FORT WORTH, Texas – For the third consecutive match the Ole Miss volleyball team (7-2) used high intensity and an efficient attack to earn another impressive victory. The Rebels used a balanced attack to dismantle Houston 3-0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-13) at the TCU Nike/Molten Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday afternoon, and moved to 3-0 on the weekend.
“We executed the game plan,” Ole Miss head coach Joe Getzin said. “We did really well with serving and passing, and when we do that our offensive system is clicking.”
Sophomore middle blocker Ty Laporte had a strong offensive a defensive effort for Ole Miss. The Irmo, S.C., native finished with a team-high tying eight kills and eight block assists, which is the fifth highest single-match total in program history during the rally scoring era.
Coming off her best match of the season, senior outside hitter Kara Morgan had a team-high tying eight kills.
The Rebels, as a team, hit .384, and scored on 34 of 40 (85 percent) sideout opportunities, and never trailed in the match.
The Rebels cruised to a 25-13 victory in the match’s opening set. The Rebels hit at an impressive .407 clip while holding the Cougars (7-3) to a -.129 hitting percentage. Sophomore middle blocker Nakeyta Clair and Morgan each had four kills on seven attempts in the set.
Ole Miss took a 9-2 lead to open the second set, prompting the Cougars to call timeout. The break didn’t cool off the red-hot Ole Miss attack though, as Ole Miss scored the next three points to take a 12-2 lead, and led by at least nine points for the remainder of the set. The Rebels scored on 11 of 12 sideout opportunities in the set.
The third set proved to be much of the same for the Rebels, as Ole Miss again got a convincing 25-13 victory. A 3-0 run gave Ole Miss a 14-9 lead and caused Houston to use its first timeout. Ole Miss continued its strong play after the break and closed out the set and the match on an 11-4 run.
Ole Miss will close out play at the TCU Nike/Molten Invitational on Saturday evening when it faces tournament-host TCU at 7:30 CT.
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