COLUMBIA, S.C. – A balanced effort by the Ole Miss volleyball team paced the Rebels to a 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-23) sweep of South Carolina (13-4, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) in Columbia, S.C., on Sunday afternoon.
“I’m really proud of the team with the way they came back after a loss Friday night,” Ole Miss head coach Joe Getzin said. “We had a good practice (Saturday). I’m proud that they stayed focused and executed a game plan. We did some really good things on the road. There was a good crowd here at South Carolina and it’s always good to get a road win.”
The Rebels (8-6, 2-3 SEC) had a balanced attack against the Gamecocks with four players recording seven or more kills, but no player with more than eight. Senior setter Amanda Philpot led the Ole Miss attack with a match-high 24 assists, seven kills and six digs. Junior outside hitter Kara Morgan led Ole Miss with eight kills, and senior libero Ashley Veach had a match-high 13 digs. It was the eighth straight match Veach has registered a dozen or more digs.
“Amanda did a good job of distributing the ball and getting the ball to the people who got us kills at the right time. We had some kids playing injured and I was really happy with the way the team came together to support them.”
Ole Miss jumped out to a 12-6 lead in the first set, prompting a timeout from South Carolina. The Gamecocks would later pull within two of Ole Miss at 14-12, but it was all Rebels for the remainder of the set as they won 25-19. Philpot led Ole Miss in the first set with four kills and six assists.
South Carolina came out strong in the second set and led the Rebels 7-4 early before Ole Miss went on a 7-1 run to take an 11-8 lead. Ole Miss kept its newly gained momentum for the remainder of the set and finished it out by taking it 25-18 to take a 2-0 lead in the match. Morgan had six kills for the Rebels in the second set, while Philpot had 10 assists and Veach had six digs.
Ole Miss opened the third set on fire, taking an 11-1 lead at the start. South Carolina wouldn’t back down though, and tied the match with the Rebels late at 23-23. A Gamecocks serving error gave Ole Miss a 24-23 lead, and a block assist by junior middle blocker Kellie Goss and senior outside hitter Whitney Craven closed out the match as the Rebels held on to win it 25-23.
Ole Miss returns home for its next match Friday vs. Kentucky at 7:00 p.m. CT. The Rebels will then face Arkansas on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. CT.
For all Ole Miss volleyball news and information, go to OleMissSports.com, follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissVB and go to Facebook at Ole Miss Volleyball.
WHAT HAPPENED VS. KENTUCKY: On four days' rest, junior right-hander Mike Mayers pitched a gem, giving up one run (unearned) on six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work, as No. 6 seed Ole Miss... read more
Ole Miss (36-20, 15-15 SEC) vs. UK SR LHP Jerad Grundy (6-5, 4.75 ERA)1. LF Tanner Mathis (0-for-7, 3 BB)2, SS Austin Anderson (2-for-6)3. C Stuart Turner (2-for-3, HR, 2 BB)4. 3B Andrew Mistone (5-for-9, 3 2B, 3B)5. CF Auston... read more
No. 6 Ole Miss (36-20, 15-15 SEC) vs. No. 11 Kentucky (30-24, 11-19 SEC) May 22 | 9:30 a.m. | Hoover, Ala. | Fox Sports Net/ESPN3 UM Jr. RHP Mike Mayers (4-5, 3.21 ERA) vs. UK Sr. LHP Jerad Grundy... read more
My name is Austin Miller, and I am the new writer and blogger for OleMissSports.com. I graduated with a bachelor's in journalism from Ole Miss less than two weeks ago, and I will be attending graduate school there in the... read more
It was exciting news this week as Rebel favorite Tom Luke returned to the Ole Miss football program as Assistant A.D. for Player Development. A second-generation Rebel and the brother of fellow Ole Miss standout and staffer Matt Luke, Tom... read more
A little more than a year into his first term as Ole Miss Athletics Director, Ross Bjork made his first trip to Starkville this week but did so for a good cause. Bjork and Bulldog AD Scott Stricklin joined forces... read more
Despite losing the All-American twin duo of Marcel and Chris Thiemann and playing in the toughest conference in America, Ole Miss finished the 2013 regular season with a ranking of No. 7 in the nation.The regular season was highlighted by... read more
Injuries have riddled the Ole Miss football team this spring, and after evaluating the situation this week, the coaching staff determined a full scale scrimmage would not be an option for this year's BancorpSouth Grove Bowl. As a result, the... read more
Former Ole Miss All-Americans and collegiate top-10 doubles duo Kristi Boxx and Abby Guthrie have reunited to compete in the $25,000 USTA St. Dominic Pro Circuit women's event in Jackson. The event, which began Sunday, will run through April 7... read more
Panama Trip Photo GalleryTwo weeks ago, I wrote about a group of six Ole Miss football players who went on a mission trip to Panama over spring break. They have since returned to Oxford and been knee-deep in schoolwork and... read more
Ole Miss' run to the SEC Tournament title and the Big Dance received national coverage for the team and university during the March Madness. Below is just a sampling of mountain of press the Rebels have gotten including a tweet from King... read more
Michaela Quinn, a member of the 2013 Ole Miss track & field signing class, turned in a great performance at the World Junior Cross Country Championships over the weekend.Competing as a member of Team Australia, Quinn placed 25th in the... read more
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Colton Walls, a sophomore linebacker who started his career at Clemson, is among the non-scholarship players to join the Ole Miss football team this spring. Rebel fans will be quite... read more
A long list of ex-Rebels are planning to work out for the NFL scouts at Ole Miss Pro Day on Thursday. Of the 21 former players putting their talents on display, 16 concluded their Rebel careers in the fall, while... read more