Volleyball Lands Three on All-Conference USA Teams
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss Volleyball standouts Sarah Bell (first-team), Kylie Grandy (second-team) and Chandler Marshall (freshman team) received Conference USA postseason recognition, as announced by the league on Wednesday.
Head coach Amanda Berkley has now overseen 12 first or second-team selections in her five years at the helm.
Bell, a San Antonio native, was named to the C-USA All-Academic team on Tuesday. She was also an all-freshman and first-team honoree in 2015 and 2016, respectively. She has 3,844 assists in her career and is within 84 of taking over the No. 3 spot in the school record book. This year, she has hit a career-best .368, marking back-to-back years she has improved the mark by 54 and 56 points.
Her best-career outing came on Sept. 22 in the league opener against eventual champion North Texas. Bell posted 75 assists, the most of anyone in Division I for the season. She had the most assists by any Golden Eagle since at least 2000 (record of 86 was set in 1998), and there have been only seven other instances this century where someone from Southern Miss cracked 70 in a match.
Grandy was also an All-Freshman Team selection in 2015. She is one of three in C-USA this year to rank in the top-10 for kills (third, 3.98/set) and aces (0.43/set) against league foes, and last weekend tallied 27 kills with hitting percentages of .350 and .438.
The Rolesville, N.C., product has double-digit kills in all but three matches this season, and played just six of those nine sets. She is No. 4 in the career record books with 145 aces. Since her freshman season, Southern Miss is 19-0 when she hits .300 or better, and that includes her 14-kill, .520 hitting clip in a sweep of Alabama on Sept. 2.
Marshall, who hails from Houston, made quite the first impression with the Golden Eagles, posting 11 kills for a .562 hitting percentage in the season-opening win over Nicholls. The next match, she had nine for a .318 mark against Miami. Marshall also had a combined 43 kills in two matches against regular-season conference champion North Texas, a 12-kill, no-error contest versus UTEP and 15 for a .542 mark against Alabama.
Marshall joins Grandy, Bell and Catherine Repsher (also the league's Freshman of the Year) as All-Freshman honorees the past three seasons.
Southern Miss battles Rice on Friday at 2 p.m. for the first round of the C-USA Championships in Bowling Green, Ky. The action will air on CUSA.tv, and more coverage on the tournament can be found through the league's tournament central page.