WASHINGTON - Ole Miss (1-1) got off to a great start Saturday afternoon against Maryland (2-0) at the GW Invitational in Washington, D.C., but could not close out the Terrapins late and lost a heartbreaker 3-2 (25-13, 25-23, 19-25, 22-25, 11-15) at the Charles E. Smith Center.
"We learned a little bit about ourselves and did some good things along the way," Ole Miss head coach Joe Getzin said. "In the fourth set we didn't hold on to the lead, and in the fifth set we had the lead at 9-7 but didn't execute down the stretch. That is something we definitely have to address."
Senior outside hitter Kara Morgan paced the Rebels with a double-double, recording a team-high tying 12 kills and a team-high 17 digs. Junior Marie-Pierre Bakima also had a double-double for Ole Miss with 12 kills and 11 digs. Freshman setter Aubrey Edie passed out 37 assists, and sophomore middle blocker Ty Laporte had 11 kills and a pair of solo blocks.
The Rebels came out flying in the first set, jumping on the Terrapins early and never letting up throughout. Ole Miss stretched its lead to as many as 13 points and won the set by a 25-13 count. Ole Miss led throughout the entirety of the set.
Ole Miss showed its fight in the second set, staving off a nine-point deficit at 17-8 to score 17 of the next 23 points to win the set 25-23. Maryland opened the set by scoring eight of the first 10 points, forcing the Rebels to use their first timeout of the set. Trailing by nine at 17-8, Ole Miss scored six of the next seven points after using its final timeout, and cut the deficit to four at 18-14. Ole Miss finally tied the set at 21 points apiece with a solo block from Nakeyta Clair, and then took the lead on the next point thanks to an attacking error by the Terrapins. Leading 24-23, Ole Miss closed out the set with a kill from Clair.
Maryland took an early lead in the third set and never trailed throughout the entirety of the set. Ole Miss cut its deficit to one point at 16-15, but could not tie the match and Maryland won 25-19.
As opposed to the previous two sets, Ole Miss took an early lead in the fourth set. The Rebels stretched their lead to seven points at 13-6, forcing the Terrapins to use their final timeout of the set. Trailing 21-16, Maryland went on a 6-0 run to take a 22-21 lead, its first of the set, and force Ole Miss to use its second timeout. Maryland continued its run after the break, and won the set 25-22 to force a fifth and deciding set.
After a back-and-forth start to the set that saw the two teams share seven ties and exchange four lead changes, the Rebels went on a 3-0 run to take a 9-7 lead and cause Maryland to call timeout. Maryland came out of the timeout on a 5-0 run to take a 12-9 lead, and went on to take the final set by a score of 15-11.
Ole Miss will close out its Saturday doubleheader against George Washington at 6 p.m. CT. The match will have 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.
Sam Smith posted his eighth straight quality start, but it was not enough, as LSU shut out Ole Miss 2-0 Saturday afternoon to take the three-game series. It was the first time that the Rebels had been shutout since a... read more
LSU looked to have gotten out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth, but right fielder Mark Laird dropped a fly ball in foul territory that would have been the final out and send the game to the fifth down... read more
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
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
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
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 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
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
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