OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss Rebels volleyball team fell at home Friday night to Kentucky 3-0 (17-25, 18-25, 19-25) in a match in which the Wildcats hit at an impressive .548 clip. The loss was Ole Miss’ (8-7, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) first at the Gillom Sports Center this season.
“That’s a very talented Kentucky team that played pretty flawless tonight,” Ole Miss head coach Joe Getzin said. “They hit .548, and any time a team does that they’re hard to stop.
“On our side of the net, we did some good things. I don’t think we served very well and the number of errors that we had, combined with giving them too many easy balls creates for them hitting so well, and (getting) too many easy points.”
The Rebels were led offensively by a team-high 10 kills from junior outside hitter Kara Morgan, while senior right side hitter Allegra Wells had nine kills. Senior setter Amanda Philpot had a team-high 27 assists, while senior libero Ashley Veach had eight digs.
Ole Miss got nine assists from Philpot in the opening set, and five kills from Wells. Kentucky had a strong attacking percentage of .650 that pushed it ahead of the Rebels early and allowed it to hold on to a 14-11 lead and push it to a 25-17 victory.
After falling 25-18 in the second set, the Rebels hit at a .314 clip in the match’s final set. Unfortunately for the Rebels, a blazing .667 hitting clip by Kentucky (10-6, 4-2 SEC) was too much to overcome. The Wildcats ended up closing out the set and the match 25-19.
The Rebels will take the court again Sunday against Georgia at 1:30 p.m. CT at the Gillom Center. The Rebels are 10-9 against the Razorbacks under Getzin, and are 10-2 against Arkansas since 2006. Each team won on its own home floor last season, as Ole Miss won 3-2 in Oxford before falling to the Razorbacks 3-0 in Fayetteville, Ark.
The Rebels have experienced success against Arkansas at home, defeating the Razorbacks in Oxford in each of the past six seasons. Arkansas is receiving votes in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association National Poll, and is No. 16 in the latest NCAA RPI.
For all Ole Miss volleyball news and information, including recaps, live stats and results, go to OleMissSports.com. Follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissVB and go to Facebook at Ole Miss Volleyball.
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