OXFORD, Miss. – With the season less than two weeks away, the Ole Miss volleyball team hosted its annual Red-Blue scrimmage on Saturday afternoon at the Gillom Sports Center, and left head coach Joe Getzin pleased about his team’s performance.
“It’s kind of a dry run for us in a lot of ways – getting used to playing in front of people with the stadium seating out – and I thought the kids did some great things,” Getzin said. “Obviously, anytime you’re playing each other it’s a win-win and a lose-lose, because one of your teams wins and the other loses. I was very pleased with the overall performance though.”
Sophomores Nakeyta Clair and Ty Laporte each had strong showings for the Rebels Saturday. Clair finished the match with 10 kills, three solo blocks and six block assists, while Laporte had a match-high 14 kills, one solo block and one block assist.
“They have definitely improved in their technique,” said Getzin of Clair and Laporte, who were each named to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman team last season. “They’re stronger and they play bigger at the net. The biggest adjustment right now for them is getting used to a new setter. That’s a timing issue more than anything else, and that just takes some reps that we haven’t had yet.”
The scrimmage offered the coaches an opportunity to see and try out many different things with a team that features seven newcomers, including five freshmen. One aspect of the team the coaches got to see for the first time was how they responded in a match environment where they are away from the team on the sidelines.
“There were some really good moments with that, and probably more plusses than minuses, but there are some things that we will definitely have to work on as well,” Getzin said. “That (includes) not dropping our heads when things don’t go our way, or exactly how we planned, and we did respond to that. The fourth set was much better.”
Ole Miss begins the 2013 season on the road at the GW/Nike Invitational in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 30 against UMBC. The Rebels’ first home match will be Sept. 6 at 11 a.m. against Kennesaw State in the Magnolia Invitational.
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.
With a split of road matches at South Carolina and No. 8 Georgia, the Ole Miss men's tennis team moved up one spot to No. 13 in the nation entering the Southeastern Conference Men's Tennis Championship this week in College... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review April 7-13, 2015 Baseball - Ole Miss finished the week with a 2-2 mark to remain a .500 overall record for the season (18-18) as well as 7-8 in SEC play. After dropping a... read more
The baseball team claimed claimed their second series of the second over the nation's top-ranked team in dramatic fashion. The football team wrapped up spring practice. And the men's and women's tennis teams closed out their respective regular seasons and... read more
At one point, co-offensive coordinator Dan Werner said, all three quarterbacks had completed around 66 percent of their passes, a testament to how close the competition has been this spring. Going into the Grove Bowl, Freeze said one had a... read more
Former Ole Miss head coach Billy Brewer almost did not sign Chucky Mullins, whose memory has been honored with the Chucky Mullins Courage Award. Nate Wayne, a four-year letterman for the Rebels and the 1997 recipient of the award, who... read more
#RebelNation here are the Red and Blue rosters for tomorrow's Regions Bank Grove Bowl. See you there! pic.twitter.com/FZptUEkW4P-- Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) April 10, 2015 Three areas to watch as Ole Miss splits into two teams for the annual Regions... read more
Junior cornerback Tee Shepard's story has been well-documented. Shepard is hearing impaired, but since he has arrived at Ole Miss, he has been the beneficiary of new hearing technology that has allowed him to hear sounds, such as a coach's... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewMarch 31-April 6, 2015Baseball - Ole Miss finished the week with a 2-2 mark to remain a .500 overall record for the season (16-16). - The Rebels claimed a midweek victory over Memphis before dropping... read more
Six former Rebels begin the 2015 Major League Baseball on opening day rosters. Chris Coghlan, Zack Cozart and Seth Smith all started or are slated to start on opening day for their respective teams. Lance Lynn and Drew Pomeranz will begin the season... read more
The reigning SEC Player of the Year, Nik Scholtz decided to return for his senior season, wanting to give Ole Miss and Oxford one more season.Playing in perhaps his last home match at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center Saturday, Scholtz gave... read more