OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss volleyball team jumped out to early leads in each set against Marquette, but could not close them out as it fell 3-0 (21-25, 21-25, 25-27) to open play in the Xavier Invitational in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Junior outside hitter Kara Morgan led the Rebels (1-3) offensively with 15 kills, three shy of her career high set against Tennessee last season. Senior setter Amanda Philpot passed out 31 assists to go along with her seven kills.
Ole Miss will close out Friday’s doubleheader with a match against the host-school, Xavier, at 6 p.m. CT at the Cintas Center.
“We’re going to have to find an identity of who we really are, and our seniors are going to have to step up,” Ole Miss head coach Joe Getzin said. “We do some good things, but we just have to do them on a more consistent basis. We look forward to playing the host-team Xavier this evening.”
Marquette won the match’s opening set 25-21. Ole Miss began the match with five straight points off the serve of freshman defensive specialist Evan St. Laurent. The Golden Eagles stormed back by scoring six of the next seven points and going on another 6-1 run midway through the set to take a 20-16 lead they would not relinquish. Morgan had five kills in the set, while Philpot passed out eight assists.
The Golden Eagles took the second set by the same count, scoring six of the match’s final seven points.
The score was close throughout much of the third set, with eight ties and three lead changes. The Rebels had their first set-point opportunity, leading 24-22, but couldn’t close out the Golden Eagles and lost 27-25.
Following Friday evening’s match against the Musketeers, the Rebels will close out play in the Xavier Invitational on Saturday when they face Tennessee Tech at 1 p.m. CT.
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