Volleyball Eagles Land Four on Conference USA Teams

Nov. 17, 2015

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Conference USA announced its 2015 Volleyball All-Conference Teams. The first team (11 members), second team (14 members) and seven-member all-freshman squad today for volleyball as voted on by the leagues 13 head coaches.

The Southern Miss volleyball team placed two on the all-conference teams and a pair on the all-freshman team. Mary Pursell was named first team all-conference for the second straight year while Stephany Purdue was named to the second team. Sarah Bell and Kylie Grandy were named to the all-freshman team. This is the most selections since 2009.

Pursell has played in 127 sets this season and led the team in digs (615), setting a new single-season record for most digs in a season. She ranked fourth on the team in aces (16). She tallied a season-high 33 digs against Tulsa (9/5). In C-USA matches, she led the team in digs (325) and ranked second in C-USA with 325. She is second in program history with a career 1,833 digs. She recorded double digit digs in all 15 matches including a 31 performance against FIU (10/16). She has a reception percentage of .970 overall and .953 in league matches. She was named to a pair of all-tournament teams. She also recorded double digits in all but four matches this season and had 18 matches with 20 or more digs including four with 30 or more digs. She was named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week three times this season.

Purdue leads the team in kills (487) and fourth on the team in digs (288). She joined the 1,000-kill club this season with her first kill against UAB (10/4). She earned back-to-back tournament MVPs with the Southern Invitational and the Hampton Inn Bama Bash Tournament. In C-USA matches, she led the team in kills (214) while ranking seventh in C-USA in kills (3.57). She also ranked seventh in total points. Purdue recorded a season-best 23 kills against Charlotte on Oct. 1 and had a season-best .423 hitting efficiency against Middle Tennessee. She has recorded double figure kills in 14 of 15 C-USA matches and tallied six double-doubles. She was named C-USA Player of the Week twice in 2015.

Bell, who started all but one match, has registered 1,240 assists this season for a 9.92 per set average. She has 147 kills and is third on the team in digs (299) and third on the team in aces. In C-USA matches, she tallied a total of 627 assists and ranked third in C-USA with a 10.45 per set average. Bell recorded a season-high 57 assists against Charlotte on Oct. 1. She tallied seven double-doubles in C-USA matches and collected a season-best eight kills against Charlotte on Oct. 1. She was the top freshman setter and was named C-USA Freshman of the Week twice in 2015.

Grandy has been a solid fixture in the starting lineup for the Golden Eagles. She is second on the team in kills (307) and second on the team in digs (332). She leads the team in aces (50). In C-USA matches, she second on the team in kills (152) and ranks first in C-USA in service aces with 26 (0.43). She has tallied a season-best 19 kills in conference matches. She recorded five service aces against UAB on Oct. 4. She collected a six double-doubles in league and 12 on the season. She ranks atop of all freshmen in kills, aces and points and ranks second in digs.

2015 CONFERENCE USA VOLLEYBALL POSTSEASON AWARDS
FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
Maja Ristic, Florida Atlantic
Ally Kiekover, Marshall
Chelsea Ross, Middle Tennessee
Carnae Dillard, North Texas
Madison McDaniel, Rice
Leah Mikeksy, Rice
Mary Pursell, Southern Miss
Dajana Boskovic, UTSA
Alyssa Cavanaugh, WKU
Noelle Langenkamp, WKU
Jessica Lucas, WKU

SECOND TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
Abreia Epps, Charlotte
Brittney Brown, Florida Atlantic
Lucia Castro, FIU
Jennifer Ene, FIU
Holly Milam, North Texas
Portia Okafor, Rice
Chelsey Harris, Rice
Stephany Purdue, Southern Miss
Gabby Deshotel, UAB
Amanda Gonzales, UTSA
Marijeta Runjic, UTSA
Kylie Schott, UTSA
Haley Bodway, WKU
Sydney Engle, WKU

ALL-FRESHMAN
Gabriela Martin, Florida Atlantic
McKay Kyle, Rice
Sarah Bell, Southern Miss
Kylie Grandy, Southern Miss
Kylie Baumgartner, UTEP
Amanda Gonzales, UTSA
Rachel Anderson, WKU

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