball team will play its first 2016 Reed Green Coliseum contest Tuesday night at 6 p.m. against Southern.

The event will also be Two-Dollar Tuesday, meaning tickets, popcorn and soft drinks are all just two dollars each. The Golden Eagles will also sign posters for fans upon conclusion of the match. Fans can also tune in to C-USA TV and Southern Miss All-Access to watch the live stream.

Last weekend saw the Golden Eagles defeat McNeese State and Grambling at Oak Grove High School before falling 15-13 in the final set to Tulane on Saturday night. The Friday night contest against the Cowgirls saw Southern Miss lose the first set before winning 25-9 in consecutive bouts to ultimately win 3-1. The next afternoon's matchup with the Lady Tigers was a clean 3-0 decision.

Southern Miss won eight consecutive sets on the weekend before Tulane came back for the win. The last time the Golden Eagles accomplished such a feat was Sept. 1-4 in wins over Northwestern State, College of Charleston and Southeastern Louisiana.

The Golden Eagles currently lead C-USA with a .318 hitting percentage while placing third in blocks (2.5 per set) and service aces (2.25).

Someone from the host team led five of the six major categories. Freshman Catherine Repsher was the stepped up to pace the field in hitting percentage (.591) and blocks (1.7 per set) en route to earning All-Tournament honors. Both of those stats are current league leaders as well.

Sarah Bell's 12 assists per set gave her a comfortable lead there, and Stephany Purdue did her usual thing with 47 kills, edging out Repsher. Kylie Grandy did not play against Grambling but still registered six service aces (0.67 per set).

Bell's 57 in the final against Tulane tied a career-high. Natalie Druhan was exceptional as well for the Golden Eagles, posting seven aces and 35 digs.

About the Opponent and Series
The Jaguars split a Saturday doubleheader with Southeastern Louisiana, falling 3-1 before winning 3-1. They were 10-21 last year.

Southern Miss leads the all-time series 8-7, including four sweeps since 1999. The last meeting between the two teams before that came in 1982.

The Jaguars will be the fourth consecutive Louisiana team the Golden Eagles have faced, and the three matches this coming weekend will also be played at LSU. The 2014 Southern Miss squad faced five straight Louisiana teams early that year.

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