COLUMBIA, Mo. – Freshman Melanie Crow had a team-high nine kills and no errors, while fellow freshman Aubrey Edie passed out 28 assists, but it was not enough for the Ole Miss volleyball team as the Rebels dropped a 3-0 (21-25, 18-25, 18-25) decision to No. 7 Missouri at the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Mo.
“We did some good things tonight, we just came across a very good and talented Missouri team at home, and we didn’t find ways to respond when they did,” Ole Miss head coach Joe Getzin said. “But I’m happy with how we competed tonight after a long break.”
Crow hit at a team-best .529 attacking percentage, and Edie had four kills, four digs and a pair of block assists to go with her team-high assist total. Junior libero Cara Fisher logged a team-high nine digs, and sophomore middle blocker Nakeyta Clair had eight kills and two solo blocks. Senior outside hitter Kara Morgan had five kills on the night, moving her into fourth place on the career kills list at Ole Miss with 878.
Ole Miss dropped a well-played opening set to the Tigers 25-21. Despite Missouri entering the match second in the conference in opponent’s hitting percentage (.169), the Rebels put up an impressive .385 mark in the first set. The two teams exchanged points back and forth en route to an 8-8 tie before Mizzou went on a 3-0 run to take an 11-8 lead. Ole Miss would cut its deficit to two at 15-17, but could get no closer as Missouri took the 1-0 lead in the match with the 25-21 set victory. Edie passed out a dozen assists in the set while Crow and sophomore middle blocker Ty Laporte each notched four kills on six digs.
The Rebels jumped out to a 4-1 lead to open the second set, but Missouri came back to tie the set at four and neither team could gain any breathing room from there until midway through the set. With the score tied at 11, Missouri went on an 8-4 run to take a 19-15 lead and force the Rebels to call their first timeout. Ole Miss could not get its rhythm back after the break and the Tigers took the set 25-18. Clair had four kills in the set to lead Ole Miss.
The two teams got off to another tight start to open the third set. Down 9-12, Ole Miss pulled to within two off a kill by freshman outside hitter Margaret Eggert, but a 3-0 run by the Tigers after that gave them a 15-10 lead and caused Ole Miss to use its first timeout. Missouri went on to take the third set 25-18 to close out the match.
Ole Miss will stay on the road to face Arkansas on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. CT. It is the Rebels’ second matchup against the Razorbacks this season after the two teams met in their SEC opener Sept. 27.
Arkansas has been led offensively by junior outside hitter Meredith Hays, who entered the weekend with a 3.99 kills per set average, which was the fourth highest mark in the league. Senior libero Emily Helm entered the weekend third in the SEC with 4.61 digs per set.
For all Ole Miss volleyball news and information, including recaps, live stats and results, go to OleMissSports.com. Fans can also follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissVB and on Facebook at Ole Miss Volleyball.
The dean of Southeastern Conferences quarterbacks and the league's leading returner in total offense, passing yards and passing touchdowns, senior Bo Wallace is as healthy and confident as ever, and he's also assumed a more vocal leadership role on the... read more
We Are Ole Miss from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.In case you missed it, "Forward Together: We Are Ole Miss" from earlier this year: Forward Together: We Are Ole Miss from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more
Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze confirmed that junior cornerback Carlos Davis suffered a torn ACL and will likely have surgery Monday. Davis joins sophomore cornerback Tee Shepard and junior safety Chief Brown on the list of players expected to miss... read more
The launch of the SEC Network shows the growth and vision of the 14 schools in the conference. #OleMiss-- Coach Alex (@apsimms2) August 15, 2014 That was fun! And the @SECNetwork is only getting started. #SECStoried finished strong. Great... read more
Tonight is the night!! #SECNetworkLaunch pic.twitter.com/73UYs8B0Hg-- SEC Network (@SECNetwork) August 14, 2014 Historic day for SEC & #OleMiss as we celebrate the launch of the @SECNetwork at 5pm CST! Congrats to everyone who made it happen!-- Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) August... read more
The center and right tackle position battles have been two of the biggest story lines of fall camp, but as the Rebels prepped for their second preseason scrimmage Wednesday night, they are closer to solidifying the depth chart along the... read more
"Buy-in" is a common term thrown around by coaches. How will first-year Ole Miss head volleyball coach Steven McRoberts measure buy-in, as the team continues its preseason work for the upcoming season? Attitude and effort. "If we bring those two... read more
The Ole Miss men's basketball team wrapped up its Bahamian exhibition tour with a perfect 2-0 record. Head coach Andy Kennedy recapped the trip, talked about the chemistry, depth and experience of a new-look roster heading into the fall. The... read more
Sophomore defensive end Fadol Brown and sophomore cornerback Kailo Moore returned from their respective injuries, while sophomore Tee Shepard remains out with a toe injury. The results from Shepard's MRI performed on Saturday are being sent to Birmingham, head coach... read more
The SEC Network will debut on Thursday, August 14 with a three-hour SEC Now that will visit every SEC school and the 21 sports within the SEC. The first two weeks of the network will also feature customized programming to... read more
Ole Miss continues its preparations for the the 2014 season with the second full week of fall camp starting Monday. Here's a look back at the first full week of fall camp with some observations and takeaways, as well as... read more
An extended portion of the team drills were open to the media. Gameplay-wise, the highlight of the period was a pair of deep throws from senior quarterback Bo Wallace, one to sophomore wide receiver Laquon Treadwell and another to junior... read more