HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The Southern Miss volleyball team will hit the road for a second time this season for a trip to Oxford, Miss., for the Rebel Classic, Sept. 11-12.
The Golden Eagles (9-0) will take on Belmont (2-4) on Friday at 1 p.m. and host Ole Miss (7-1) at 5:30 p.m. The Black and Gold continues play, concluding with Buffalo at 10 a.m.
SCOUTING SOUTHERN MISS
Southern Miss is coming off a 3-0 victory at Jackson State Tuesday night. Junior Stephany Purdue led the way with 10 kills while Kylie Grandy added seven kills and six digs. The team finished with a .306 hitting clip to go with 27 digs and 9.0 team blocks.
Purdue leads the team offensively with a 4.73 kills per set average as Sarah Bell guides the offense with a 9.39 assist per set average. Mary Pursell leads the team defensively on the back row to the tune of 4.70 digs per set while Ames is the top blocker with a 1.34 per set average. Grandy also leads the team in 15 aces.
A LOOK AT THE TOURNAMENT FIELD
Belmont enters the weekend with a 2-4 record. Arianna Person leads the team offensively with a 3.27 kill average on a .125 hitting clip. Emma Price guides the offense with 9.40 assists per set. Person is tops on the team in digs with 3.77 digs per set with Ellie Ivancich next at 3.35. As a team, the Bruins are averaging 12.00 kills on .159 hitting, 13.85 digs and 1.54 team blocks.
Ole Miss owns a 7-1 record. Nakeyta Clair leads the team with 93 kills for a 3.10 per set average. Aubrey Edie is in charge of the setting duties for the Rebels, averaging 11.40 per set. Kristen Brashear leads the team in digs with 3.40 per set. As a team, the Rebels are averaging 14.07 kills on a .273 hitting clip, 13.67 digs and 1.73 team blocks.
Buffalo enters the weekend with a 0-5 record. Cassie Shado leads the Bulls with 2.00 kills per set. Marissa Prinzbach guides the offense with 6.88 assists per set. Niki Bozinoski leads the team in digs with 3.38 per set. As a team, the Bulls are averaging 7.94 kills per set on .031 hitting, 11.38 digs and 2.19 team blocks.
SERIES RECORD AGAINST THE FIELD
This is the second meeting between Southern Miss and Belmont ... The last time the two teams played was Sept. 1, 2001 with Southern Miss winning 3-1 ... This is the 30th meeting between Southern Miss and Ole Miss ... The Rebels lead the all-time series 25-4 ... The teams last played Sept. 20, 2013 in Oxford with Ole Miss winning 3-0 ... Southern Miss and Buffalo have played only once ... The only meeting took place in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Aug. 31, 2008 ... The Golden Eagles won that meeting 3-1.
Following the Rebel Classic, Southern Miss returns home to host UNO on Sept. 15 at 6 p.m.
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