OXFORD, Miss. - The Ole Miss Rebels got a team-high eight kills from Nakeyta Clair and Allegra Wells, but couldn't stop the balanced Tennessee attack, and fell 3-0 (15-25, 18-25, 19-25) Sunday night at the Gillom Center.
The Rebels (10-14, 4-11 Southeastern Conference) were led by Clair and Wells' eight kills, along with senior setter Amanda Philpot's team-high 26 assists and Rachael McLamore and Ashley Veach each tallying eight digs. Junior outside hitter Kara Morgan finished with seven kills and six digs for the Rebels.
"We got outplayed by, obviously, a very good Tennessee team, which has been hot as of late," Ole Miss head coach Joe Getzin said. "We just didn't do a good job of responding to their level of play."
Ole Miss was playing Tennessee (18-6, 11-4 SEC) for the first time this season, and couldn't match the Lady Vols' runs.
In the first set, Tennessee used a 5-0 run to gain an 11-6 lead it would hold the remainder of the set. A 9-1 run by the Lady Vols in set two broke open an 8-8 tie, and in set three Tennessee used an 8-0 run to take a 17-9 lead it would hold on to.
The Rebels will face Florida at 1:30 p.m. CT Sunday. The Gators rank inside the top four in the SEC in hitting percentage, opponent's hitting percentage, assists, kills and service aces. Florida outside hitter Živa Recek is the two-time reigning SEC Freshman of the Week, and a three-time honoree overall.
In honor of it being Veterans Day on Sunday, Ole Miss volleyball is offering two Egg Bowl tickets to active duty and retired military personnel who attend the match. Service members must present an ID, and tickets will be given away after the second set against Florida.
The Rebels lost 3-0 (14-25, 12-25, 22-25) to then-No. 11 Florida on the road earlier this season. Morgan had team highs of 11 kills and eight digs against the Gators. Eight of Morgan's 11 kills in the match, and six of her eight digs came in the third set. Philpot had a team-high 23 assists, and freshman middle blocker Ty Laporte finished with six kills, the second most on the team.
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