Weekly Southern Miss SAAC Awards Go to Grandy, Staggers
Both student-athletes exceeded their usual efficiency and led Southern Miss to big wins
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- An astounding weekend for both the volleyball and football teams earned outside hitter Kylie Grandy and wide receiver Allenzae Staggers SAAC Players of the Week Awards, as voted on by their peers.
Grandy was the epitome of efficiency for the Golden Eagles, producing 10 kills and no errors in a sweep over Marshall. The sophomore from Rolesville, N.C., has had double-digit kills in seven straight games and in nine of her last 10. It was just the second time in her career she had no errors in a contest (9 kills in the 2015 contest at UAB). The .476 hitting percentage was the second-best of her career, going .611 versus Southern on Aug. 30 (12-1-18). Her five assists were her most on the season and marked her third time reaching that career-high. Grandy’s two service aces moved her up to second in C-USA (0.40 per set).
The Golden Eagles (13-5, 2-1 C-USA) have another big match Thursday at 6 p.m. against No. 25 Western Kentucky
Staggers, a junior from Woodville, Miss., caught six passes for a school-record 292 receiving yards (surpassing Kendrick Lee's 260 against Houston on Nov. 9, 1996). His catches included touchdown receptions of 75, 81 and 93 yards. It was the first three TD receiving game for the program since Mike Thomas had that number against North Texas in 2015, and those scoring catches were the first three he made in the contest. According to ESPN Stats and Info, he is the first college player in 10 years to catch three 75-plus yard touchdowns in the same game.
He also garnered an ESPN helmet sticker for his performance against the Owls, marking the first time that has happened for a Golden Eagle since 2013. His other catches included grabs of 19, 16 and eight yards for a 48.7 reception average. His receiving total for the game also ranks second all-time in Conference USA. This season, Staggers has 17 catches for 470 yards and five touchdowns, while the 93-yard reception marked the third longest pass play in Southern Miss history.
Staggers and Southern Miss (4-1, 2-0 C-USA) will look to take their offensive momentum inside the Alamodome Saturday for an 11 a.m. game with UTSA.