Southern Miss begins four-match road trip with Friday tilt at Charlotte
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Three home matches later, the Southern Miss volleyball team is back on the road. First on the agenda is a trip east to take on the Charlotte 49ers at 5 p.m. CT Friday night. The match will also air on beIN Sports Connect.
By the conclusion of this upcoming four-match road swing, Southern Miss will have had eight of its 11 most-recent matches away from home.
Southern Miss head coach Amanda Berkley currently stands at 99-56 in her career, with every match coming as a Golden Eagle. She is second in school history for victories and first for win percentage (.639).
Charlotte (17-7, 5-5 C-USA) currently ranks No. 5 nationally in blocks with 3.10/set. It will be a welcomed challenge for the Golden Eagles, who rank No. 4 in the league for kills and hitting percentage. The 49ers at one point won 11 consecutive matches, ending against first-place WKU.
Last weekend, the Golden Eagles flew by Middle Tennessee in a Friday sweep, complete with a 22-4 lead in the third set and a miraculous -.132 hitting percentage allowed. Sunday's contest with FAU saw the home team overcome a 2-0 deficit but fall 15-10 in the fifth set.
Setter Sarah Bell is hitting .369 on the season and is enjoying her second-straight season of at least 11 assists per set. Catherine Repsher, a sophomore middle blocker, had 12 kills in Sunday's match against FAU, her eighth double-digit outing in that category and first since Sept. 9 versus Oklahoma.
Kylie Grandy has improved her kills and hitting percentage in each year she has been on campus. The junior has a team-high 276 kills and is fourth in C-USA play with 3.93 per set.
The Golden Eagles (15-9, 5-3 C-USA) have won each of the last three and five of the last six head-to-head battles with Charlotte. Last season's contest was a sweep for the Black and Gold, including a 25-16 rout in the second set. Grandy and Chanel Joyce each had double-digit kills and hitting percentages higher than .300. The squad also posted seven service aces, at the time its best against a C-USA foe since Oct. 4, 2015.