Sept. 4, 2014
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss volleyball team (3-1) travels to Lafayette, La., to play in its second tournament of the season on Sept. 5-6 when the Golden Eagles face Northwestern State, Louisiana, Southern and Nicholls State in the Sawyer Camillo Classic.
On Friday, the Golden Eagles will square off at 12 p.m., against Northwestern State before taking on host Louisiana at 7 p.m. Southern Miss closes out the classic with matches against Southern at 3 p.m. and Nicholls State at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Southern Miss enters the weekend with a 3-1 record after dropping a 3-0 decision to Troy on Monday afternoon.
Stephany Purdue and Quinci Hayward lead the Golden Eagles offensively, averaging 3.54 and 3.38 kills per set while Jasmine Crowell is next at 2.46 kills per set. Kristen Fleming guides the offense after averaging 10.54 assists per set. Alex Pfefferle has stepped into the Libero position and leads the team in digs with a 3.38 per set average while Crowell and Elise Ames lead the team blocks with 1.38 and 1.00 blocks per set, respectively.
As a team, USM is averaging 14.54 kills, 14.77 digs, 1.85 aces and 2.46 team blocks per set.
Southern Miss has several players ranking in the top 10 among Conference USA leaders in statistical categories. Purdue ranks among the leaders in kills, aces and points while Crowell rank among the leaders in hitting percentage, blocks and points. Hayward ranks among the leaders in kills and points with Shelby Russell ranks among the leaders service aces, Fleming ranks among the leaders in assists and Ames ranks among the leaders in hitting percentage and blocks. Pfefferle ranks in the top 10 in digs.
A Look at Northwestern State
Northwestern State enters the weekend with a 2-1 record overall. As a team, the Lady Demons are averaging 11.45 kills per set on .241 hitting. Northwestern State averages 12.73 digs and 2.27 team blocks per set. Mackenzie Neely leads the in kills at 3.25 per set while Lauren Agan adds 2.64 kills per set. Emily Johnson and Natalie Jaeger guide the team with 4.70 and 4.20 assists per set, respectively. Keelie Arneson is the defensive leader with 5.36 digs per set.
Series Record against the Lady Demons
Southern Miss leads the series with Northwestern State 11-4. The Lady Eagles defeated the Golden Eagles last season 3-1.
Louisiana enters the weekend with 3-0 record. As a team, Louisiana is averaging 11.85 kills on .191 hitting, 12.31 digs per set and 1.85 team blocks per set. Kaylee Nemeth leads the team, averaging 3.31 kills per set with Stacey Reilly and Chanelle Gardner at 2.62 and 2.15, respectively. Andrea Hole runs the offense and is averaging 10.62 assists per set, while Caitlyn Auxilien paces the team with 3.00 digs per set.
Series Record against the Ragin' Cajuns
Louisiana leads the series with Southern Miss 22-10. The teams played only once last season with the Ragin' Cajuns taking a five-setter.
A Look at Southern
Southern enters the weekend with a 1-3 record overall. As a team, the Jaguars are averaging 9.05 kills per set on .088 hitting. Southern averages 12.29 digs and 1.23 team blocks per set. Marisol Marias leads the team with 35 kills followed by Melodie Malone with 30. Phalen Clark guide the team with 7.41 assists per set average. Diamond Williams is the defensively leader with 4.35 digs per set.
Series Record against the Jaguars
Southern leads the series with Southern Miss 7-5. The teams have not played since 1007 when they faced off in Montgomery, Ala.
A Look at Nicholls State
Nicholls State enters the weekend with 2-1 record. As a team, Colonels are averaging 12.09 kills on .209 hitting, 13.82 digs per set and 1.36 team blocks per set. Kaci Eaton leads the team, averaging 3.55 kills per set with Kali Schwartz and Kayla Burling at 2.00 apiece. Ainsley Marroccoli runs the offense and is averaging a combined 10.91 assists per set, while Kalynn Egea paces the team with 5.18 digs per set.
Series Record against the Colonels
Southern Miss leads the series record against Nicholls State 33-14. The Golden Eagles won an earlier match this season in the Southern Miss Invitational.
Following the Sawyer Camille Classic, Southern Miss travels to UNO on Tuesday matchup on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.