OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss Rebels volleyball team won its sixth straight Magnolia Invitational Championship, and seventh overall, with a 3-1 (25-18, 21-25, 25-23, 25-15) victory over North Dakota (4-6) on Saturday afternoon at the Gillom Sports Center.
“It’s not a perfect game by any stretch,” Ole Miss head coach Joe Getzin said. “We grew up as a team a little bit. It’s great to be at home. Hopefully this has helped us take a step forward and get ready for (Southeastern Conference) play.”
The Rebels were led Saturday, as they were all tournament, by the play of senior setter Amanda Philpot. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native, who was named tournament MVP following the match, had a season-high 47 assists to go with her 13 digs and six kills.
Joining Philpot on the All-Tournament team for Ole Miss was senior right side hitter Allegra Wells and junior outside hitter Kara Morgan.
“Our kids feel comfortable playing on this court,” said Getzin about the Gillom Center. “The crowd is always helpful and I thought we executed very well.”
Morgan led Ole Miss offensively with a team-high 15 kills to go with her 10 digs. It was the fourth double-double of the season for Morgan.
Wells had 14 kills for the Rebels on a .560 attacking clip. Freshman middle blocker Ty Laporte had a season-high 10 kills against UND.
The Rebels opened play at the Magnolia Invitational with a 3-0 victory over Alabama A&M. In its second match, Ole Miss defeated Rice by a count of 3-0 in a very exciting and intense matchup.
The Rebels will play again Friday at 6:30 p.m. CT when they open up conference play at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. Ole Miss will then head to Columbia, Mo., to face the Missouri Tigers on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. CT.
For all Ole Miss volleyball news and information, go to OleMissSports.com. Fans can follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissVB and go to Facebook at Ole Miss Volleyball.
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