Douglass Shines In First Spring Matches

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Redshirt freshman Lauren Douglass was impressive in the Rebels' first spring tournament.
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Redshirt freshman Lauren Douglass was impressive in the Rebels' first spring tournament.
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March 26, 2013

OXFORD, Miss. – Spring is a time of renewal and rebirth, and for the Ole Miss volleyball team, it’s a time to fine tune skills and prepare for the summer months that lay before the 2013 season.

The Ole Miss volleyball team played four schools Saturday in Memphis to open its spring schedule. The Rebels played two sets to 25 points and one set to 15 points against each of the four schools, going 9-3 in the 12 total sets played.

“Overall, it was a very good, out-of-the-gate tournament for us,” Ole Miss volleyball head coach Joe Getzin said. “I’m a little disappointed that we didn’t stay focused and lost a couple close sets. That’s one of our goals this spring is to stay focused throughout the whole set, so we have to keep improving in that.”

Among the players who really stood out in Getzin’s eyes was freshman Lauren Douglass. A middle blocker/right side hitter from Flower Mound, Texas, Douglass redshirted the 2012 season while recovering from injury.

“We had outstanding play from Lauren Douglass,” Getzin said. “She put up some huge numbers for us. I know, especially for her, stepping out on the floor as a Rebel for the first time was fun. She really ‘wowed’ her teammates as well. It was really good for her.”

Douglass was named to the AVCA All-American Watch List and was an AVCA High School All-America nominee, leading Flower Mound High School in kills while being named to the All-District 8-5A First Team as a senior.

Also getting on the court for the first time was rising sophomore setter Skylar Johnson, who missed each of the last two seasons with injury, and is ready to take the court in 2013 to help feed the Rebels’ talented attack.

“Skylar Johnson got to set for the first time last weekend,” Getzin said. “It was good for her to get into some action and actually get out there and lead the team.”

Part of that talented attack comes from the Rebels’ middle blockers. Among them is a pair of SEC All-Freshman team selections in Nakeyta Clair and Ty Laporte, along with Douglass and rising senior Kellie Goss.

“All of our middles put up really good numbers so I’m pleased with the progress that we’re making,” Getzin said. “We realize that’s a strength for our team and we have to keep building on it and keep utilizing them to our fullest capacity.”

Ole Miss will take the weekend off for Easter before getting back to the grind to prepare for its next spring tournament in Louisville, Ky.

“This week is a little bit different because we’re taking the long weekend off,” Getzin said. “We’re spending a lot of time going back to some individual stuff and cleaning up some of that. Then we’ll need to go back and step up when we go to the KIVA tournament in Louisville, Ky., where we know we will play some quality teams.”

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

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