Southern Miss Welcomes North Texas on Sunday
Golden Eagles won 3-1 in Denton the previous meeting
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Southern Miss will play its first home-and-home opponent Sunday at noon when North Texas comes to town in a big C-USA battle.
The Golden Eagles (17-7, 6-3 C-USA) defeated the Mean Green 3-1 in Denton back on Sept. 23, the league opener for both schools.
"That was a really gritty win for us," head coach Amanda Berkley said. "North Texas is always a tough matchup for us. We had to fight and battle for this win. I think Stephany [Purdue] played well on the outside and offensively Sarah did a great job there and also on defense. Overall it was a good win. It was nice to start the conference season 1-0."
Kylie Grandy's birthday saw her produce the final two winning plays of the night, as well as a 12-kill, 12-dig performance that gave her a team-high seventh double-double.
Southern Miss enters Sunday with four wins in its last five outings, most recently sweeping Charlotte on Friday night. The 49ers were held to an .093 hitting percentage, Southern Miss' best since Sept. 13 at ULM and lowest in a C-USA match since Nov. 9, 2014.
Stephany Purdue also enters the day needing 35 kills to tie Tosha Barnicoat's all-time career record of 1,566. The senior recorded a double-double on Friday.
The Golden Eagles lead North Texas 5-4 in the series history, and the Mean Green have alternated wins and losses in their past four outings, most recently falling 3-1 to Rice on Friday. UNT (11-13, 5-4 C-USA) is right behind Southern Miss in the standings.
Amanda Chamberlain will be the one to watch for North Texas, who enters the day with a .411 hitting percentage in league play (No. 4).