Oct. 4, 2013
By Austin Miller, OleMissSports.com
OXFORD, Miss. — It will be a family affair for the Capocaccia sisters, as No. 25 Ole Miss travels to Tennessee on Friday night. Ole Miss freshman defender Melissa Capocaccia will be playing against her older sisters, Suzanne and Caroline, who both play for the Lady Vols.
"We're excited to see each other," Melissa said. "That's all we have really talked about this week. The game will be intense between all three of us. We have played hard against each other our whole lives. When I was a junior in high school and my middle sister (Suzanne) was a senior, we played against each other on different club teams."
"It’s going to be a neat game for us," Ole Miss head coach Matt Mott said. "Her two sisters play at Tennessee. One of them (Caroline) starts, and the other one (Suzanne) plays a lot. Melissa is starting for us. I wonder what it will be like for her parents. Melissa is definitely excited. She’s excited to play against them and compete. Luckily for her and for them, she plays outside back for us and they play outside back for them. Hopefully they aren’t going into too many tackles. I know it’s something she’s been looking forward to.”
Their parents, Robert and Sarah, attend every Ole Miss and Tennessee home match. For Friday night’s game, Melissa said, they will be split wearing both Ole Miss and Tennessee stuff.
"They're looking forward to seeing us play and everyone being in the same place since we're apart every weekend," Melissa said.
The sisters last played together during the 2009-10 school year — Melissa's freshman season at St. Agnes Academy in Memphis, Tenn. — when Suzanne was a sophomore and Caroline was a senior.
"It's a special time for all of us to play together," Melissa said. "We'll remember this game forever. And hopefully, we will all have a good time. I probably won't get too emotional until after the game because I will be so focused on the game. I'm just ready to get out there.”
Austin Miller is a writer and blogger for OleMissSports.com. He joined the staff in June 2013 after serving as sports editor of the Daily Mississippian. Follow him on Twitter @austinkmiller