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Volleyball Eagles Conclude Regular Season on the Road

Nov. 13, 2014

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss volleyball team will close out the regular season with a pair of Conference USA road matchups on Friday at UAB and on Sunday at Charlotte.

Southern Miss enters the weekend with a 20-11 record overall and 9-5 in league play. This marks the first time since 2009 that the volleyball team has posted 20 wins in a season.

Stephany Purdue and Quinci Hayward continue to pace the team in kills with 3.25 and 3.17 kills per set averages. Jasmine Crowell is close behind with 2.92 kills per set. Crowell also leads the team with a hitting clip of .345 and in blocks with 102. Mary Pursell tops the team in digs with 4.45 digs per set while Kristen Fleming guides the offense with a 9.50 per set average.

The Last Meeting
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October 24, 2014
Hattiesburg, Miss.
Volleyball Eagles Down UAB in Four Sets
Senior Jasmine Crowell led a quartet of Golden Eagles in kills with 17 as the Southern Miss downed UAB in four sets (25-14, 26-28, 25-21, 25-19) Friday night in Conference USA action.

As a team, Southern Miss is averaging 14.00 kills on a .201 hitting clip, 1.12 aces, 15.17 digs and 2.00 team blocks.

UAB enters the weekend with a 7-23 record and 3-11 in league play. Gabby Deshotel leads the Blazer attack with 289 kills (2.78 kps) with Sara Rishell next at 242 (2.28) and Sydney Nelson adds 216 (2.25 kps). Defensively, Libero Alexis Howell is averaging 3.01 digs per set. Setter Amber Treace has recorded 784 assists for an 8.28 per set average. As a team, UAB is averaging 11.65 kills on .194 hitting, 11.85 digs and 2.18 team blocks.

UAB is 23-21 all-time against the Golden Eagles. UAB won the first match with Southern Miss on Oct., 25, 1982, 2-1. USM won its first match against UAB on Oct. 14, 1985, 3-2. The Golden Eagles won the meeting earlier this season in Hattiesburg, 3-1.

Charlotte owns a 15-16 overall record and 4-10 in league play after posting a pair wins last weekend. Five 49ers are averaging over 2.00 kills per set led by Irem Asci at 2.91 followed by Claire Kreuz at 2.88, Abreia Epps is next at 2.29 with Savannah Gaster at 2.18 and Semen Sen at 2.02. Shelby Green is tops on the team in digs at 4.06 digs per set. Leigh Britney Held guides the offense with 9.72 assists per set. As a team, Charlotte is averaging 12.81 kills on .205 hitting, 1.33 aces, 15.55 digs and 1.91 team blocks.

Southern Miss leads the series against Charlotte 9-8. The series began in 1991 with the Golden Eagles winning the first meeting 3-1. Southern Miss won the meeting last season in Charlotte.

Southern Miss returns home to host the 2014 Conference USA Volleyball Championship, Nov. 21-23, in Reed Green Coliseum. First serve for the tournament is schedule for 12 p.m.

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