OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss freshman middle blocker Ty Laporte recorded a season-high 20 kills Sunday afternoon, but the Rebels (8-10, 2-7 Southeastern Conference) fell 3-2 (25-20, 22-25, 25-23, 9-25, 10-15) at Georgia.
“We had a great performance out of Ty Laporte today,” Ole Miss volleyball head coach Joe Getzin said. “When we passed the ball and were in system, she did a great job of finding the open areas of the court and attacking. We have to continue to pass the ball so we can keep our middles attacking.”
Laporte finished with an attacking percentage of .515 after recording 20 kills on 33 attempts and committing just three errors. Laporte also had four block assists.
Senior setter Amanda Philpot had her seventh double-double of the season with 35 assists and 16 digs. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native was just three kills shy of her third triple-double, as she finished with seven kills for the match. Senior libero Ashley Veach had 23 digs, while sophomore defensive specialist Rachael McLamore had a career-high 21 digs.
The Rebels took set one by a score of 25-20 after Laporte put down seven kills. Laporte’s seven kills marked the sixth straight match that she has recorded six or more kills.
Ole Miss rallied late in the second set, paced again by Laporte who had a team-high five kills, but it wasn’t quite enough. The Rebels tied the set at 22-22, but Georgia (11-7, 5-4 SEC) regrouped to score the final three points of the set to take it 25-22 and tie the match at one set apiece.
The Rebels won the third set 25-23, as Laporte added six more kills and Philpot passed out 13 assists. Ole Miss took an 8-7 lead in the set and never trailed again. Georgia would fight back and tie the set on two separate occasions, including at 22-22, but Ole Miss scored three of the set’s final four points to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
It was all Georgia in the fourth set, as the Bulldogs jumped out to an early lead and never let down, winning the set 25-9 and forcing a deciding fifth game.
Georgia jumped out to a 9-3 lead to start the fifth set. Ole Miss cut the deficit down to four, but could not get any closer as Georgia went on to win the fifth set 15-10, and the match, 3-2.
The Rebels return home next week as they face Missouri on Friday and South Carolina on Sunday. Friday’s match will begin at 7:30 p.m. CT and will be televised by SportSouth. Ole Miss’ match against South Carolina on Sunday will be aired by Comcast at 1:00 p.m. CT. The Rebels fell earlier in the year at Missouri 3-0, and defeated South Carolina on the road 3-0.
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