Pair of Golden Eagles Collect C-USA Volleyball Weekly Awards
IRVING, Texas -- Southern Miss Volleyball's dominant ending to the regular season got even sweeter with the announcement that Sarah Bell and Natalie Druhan were named C-USA Setter and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively.
Bell stormed ahead for the league's (C-USA match only) title for assists with 12.02 per set after having a whopping 88 in Southern Miss' two road wins. The sophomore from San Antonio launched herself into the No. 7 spot on the school's all-time assist list as well. Overall, Bell has had a 1.47 assist/set improvement from her remarkable freshman year and has also accounted for two of the four years of Stephany Purdue's school kill record breaking career.
Bell also has the highest hitting percentage of any Southern Miss starter (.319), helped by a four-kill night in Ruston. She is No. 10 nationally in assists per set.
Druhan had the best two-match stretch of her career in terms of digs, totaling 45, as she earned a league award for the first time. The regular season-ending win over FIU saw her tie a career-high of 45. She ends the season ranked fifth in C-USA with 4.29 digs per set. Both the Panthers and LA Tech hit just .121 over the week, helping Southern Miss to its sixth consecutive win and a No. 2 seed in the C-USA Tournament. Druhan is a junior from Mobile, Ala.
It is the first time that two Golden Eagles have taken home C-USA honors the same week since Bell and Mary Pursell did so on Nov. 9, 2015. This season, Catherine Repsher has won Freshman of the Week four times, while Bell has gotten Setter of the Week twice and Purdue has been the Offensive honoree once.
No. 2 seeded Southern Miss (22-7, 11-3 C-USA) plays North Texas on Friday at 7 p.m. in the first round of the C-USA Tournament in Houston.