Oct. 31, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss volleyball team is set to host Conference USA foe East Carolina on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in Reed Green Coliseum.
Golden Eagle Preview
Southern Miss enters the match with a 12-12 record overall and 3-6 in C-USA play following a pair of 3-1 losses at Middle Tennessee and Tulsa last weekend.
Quinci Hayward continues to lead the team offensively with 354 kills for a 4.02 per set average followed by Jasmine Crowell (219/2.49 kps), Stephany Purdue (206/2.34 kps) and Elise Ames (196/2.31 kps). Kristen Fleming directs the offense at 10.86 assists per set, while Mary Pursell has a team-leading 4.77 digs per set average. Ames also leads the team with 73 total blocks and Shelby Russell has recorded a team-high 19 aces. As a team, Southern Miss is averaging 13.22 kills per set while averaging 0.99 aces per set, 14.36 digs per set and 1.75 blocks per set.
Scouting the Pirates
East Carolina is 11-15 overall and 2-7 in league play after finishing last weekend with a 1-1 record with a 3-1 win over FIU and 3-2 loss at Florida Atlantic. Nicole Willis and Whitney Campbell lead the Pirates in kills with 351 (3.77 kps) and 170 (2.18 kps), respectively. Zarah Cecich guides the offense as she has dished out 8.06 assists per set. Shelby Beasley tops the defense with 3.94 digs per set. In blocking, Kierra Lee-Dunson is averaging 0.88 blocks per set. As a team, East Carolina is averaging 11.41 kills per set, 1.04 service aces per set, 15.46 digs per set and 2.02 blocks per set.
The Series: Southern Miss vs. East Carolina
Southern Miss leads the all-time series against East Carolina 14-7 in a series dating back to 2001.
Southern Miss' match against Grambling State scheduled for Nov. 5 has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict. The Golden Eagles will remain at home to host Marshall on Nov. 8 at 5 p.m., followed by a match against FIU on Nov. 10 at 12 p.m.