Volleyball battles LA Tech to begin final home weekend
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Southern Miss is 40-10 at home since the start of the 2014 season, and Thursday's 6 p.m. match with LA Tech serves as the penultimate home contest of the 2017 campaign.
This will also be the final match to air on The Score 1400 AM. Per usual, both weekend tilts will air on CUSA.tv. Saturday's Senior Day has first serve at 12 p.m. with a pregame ceremony honoring Kelsey Chambers and Natalie Druhan.
Southern Miss, as of Thursday, sits tied for fifth with Florida Atlantic, who would hold the tiebreaker for that seed based on a five-set win over the Golden Eagles on Oct. 22. Southern Miss is a lock for the C-USA Tournament, something it has accomplished in each of its five years under head coach Amanda Berkley.
The Golden Eagles (17-11, 7-5 C-USA) has won 11 in a row against Louisiana Tech, including a sweep on Oct. 13. While the third set was not the deciding factor on the day, it was where the most action took place. Southern Miss trailed 15-8 before unleashing an 8-1 run. It still trailed 21-19, but a kill and three attack errors put the Golden Eagles back in front for good. LA Tech hit just .051 in that final set.
Kylie Grandy is 13 kills away from crossing 1,000 for her career. She has been held to single-digit kills just three times this season, and she only played in six of those nine sets. Grandy joins UTSA's Marijeta Runjic as the only ones to rank in the top-10 for kills and aces against C-USA foes this season.
Chandler Marshall needs just 11 kills to crack the top-10 for most by a freshman in school history.
The Golden Eagles this past weekend swept UAB and fell in four sets to Rice, both on the road. While it has held seven of its last eight opponents to sub-.200 hitting percentages, Southern Miss committed a season-high 38 attack errors against the Owls, who do rank No. 2 in the conference for opponent hitting percentage and blocks as well the top spot for digs.
This is the season finale for the Lady Techsters, who will not qualify for the C-USA tournament with its 7-20 overall and 2-11 conference record.