Rebels Top UMBC In Season Opener

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Senior outside hitter Kara Morgan had a team-high 13 kills to go along with her nine digs.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Senior outside hitter Kara Morgan had a team-high 13 kills to go along with her nine digs.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Aug 30, 2013

Box Score | Box Score Get Acrobat Reader

WASHINGTON - The Ole Miss volleyball team used its depth to its advantage Friday night in its season-opening 3-1 (17-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-14) win over UMBC at the Charles E. Smith Center in Washington, D.C. The Rebels' 3-1 victory was the opening match of the GW Invitational, hosted by George Washington University.

Ten Rebels recorded at least one kill against the Retrievers, led by a team-high 13 kills from senior outside hitter Kara Morgan. Freshman libero Kristen Brashear had 15 digs, while sophomore setter Skylar Johnson had 16 assists and freshman setter Aubrey Edie had 14 assists.

"It's a big win for us just to get a win coming out of the shoot, and to get some of those first game jitters out of the way," Ole Miss head coach Joe Getzin said. "The team did an excellent job of responding after being really nervous in that first game."

UMBC (0-1) took the first set 25-17 paced by a strong 9-1 run to take a 14-8 lead. The Rebels (1-0) fought back and cut their deficit to three at 16-13, but could not get closer for the remainder of the set.

Trailing 6-3 early in the second set, Ole Miss scored five straight points to take an 8-6 lead and prompt a timeout by UMBC. Later in the set, with Ole Miss leading 15-14, Morgan hammered down a kill to the opposite side that began a 5-1 run for the Rebels to give them a 20-15 lead. Ole Miss would go on to take the set 25-19. Morgan led the Rebels offensively in the second set with five kills on just seven swings.

"Kara played really well," Getzin said. "That steady presence that she has on the floor makes such a difference for us."

The third set was a back-and-forth affair that featured five lead changes and 13 ties. Following an 8-0 run by the Retrievers to take an 11-5 lead, the Rebels responded with a 6-0 run of its own to tie the set at 11-11. After a 4-1 run by UMBC to take a 19-16 lead, Ole Miss used its first timeout of the set. The Rebels came out of the timeout by going on a 4-1 run to tie the score at 20. Ole Miss then used its second timeout when they fell down by a 23-21 count. The Rebels never flinched in the set's closing moments, and scored the final four points to win 25-23 and take a 2-1 lead in the match.

The Rebels took control of the fourth set early, and won 25-14 to take the match 3-1. Ole Miss broke open an early 5-5 tie and outscored the Retrievers 20-9 over the remainder of the set. Morgan again had five kills in the fourth set, while sophomore middle blockers Nakeyta Clair and Ty Laporte combined for four kills on seven attacks. Edie passed out eight assists on the set as the Rebels hit at a .423 clip.

Ole Miss will play a doubleheader Saturday against Maryland at 11 a.m. CT and George Washington at 6 p.m. CT.

Saturday evening's match against George Washington has an added note of interest, as senior middle blocker Kellie Goss will be facing her twin sister, Rachael, who is an outside hitter for the Colonials.

For all Ole Miss volleyball news and information, including recaps of each of the Rebels' two matches Saturday at the GW Invitational, go to OleMissSports.com. Fans can also follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissVB and on Facebook at Ole Miss Volleyball.

Joe Getzin

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Blog
    • Ellis Duels Nola To A Draw In Series Opener

      Thursday, April 17, 2014 - Baseball

      For eight innings, Chris Ellis dueled Aaron Nola, the Southeastern Conference's leader in strikeouts (84) and earned run average (0.70) to a draw, as he left with the game with the score tied at 2-2. It was the eighth time... read more

    • I'm Back

      Thursday, April 17, 2014 - Women's Golf

      Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Ole Miss women's golf sports information... read more

    • Two More Second-Round Projections For Moncrief

      Thursday, April 17, 2014 - Football

      Two new mock drafts released this week has former wide receiver Ole Miss wide receiver Donte Moncrief being selected in the late second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, set for May 8-10. NFL media analyst Bucky Brooks projects Moncrief... read more

    • VIDEO: Four Months To SEC Network Launch

      Thursday, April 17, 2014 -

      read more

    • Chadwick's Top Moments: No. 12

      Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      With Billy Chadwick's last  regular season in the books, the Rebels seem to be peeking and hoping to make a final postseason run for the legendary head coach.  Corresponding with such, we are also getting down to our final stretch... read more

    • Chadwick: 'We Control Our Destiny'

      Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      One spot in the ITA national rankings can make all the difference.  Last season, San Diego, ranked No. 44 in the country, earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, while crosstown rival, San Diego State, ranked No. 45, was... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (April 7-13)

      Monday, April 14, 2014 - Baseball

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 7-13, 2014Baseball- Ole Miss improved to 29-9 on the season and 9-6 in Southeastern Conference play after a pair of nonconference wins over Memphis and Murray State in the midweek and a series win... read more

    • Offense Sets Season Highs To Clinch Series

      Sunday, April 13, 2014 - Baseball

      Coming off a disappointing 6-5 loss in 10 innings Saturday, Ole Miss bounced back with a dominant 12-2 win Sunday to take the weekend series against Mississippi State in Starkville. At the plate, the Rebels set season high for runs... read more

    • Pitching, Defense Key Rebels To Win

      Friday, April 11, 2014 - Baseball

      Ole Miss struck early with five runs over the first four innings, which Chris Ellis and Wyatt Short made hold up in a 6-1 win over Mississippi State Friday night at Dudy Noble Field. The leadoff man for Mississippi State... read more

    • Rebels Prepared For Possible Record Crowds

      Friday, April 11, 2014 - Baseball

      Riding a six-game win streak, Ole Miss travels to face Mississippi State in a three-game weekend series as part of Super Bulldog Weekend, which also includes Saturday's Maroon-White spring football game. Mississippi State has averaged 7,700 fans at Dudy Noble... read more

    • VIDEO: The Legend Of Billy Chadwick

      Thursday, April 10, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Men's Tennis

      Thursday, April 10, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      read more

    • VIDEO: Mike Bianco

      Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - Baseball

      Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco recaps Wednesday's 8-5 win over Murray State and previews the upcoming three-game series at Mississippi State starting Friday at 6:30 p.m.... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-Murray State Highlights

      Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - Baseball

      read more

    • Allen, Orvis Lead Barrage In Win Over Memphis

      Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - Baseball

      The Ole Miss offense exploded for nine runs on 14 hits in a 9-1 win over Memphis at AutoZone Park. The barrage included five multi-hit games and a season-high seven extra-base hits, including home runs by Will Allen and Sikes... read more