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Fleming and Pursell Named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team

Kristen Fleming
Nov. 17, 2014

IRVING, Texas - The 2014 Conference USA Volleyball All-Academic Team features five repeat selections and five CoSIDA Academic All-District honorees, as selected by the league's Sports Information Directors.

Southern Miss was one of three teams with a pair of honorees as senior Kristen Fleming and junior Mary Pursell earned their second consecutive all-academic team accolades.

Fleming, a Columbus, Ga., native maintains a 3.82 GPA in speech pathology and audiology. She is one of five players to record over 3,000 career assists in Southern Miss history. On the season, Fleming is averaging 9.63 assists per set, but that mark improves to 11.23 against C-USA teams. She has recorded 11 aces and 254 digs. Fleming was named Setter of the Week once this season.

Mary Pursell
Pursell, a Kenner, La., native carries a 3.81 GPA in accounting and ranks third in the league in digs per set (4.51). Against C-USA teams, Pursell leads the league 4.95 digs per set. She has 14 aces on the year. She recorded double-digit digs in 27 matches, including all 16 C-USA matches. She also recorded a season-high 33 digs against Southeastern Louisiana. Pursell earned C-USA Defensive Player of the Week once this season.

The 2014 C-USA All-Academic team is comprised of five seniors, two juniors and four sophomores, as selected by the league's sports information directors. The all-academic team consists of student-athletes who have earned a 3.2 cumulative grade point average or better and are a starter or key reserve on their team.

2014 Conference USA All-Academic Team

Sammie Bane | Sr. | Marshall | 3.95 | Exercise Science and Psychology Double Major
Ally Kiekover | So. | Marshall | 3.79 | Cell Molecular Biology Major/Chemistry Minor (Pre-Med)
Amy Henard | So. | North Texas | 3.82 | Biology/Chemistry
Leah Mikesky | So. | Rice | 4.13 | Kinesiology
Kristen Fleming | Sr. | Southern Miss | 3.82 | Speech Pathology and Audiology
Mary Pursell | Jr. | Southern Miss | 3.81 | Accounting
Bethanie Thomas | Sr. | UAB | 3.95 | Civil Engineering
Lindsey Larson | So. | UTEP | 3.87 | Civil Engineering
Dempsey Thornton | Sr. | UTSA | 4.0 | Sport, Event and Tourism Management
Heather Boyan | Sr. | WKU | 3.8 | Biology
Rachel Engle | Jr. | WKU | 4.0 | Pre-Physical Therapy/Exercise Science

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