Sarah Bell claims AVCA All-Southwest Region Honorable Mention accolade
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Southern Miss junior setter Sarah Bell added to her expansive award collection on Tuesday with the AVCA's announcement that she was named to its Honorable Mention team for the Southwest Region.
Bell was also a 2016 All-Region honoree. Her and Stephany Purdue (honorable mention) were the program's first to receive such honors since 2011. This season, Bell was also named to Conference USA's First-Team as well as the All-Academic squad.
The San Antonio, Texas, native has 3,923 assists in her career and is within four of taking over the No. 3 spot on the all-time school ranking. Crystal Zane holds the record of 4,756 from 1999-02.
Away from the court, she boasts a 4.0 GPA in biological sciences.
Bell's 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 (Hannah Tedrow from Loyola Marymount had 77 on Oct. 17, 2015). 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.
Twice this season, in sweeps of Charlotte and FIU, she posted 46 assists which marked a career-best for a three-set match. She also had 45 in an Aug. 30 sweep over UL Lafayette. For her career, she has crossed the 50-assist plateau in 23 matches.
Bell was also the epitome of efficiency this season, hitting .377. She had previously hit .310 as a sophomore and .254 as a freshman.