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.
Although they will not begin competing for the Rebels until the fall, several members of the 2015 signing class have arrived at Ole Miss to begin their college journey this summer. The first of two summer sessions offered at the... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 28-May 4, 2015Baseball - The Rebels started the week defeating the Bulldogs, 11-1 in the annual Governor's Cup. The 10-run win for the Rebels marked the largest margin of victory in the 36-year history... read more
Welcome to Pittsburgh...and welcome to #SteelersNation, @Quez_G! #SteelersDraft pic.twitter.com/oY8wZc10Kk-- Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 2, 2015 Congrats Senquez Golson! Drafted 56th overall in the 2015 #NFLDRAFT by the Pittsburgh Steelers. #HottyToddy #FinsUp pic.twitter.com/EPGayDNOu7-- Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) May 2, 2015 Ole... read more
Six men with ties to Ole Miss were part of the inaugural class of 25 athletes and coaches inducted into the Scott County Hall of Fame this past Saturday at Roosevelt State Park in Morton. It is believed that this... read more
In a tie for 7th place at 7-under, @OleMissFB takes home $30,000 in charity and scholarship. #CFAPBGolf pic.twitter.com/qd0JzilyYR-- #CFAPBGolf (@CFAPeachBowl) April 28, 2015 The Ole Miss team of head football coach Hugh Freeze and Sean Tuohy turned in a strong... read more
The Ole Miss men's and women's tennis team learned their postseason destinations, as the men's and women's NCAA Tournament fields were announced Tuesday. The men, ranked No. 13 in the nation, are the No. 14 overall seed and will be... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 21-27, 2015Baseball - During the five-game homestand, Ole Miss went 3-2 with a midweek win over Central Arkansas as well as claiming a weekend series over Alabama. - The Rebels recorded 68 hits throughout... read more
With a distance of 287-yards, the 2015 #CFAPBGolf Coaches Division Long Drive Champion is @CoachHughFreeze! pic.twitter.com/ProCdgbbg9-- #CFAPBGolf (@CFAPeachBowl) April 27, 2015 Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze took home the long drive title at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge... read more
Hugh Freeze and Ross Bjork embarked on the Rebel Road Trip, the baseball team claimed their weekend series over Alabama that featured the largest crowd of the season and the football program's NFL presence is expected to grow with the... read more
Ole Miss swept a doubleheader Saturday, defeating Alabama 10-2 in Game One and 4-0 in Game Two. As a pitching staff, the Rebels allowed just one earned run and scattered a combined 12 hits with 17 strikeouts compared to just... read more
Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze will team with former All-SEC basketball player Sean Tuohy to represent the Rebels for the fourth straight year and compete for a share of the $520,000 total purse in the ninth annual Chick-fil-A... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 14-20, 2015Men's Tennis- Ole Miss downed No. 22 Vanderbilt 4-1 to advance to the SEC Tournament semifinals for the 16th time in program history.- The Rebels rallied to take the doubles point and then got... read more