OXFORD, Miss. – Senior setter Amanda Philpot put together a triple-double Friday night in front of an electric crowd at the Gillom Sports Center, leading the Rebels (5-3) to a 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-17) victory over Rice (4-6) in the Magnolia Invitational.
Philpot recorded her first triple-double of the season Friday night with 36 assists, 14 digs and a season-high 11 kills, including six in the final set.
In a match that was much closer than the final score indicated, Ole Miss head coach Joe Getzin was very pleased with the team sticking to the game plan and executing down the stretch.
“I’m very proud of them,” Ole Miss head coach Joe Getzin said. “We did a great job of executing a game plan. Our big thing was to limit No. 3 (on Rice) and she only got nine kills, and she’s been averaging a lot more than that.”
Philpot stole the show for Ole Miss, finding her way into seemingly every play for the Rebels and providing a steady hand both defensively and offensively. Following the match, Getzin praised Philpot for her play and senior libero Ashley Veach.
“Ashley Veach made some huge digs down the stretch,” Getzin said. “Anytime that happens it changes the team’s offensive attacking. Amanda Philpot with her first triple-double of the year – that doesn’t happen a whole lot – that’s quite impressive.”
Freshman middle blocker Ty Laporte, a three-time state high jump champion in high school, electrified the crowd on numerous occasions with 11 kills on 16 attempts.
After a tight 25-22 win in the first set, Ole Miss faced a bit of adversity in the second set of the match, trailing Rice by a score of 23-21. Back-to-back kills by junior outside hitter Kiley Sherman and Philpot, respectively, evened the score at 23 and prompted a timeout by visiting Rice. Following a ball handling error by the Owls, senior outside hitter Kara Morgan finished the set with a kill to give the Rebels the 25-23 win in the set and a 2-0 lead in the match.
Ole Miss hit at a .433 clip in the third set and used a 6-1 run midway through the set to get the victory. The win gave Ole Miss a 2-0 record on the day and pushed the Rebels’ overall record to 5-3.
Ole Miss was led in its opening match of the day against Alabama A&M by Philpot, who recorded 29 assists, eight kills and seven digs. Senior right side hitter Allegra Wells had a match-high 11 kills against the Bulldogs, and Veach had a match-high 14 digs.
The Rebels hit at a .524 clip in the third and final set, recording 14 kills on 21 attempts and committing just three errors.
Ole Miss will close out play in the Magnolia Invitational on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. CT against North Dakota. UND (4-5) enters the match with a 1-1 record in the tournament with a win 3-0 win over Alabama A&M following a 3-1 loss to Rice to open the tournament.
Fans will have an opportunity to predict the score of the second set before the match. The fan that guesses the score of the second set closest wins a flat-screen TV.
For all Ole Miss volleyball news and information, including daily recaps, live stats, results and the Magnolia Invitational Tournament Central page, go to OleMissSports.com. Fans can follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissVB and go to Facebook at Ole Miss Volleyball.
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewJan. 20-26, 2015Men's Basketball - Senior guard Jarvis Summers scored 4 points in the final 26.6 seconds to lift Ole Miss to a 72-71 victory over Florida Saturday. Summers scored a team-high 16 points, including... read more
Classes started on the Ole Miss campus this past week, as the men's and women's basketball teams enter the heart of Southeastern Conference play. Some of the spring sports have started their 2015 seasons, while others are gearing up for... read more
Former Ole Miss safety Cody Prewitt capped an impressive week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, with a game-high five tackles in the game itself Saturday. His former teammate, cornerback Senquez Golson sat out the game with a hamstring... read more
Ole Miss closes out a three-game stretch in which they will have faced three consecutive ranked opponents when they welcome No. 18 Mississippi State on Thursday night. The Rebels are 1-1 through the first two games of the stretch, having... read more
Photo GalleryCody Prewitt and Senquez Golson will represent Ole Miss in the Senior Bowl, which will take place Saturday at 3 p.m. CT from Mobile, Alabama, and will be televised by the NFL Network. The duo have already had a busy... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewJan. 13-19, 2015Men's Basketball - Ole Miss thrashed No. 19 Arkansas 96-82 on Saturday. The Rebels picked up their first true road win over a ranked opponent since 2003 and scored the second-most points ever... read more
The Ole Miss men's and women's basketball teams both made some history, while the men's and women's tennis teams started their spring seasons. National Signing Day (Feb. 4) and the start of baseball season (Feb. 13) are less than a... read more
After an up-and-down non-conference slate that included wins over Creighton, Cincinnati and Oregon, all away from home, and losses to Charleston Southern and Western Kentucky, both at home, Ole Miss learned a lot about itself in the first week of... read more
Ole Miss football finished the 2014 football season with a 9-4 record and a top-20 final national rankings in both polls. The Rebels come in at No. 17 in the Associated Press poll and No. 19 in the Amway Coach... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewJan. 6-12, 2015Women's Basketball - Ole Miss went 2-0 on the week with a road win at Florida and a win at home against Alabama, moving to 13-4 overall and 3-1 in SEC action while... read more
The Ole Miss men's basketball team opened SEC play, while the Ole Miss women's basketball team continued SEC play, as we enter the heart of college basketball season. Over the weekend, the men's and women's teams posted wire-to-wire wins on... read more
Ole Miss looks to reverse history, as the Rebels (9-4) travel to No. 1 Kentucky tonight (6 p.m., SEC Network), the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. Ole Miss is 0-15 all-time against the nation's top ranked team, last playing... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewDec. 29, 2014-Jan. 5, 2015Football- The No. 9 Ole Miss football team finished the 2014 football season with a 9-4 record, its best since 2009, after a 42-3 defeat to No. 6 TCU in the... read more