BATON ROUGE, La. – Ole Miss faced a tough LSU attack Friday evening at the Maravich Center in Baton Rouge, La., and lost 3-1 (19-25, 9-25, 25-23, 25-27) to the Tigers.
After dropping the opening two sets of the match, Ole Miss (10-8, 0-5 Southeastern Conference) rebounded out of the halftime break to win the third set and push the Tigers (12-3, 2-1 SEC) to extra points in the fourth set, but it wasn’t enough for the win.
“We got ourselves down in a hole 0-2, and we responded, but we responded too late,” Ole Miss head coach Joe Getzin said. “We’re not seasoned enough to go down 0-2 on teams and expect magically for them to roll over for us, especially a good team like LSU.”
Ole Miss was led in the match by a trio of sophomores. Middle blocker Ty Laporte had a team-high 13 kills, setter Skylar Johnson passed out a team-high 19 assists, and middle blocker Nakeyta Clair had a team-high tying six total blocks.
Junior libero Cara Fisher had a team-high 13 digs for Ole Miss, while freshman right side hitter Melanie Crow had a career-high tying six block assists and nine kills. Freshman Margaret Eggert notched eight kills against the Tigers, her highest kill total of the season in conference action.
Despite being only in her second season, Clair’s one solo block Friday evening moved her into solo possession of sixth place on the Ole Miss career block solos list, and her six total blocks advanced her up to No. 9 on the career list in program history (161).
Laporte highlighted the opening set for Ole Miss. The Irmo, S.C., native recorded five kills on seven attempts, but the Rebels dropped the set by a score of 25-19. Trailing 18-14, Ole Miss went on a 5-2 run to cut its deficit to one point at 20-19, but the Tigers closed out the set on a 5-0 run to take a 1-0 lead in the match.
LSU raced out to an early lead to start the second set and Ole Miss couldn’t get back in it, falling 25-9.
With the third set tied at seven points apiece, the Rebels went on an impressive 10-2 run highlighted by two kills from Clair, and a service ace from Kara Morgan and Fisher. Leading 16-9 thanks to their run, the Rebels held on to their lead for the remainder of the set to win 25-23 and extend the match to a fourth set. Laporte registered four kills in the third set, Morgan, who finished with 11 digs for the match, recorded five digs in the third set and Johnson had 12 assists and four digs.
Ole Miss led 13-11 midway through the fourth set, but a 5-0 run by the home-standing Tigers prompted the Rebels to use their first timeout. Trailing by five at 15-20, Ole Miss went on a 5-1 run to cut its deficit to one point at 20-21, causing LSU to use its first timeout. The Rebels tied the match at 22-22 on an attacking error by LSU, but could not close out the Tigers and dropped the fourth set 25-27.
Ole Miss now returns home to the friendly confines of the Gillom Sports Center for a match against the Auburn Tigers (9-7, 0-4 SEC) on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. CT. Sunday at the Gillom Sports Center is International Student Night. All international students in attendance will receive two free tickets to the Ole Miss versus Idaho home football game Oct. 26.
Auburn senior libero Sarah Wroblicky is currently fifth in the conference with 4.33 digs per set, and senior outside hitter Katherine Culwell leads the team offensively with 3.40 kills per set. Culwell is currently sixth on the active career kills list (877) in the SEC, just 29 blocks ahead of Morgan, who is seventh on the list.
For all Ole Miss volleyball news and information, including daily recaps, live stats and results, go to OleMissSports.com. Fans can follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissVB and on Facebook at Ole Miss Volleyball.
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 7-13, 2014Baseball- Ole Miss improved to 29-9 on the season and 9-6 in Southeastern Conference play after a pair of nonconference wins over Memphis and Murray State in the midweek and a series win... read more
Coming off a disappointing 6-5 loss in 10 innings Saturday, Ole Miss bounced back with a dominant 12-2 win Sunday to take the weekend series against Mississippi State in Starkville. At the plate, the Rebels set season high for runs... read more
Ole Miss struck early with five runs over the first four innings, which Chris Ellis and Wyatt Short made hold up in a 6-1 win over Mississippi State Friday night at Dudy Noble Field. The leadoff man for Mississippi State... read more
Riding a six-game win streak, Ole Miss travels to face Mississippi State in a three-game weekend series as part of Super Bulldog Weekend, which also includes Saturday's Maroon-White spring football game. Mississippi State has averaged 7,700 fans at Dudy Noble... read more
The Ole Miss offense exploded for nine runs on 14 hits in a 9-1 win over Memphis at AutoZone Park. The barrage included five multi-hit games and a season-high seven extra-base hits, including home runs by Will Allen and Sikes... read more
We begin this week with No. 13 and entering the 2002 season for the Ole Miss tennis team. The Southeastern Conference implemented a new setup, dividing the conference into two divisions - SEC East and SEC West. This moment... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewMarch 31-April 6, 2014Baseball- Ole Miss picked up its second sweep in SEC play with three wins over the Auburn Tigers this past weekend, including a doubleheader sweep Saturday.- Left-handed pitcher Christian Trent posted a... read more
Ole Miss held Auburn scoreless for 22 straight innings, from the seventh inning of the series opener Friday through the sixth inning of the series finale Saturday, but the weekend sweep remained in doubt in the eighth inning of the... read more
Rising junior running back I'Tavius Mathers turned in the highlight of the Grove Bowl Saturday with a 96-yard run before he was caught from behind by rising sophomore defensive back Kailo Moore to prevent him from scoring the touchdown. "He's... read more
Graduate student linebacker Deterrian Shackelford will wear Chucky Mullins' No. 38 jersey for the second time in his Ole Miss career, but for the first time in Saturday's Grove Bowl, he wore it during a game. The first non-senior to... read more