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Getting to Know Mary Pursell

Mary Pursell

Nov. 2, 2012

Mary Pursell has played in 20 matches and started 11. She has six aces and 97 digs. The Kenner, La., native played her high school volleyball at St. Mary's Dominican High School where she was a four-year letterwinner. She earned 6-5A all-district selections and was named the 2011 6-5A Player of the Year.

Full Name: Mary Elizabeth Pursell

Nickname(s): Monkey

Birthdate: Nov. 18

Major(s): Forensics (CJ) Minor: Psychology (major may switch to minor and minor may switch to major)

Family members (parents + include ages with siblings): Father: Ricky Pursell; Mother: Susanne Pursell; Brother: Ryan Pursell - 21

Family members who competed in college or professional athletics (where and when): Father played baseball at Tulane in the late 80's. Brother played baseball at Delgado in 2008-2011

Hobbies/Interests: Volleyball, Playing the drums, Music, putting together clothes and outfits

Do you do any volunteer activities? If yes, what? No

Athlete: Misty May- Treanor
Movie: Grease
TV show: Criminal Minds
Sports team: Saints
Food: Ice cream
Place on campus: The Rock
Cartoon character: Jerry from Tom and Jerry
Vacation spot: Gatlinburg
Volleyball player: Misty May-Treanor

First started volleyball (age/grade): 9/ 4th grade

Most memorable match: when my LAVB team beat A5 in the semifinal match at Big South in Atlanta my 17's year

My favorite thing about Southern Miss Volleyball are: my teammates

Best road trip: when I went to Memphis for volleyball

Before each match I ... (do what): build confidence within myself and focus on letting my skills, abilities and the things I've been taught take over

In off-season training, I worked on: my agility and core strength

This summer, I did (What are you doing now? - classes, working, etc.): I worked and worked out

The best thing about Hattiesburg is: The people are so friendly, and it's not too far from home

When I run out onto the court in the Coliseum, I think: I feel so blessed to be here

If I wasn't playing college volleyball, I would be ... (doing what): working a lot and going to school

My idea of happiness is: freedom from pessimism and negativity. Only thoughts of optimism and contentment ... even if it's only for a moment. Also, the feeling of being proud of yourself.

My role models are: Misty May-Treanor (my hero!) and my parents and my senior year religion teacher

What talent would you like to have? I would like to be able to break dance

Fantasy job/career: be a famous actress

One thing I absolutely have to do before I turn 40: Go sky- diving

Post-college/career plans: Work for some kind of government agency working with criminal behavioral analysis

If I could bring one thing from my hometown, it would be: the freeing, elaborating atmosphere

The most unusual thing the average person would not know about me is: I like to blow dry myself with a blow dryer when I'm cold

I can't live without: my family

Greatest invention of the last 100 years: Television

What is your greatest achievement or regret? Winning the biggest possible award in Los Angeles when I went there for an acting competition.

Which fictional or historical figure would you like to meet? Abe Lincoln

Most famous person I've met: Amanda Shaw

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Fly

If you were Coach Sutherland for a day, what would you do? Take everyone out for ice cream after practice

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