OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss volleyball team couldn’t get in a rhythm Sunday at the Gillom Sports Center against the Auburn Tigers (15-8, 6-7 Southeastern Conference), and lost 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-19).
Senior setter Amanda Philpot led the Rebels (10-11, 4-8 SEC) with seven kills, 18 assists and eight digs, but Ole Miss couldn’t find an answer against a stingy Auburn defense that ranks second in the league in opponent’s hitting percentage.
“Hats off to Auburn,” Ole Miss head coach Joe Getzin said. “I thought they played a very good match and were very much in system the whole day. I don’t know if it’s the little bit of time off, we just did not click at all. … We didn’t pass the ball very well, so we weren’t in system ourselves so we couldn’t do a lot of things we had done the week before.”
Auburn came out of the gates on fire, hitting at a .455 clip and taking the first set 25-16. Philpot and senior outside hitter Ashley Anderson each had three kills for the Rebels. Philpot also recorded six assists and four digs in the opening frame.
The Rebels fell in the second set 25-19 as Auburn jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and never looked back. The Rebels cut the deficit to three at 20-17, but Auburn held on to score five of the final seven points to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
Auburn won the final set also by a count of 25-19. Freshman middle blocker Nakeyta Clair and senior right side Allegra Wells each had three kills in the final frame, and Philpot had nine assists. Freshman defensive specialist Evan St. Laurent tallied five digs in the third set and finished with a team-high tying eight in the match.
Ole Miss hits the road again next weekend with matches at Kentucky and LSU. The Rebels face UK at 6 p.m. CT Friday, and will go against LSU at 3 p.m. CT Sunday. Sunday’s match against the Tigers will be televised by Cox. It will be Ole Miss’ second match of the year against Kentucky, and its first against LSU. The Rebels lost 3-0 to the Wildcats in Oxford.
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