Rebels Drop Heartbreaker To SEC West Champs

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Amanda Philpot had her third triple-double of the season Friday night, finishing with 40 assists, 11 kills and 11 digs.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Amanda Philpot had her third triple-double of the season Friday night, finishing with 40 assists, 11 kills and 11 digs.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Nov. 23, 2012

Stats

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss senior setter Amanda Philpot recorded her third triple-double of the season Friday night, but it wasn’t enough for the Ole Miss volleyball team to top the Southeastern Conference Western Division Champions. The Rebels (12-17, 6-14 SEC) fought back from a tough first set, but fell to Texas A&M 3-2 (9-25, 26-24, 25-27, 25-20, 10-15) at the Gillom Sports Center.

Ole Miss rebounded admirably from the first set, and fought toe-to-toe with the Aggies (24-5, 16-4 SEC), which are receiving votes in the latest American Volleyball Coaches’ Association Top 25, and are No. 18 in the latest NCAA RPI.

“We started off a little shaky, but I was really proud with the way the team rebounded, and the next four sets were back and forth the whole way,” Ole Miss head coach Joe Getzin said. “If you erase that first set, we played a good match today.”

Philpot recorded her third triple-double of the season – the most in the SEC – with 40 assists, 11 kills and 11 digs. It was the seventh triple-double of Philpot’s career. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native had a double-double in the two teams’ first meeting.

“It was typical Amanda,” Getzin said. “The sets are always there, number wise, it’s just a matter of her finding her rhythm attacking wise. I was really excited for her to finish on such a bright note.”

Senior libero Ashley Veach finished with 22 digs and six assists Friday night. It was the third straight match of 20 or more digs for Veach.

“Veach is just steady eddy for us,” Getzin said. “She did a great job passing. I think it’s her third straight with 20 or more digs. She really went out with a good performance.”

Offensively, Ole Miss had three Rebels finish with double-digit kill totals, led by junior outside hitter Kara Morgan's team-high 16, and senior right side hitter Allegra Wells' 14. Morgan also had nine digs and a career-high seven assists.

The Rebels hit at a .368 clip in the second set against a stingy Texas A&M defense that is ranked second in the SEC in opponent’s hitting percentage. Wells and Morgan combined for 11 kills and just three errors in the set to lead the Ole Miss attack, while Philpot passed out 11 assists. The two teams combined for 14 ties and six lead changes before Ole Miss came out with the 26-24 victory.

Similar to set two, the Rebels and Aggies went back and forth again in set three. With the score tied 15-15, the two teams battled for the remainder of the set with neither team gaining a lead greater than a single point. Tied 25-25, Texas A&M came through late to win the set 27-25 and take a 2-1 lead in the match.

Ole Miss hit at a .440 clip in the fourth set, committing just three errors on 25 attacks, and forced a fifth and deciding set with a 25-20 victory. Morgan led Ole Miss in the fourth frame with a team-high five kills and four digs.

Texas A&M jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the final set, forcing the Rebels into a timeout. Trailing by as many as six points, Ole Miss again fought back and trailed by just one point at 10-11, but the Aggies finished off the match with four straight points to take the set 15-10.

In the record Ole Miss career record books, senior outside hitter Whitney Craven finishes with the eighth most kills all-time. Philpot closes out her career second in assists and tied for sixth in service aces. Veach’s 949 digs are the fifth most in Ole Miss history, and Wells finishes her career fifth all-time in kills, sixth in solo blocks, third in block assists and sixth in total blocks.

Morgan’s 30 service aces are a single-season record at Ole Miss, and her 311 kills are the third most in a single season. Philpot’s 989 assists are the most in a single season in Ole Miss history during the rally scoring era, and Veach’s 469 digs are the second most in Rebels history.

For all Ole Miss volleyball news and information, go to OleMissSports.com. Follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissVB and on Facebook at Ole Miss Volleyball.

Ole Miss Head Coach Joe Getzin

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Blog
    • Rebels Knock Off Defending SEC Champs

      Wednesday, October 1, 2014 -

      Playing in front of a nationally-televised audience on the SEC Network, the Ole Miss volleyball team notched their biggest win of the season, knocking off defending SEC Champion Missouri in three sets. The win also snaps the Tigers' 20-match SEC... read more

    • Freeze, Saban Preview Saturday's SEC Showdown

      Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - Football

      Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze and Alabama head coach Nick Saban on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of Saturday's much-anticipated matchup. For the full SEC teleconference, go here. Alabama head coach Nick Saban (starts at 36:16 mark)... read more

    • Striking The Right Balance Offensively

      Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss has been held under 100 yards rushing in each of its last meetings with Alabama, a 33-14 loss in 2012 and a 25-0 loss in 2013. Running the ball effectively and finding a balance is one area, the... read more

    • 3 Things About Gameday - Ole Miss vs. Alabama

      Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - Football

      read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Sept. 22-28)

      Monday, September 29, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewSept. 22-28, 2014Football- No. 10 Ole Miss used a dominant defensive effort to put away Memphis 24-3 on Saturday, setting up one of the biggest games in recent history this coming Saturday against the Alabama... read more

    • PHOTOS: Week-Long Timeline of Powder Blues

      Monday, September 29, 2014 - Football

      1. Tuesday 9/23 at 4PM @CoachHughFreeze reveals the helmets to the @olemissfb team at team meeting. pic.twitter.com/8jpVCvny4p— OleMissPix (@OleMissPix) September 29, 2014 2. Wed 9/24 at 4PM @OleMissFB practice hidden indoors so that team practice in helmets for safety reasons. pic.twitter.com/vA0Oo6Ps7S— OleMissPix (@OleMissPix) September... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House

      Sunday, September 28, 2014 - Athletics

      It's Sunday, so that means it's time for this week's Observations from the Best Seat in the House. I'll handle the bulk of the notes this week, but we also have some insight from Austin Miller here as well. Let's... read more

    • Upset Bid Falls Short Against No. 10 A&M

      Sunday, September 28, 2014 - Soccer

      Seeking its first win over a top-10 team since 2009, Ole Miss took a 1-0 lead but fell short to No. 10 Texas A&M, 2-1, Sunday afternoon. "I'm really happy with the team's performance," head coach Matt Mott said. "I'm... read more

    • Defense Honors Mullins with Dominant Effort

      Saturday, September 27, 2014 - Football

      Wearing the lighter blue helmets for the first time since 1994 to honor the late Chucky Mullins, the Ole Miss defense also honored his memory with perhaps the most dominant defensive performance of the Hugh Freeze Era. "Chucky would have... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-Memphis Motivational

      Saturday, September 27, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss vs Memphis: Official Team Motivational from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Three and Out: Keys to Ole Miss-Memphis

      Saturday, September 27, 2014 - Football

      Three areas to watch as No. 10 Ole Miss faces Memphis Saturday. Battle of the Quarterbacks Ole Miss and Memphis have both gotten steady quarterback play, as both teams rank inside the top-15 nationally in scoring offense.  Senior quarterback Bo... read more

    • Rebels Rebound with Hard-Fought Draw

      Thursday, September 25, 2014 - Soccer

      Playing in their fourth overtime game of the season, the Ole Miss soccer team played Arkansas to a 1-1 double-overtime draw on Thursday night.  The teams combined for 30 shots, including 13 on goal, but the game was characterized more... read more

    • 3 Things About Gameday - Ole Miss vs. Memphis

      Thursday, September 25, 2014 - Football

      read more

    • Freeze Stresses Focus, Attention Ahead of Memphis

      Thursday, September 25, 2014 - Football

      Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze's time on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of the Rebels' matchup with Memphis on Saturday (6:30 p.m. CT, Fox Sports Net). Freeze's time on the call begins at the 1:21:20 mark. For... read more

    • Memphis Not Fazed by Big Stage

      Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - Football

      Memphis is 2-1 heading into Saturday's matchup with wins over Austin Peay (63-0) and Middle Tennessee (36-17) and a 42-35 loss at No. 11 UCLA. The Tigers scored two early fourth-quarter touchdowns to tie the Bruins at 35-35 with 13:44... read more