Sept. 17, 2001
OXFORD, Miss. -
In their first action since Tuesday's devastating terrorist attacks on America, the Ole Miss volleyball team looked to have their third win of the season, taking the first two games against the University of Memphis, but the Lady Tigers came back to win the final three games for a 3-2 win Monday night at the Elma Roane Field House. With the loss, the Lady Rebels dropped to 2-6 on the season, while Memphis improved to 8-0.
Ole Miss won the first two games, 30-24 and 30-27. Memphis extended the match with a 31-29 win of game three and then evened it with a decisive 30-17 victory in game four. Ole Miss fell behind 10-4 in the deciding game, but rallied to tie 10-10. They took the lead 11-10, but Memphis won five of the next six points to win the game and clinch the match 3-2.
Senior Jaime Burns led the Lady Rebels with 25 kills and 16 digs for her fifth double-double. Freshman Elena Garcia finished with a double-double of 10 kills and 14 digs. Jade Polonich registered 48 assists.
The Lady Tiger's Adrianne Edmonds led Memphis with 29 kills and 13 digs. Setter Amie Hamilton had 68 assists on the night.
On the first play of game one, senior outside hitter Jaime Burns recorded her 1,000th career kill. She came into the match with 999. The Lady Rebels jumped out to a 10-5 lead and led by as much as 10 (26-16). Ole Miss then went ahead 28-19, but the Lady Tigers cut it to 29-24. Abby Hollander clinched the game for the Lady Rebels on the next point.
Game two saw Memphis take their first lead in the match, 8-7. They led 11-9, but Ole Miss took four of the next five points for a 13-12 lead. The Lady Rebels never relinquished the lead. Memphis did tie the game at 27-27, but Ole Miss won the final three points.
Memphis extended the match by winning game three. The game seesawed back and forth after the Lady Tigers erased a 19-16 deficit. The Lady Rebels led 29-28, but Memphis won the next point to tie the game. They won the next two points to survive a sweep.
The Lady Tigers used a 6-1 at the start of game four and led 12-7 at one point. They went on a 11-1 run to break open the game and even the match at two games apiece.
The Lady Rebels open conference play Friday with a 7 p.m. match against Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Following that match, Ole Miss will head to Auburn for a 2 p.m. match on Sunday.
Ole Miss (2-6) 30 30 29 17 12
MEMPHIS (8-0) 24 27 31 30 15