BATON ROUGE, La. -Kara Morgan and Amanda Philpot each recorded double-doubles, but the Ole Miss volleyball team fell 3-1 (21-25, 25-21, 22-25, 24-26) on the road to LSU on Sunday afternoon.
The Rebels (10-13, 4-10 Southeastern Conference) got 14 kills and 15 digs out of junior outside hitter Kara Morgan, and a season-high 52 assists and 12 digs from senior setter Amanda Philpot, but couldn't overcome the dynamic LSU attacking duo of Madie Jones and Desiree Elliott.
"I thought we played fairly well," Ole Miss head volleyball coach Joe Getzin said. "We're continuing to improve and I thought we built on Friday night. We just didn't make a couple plays at the end to take it to a fifth set."
Ole Miss freshman middle blocker Ty Laporte led the Rebels offensively with a team-high 16 kills, as four Rebels reached double figures in kills. Freshman middle blocker Nakeyta Clair was one of those four Rebels, as she finished with 14 kills and a season-high six block assists. Senior right side hitter Allegra Wells finished with 12 kills and four block assists. Senior libero Ashley Veach was a defensive stalwart for the Rebels, recording a team-high 21 digs.
The Rebels jumped out to a quick 6-2 lead in the opening set, but couldn't hold off the home-standing Tigers. Trailing by three points at 18-21, Ole Miss went on a 3-1 run to cut the deficit to one, but would get no closer as LSU scored the final four points of the set.
Ole Miss got off to a fast start again in the second set, jumping out to a 6-3 lead. After giving up the lead for the first time in the set at 10-11, the Rebels responded with a 5-1 run to take a 15-12 lead and prompt an LSU timeout. Ole Miss held on for the remainder of the set to tie the match at 1 set apiece with a 25-21 victory in set two.
It was LSU's turn to get the fast start in set three, as the Tigers came out of the gates on a 6-2 run that forced the Rebels into a timeout. Ole Miss found themselves down 10-15 midway through the third set, but fought back valiantly to tie the set at 22-22, but LSU would score the final three points to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
Junior outside hitter Kiley Sherman came in to start the fourth set and provided the Rebels with a spark, tallying five kills on 10 attempts. After coming out on a 9-4 run to start the fourth set, Ole Miss couldn't keep the momentum going, as LSU fought back to take the match's final frame 26-24 in a hard-fought set and match.
Ole Miss will return home this week with matches against Tennessee and Florida at the Gillom Sports Center. The rebels will face Tennessee on Friday at 7 p.m. CT, and the Gators on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. CT.
For all Ole Miss volleyball news and information, go to OleMissSports.com. Follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissVB and go to Facebook at Ole Miss Volleyball.
Moving along chronologically, today we delve into the top 10 moments of Ole Miss men's tennis coach Billy Chadwick continuing with the 2005 season, which was one of the most exciting seasons in Ole Miss tennis history. In 2005, the... read more
On this Monday we take a look at moment No. 11 of the top moments in Billy Chadwick's career. This moment encompasses a year full of great accomplishments that Chadwick made the norm for the Ole Miss tennis program. In... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 14-20, 2014Baseball- Ole Miss went 1-2 last week vs. No. 7 LSU, dropping a 13-inning affair in the series opener before taking game two and falling in the series finale.- Ole Miss became the... read more
Earlier this baseball season, Ole Miss tied a game on a dropped fly ball with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, which was a case of deja vu for Ole Miss fan Curtis Wilkie, who remembered the same... read more
Sam Smith posted his eighth straight quality start, but it was not enough, as LSU shut out Ole Miss 2-0 Saturday afternoon to take the three-game series. It was the first time that the Rebels had been shutout since a... read more
LSU looked to have gotten out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth, but right fielder Mark Laird dropped a fly ball in foul territory that would have been the final out and send the game to the fifth down... read more
For eight innings, Chris Ellis dueled Aaron Nola, the Southeastern Conference's leader in strikeouts (84) and earned run average (0.70) to a draw, as he left with the game with the score tied at 2-2. It was the eighth time... read more
Two new mock drafts released this week has former wide receiver Ole Miss wide receiver Donte Moncrief being selected in the late second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, set for May 8-10. NFL media analyst Bucky Brooks projects Moncrief... read more