Amanda Philpot and the Ole Miss volleyball team opens its season Friday against Miami (Fla.) at the Hurricane Invitational.
Aug. 23, 2012
OXFORD, Miss. - After weeks of grueling preseason conditioning and training, the 2012 Ole Miss volleyball team is ready to face an opponent other than itself. The Rebels will do just that Friday when they face Miami (Fla.) at 6:00 p.m. CT in the Hurricane Invitational in Coral Gables, Fla.
"We're excited to take the court and start the 2012 season," Ole Miss head coach Joe Getzin said. "We've worked hard in the preseason and we're looking forward to putting that hard work on the court in what is sure to be a great tournament."
The Hurricane Invitational will mark the start of Getzin's 11th year guiding the Rebels' volleyball program. Under Getzin's guidance and tutelage, Ole Miss has earned its only three NCAA Tournament appearances.
The 2012 Rebels enter the year hoping to make the program's fourth appearance in the tournament. Ole Miss will be led in its pursuit of that goal by a strong five-member senior class of Ashley Anderson, Whitney Craven, Amanda Philpot, Ashley Veach and Allegra Wells. And while the team has plenty of experience, it also has a strong freshmen contingent with five true freshmen entering the fold, and a pair of redshirt freshmen looking to get their first action this season.
The home-standing Hurricanes enter Friday's match and the 2012 season coming off a second-round appearance in the NCAA Tournament one year ago where they also finished second in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 26-5 record. Entering her 12th year at the helm of the Hurricanes, Miami is led by head coach Nicole Lantagne Welch.
Following Friday's match against Miami, Ole Miss will face a tough doubleheader Saturday against Samford, which advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season, and Wofford.
"We're going to face three teams in Miami (Fla.), Samford and Wofford that each have their own unique style that will help prepare us for the SEC season," Getzin said. "It will be a really challenging tournament, and one that we can learn a lot from."
Wells and Philpot return to the court for Ole Miss this season coming off strong junior campaigns that saw them lead the team in kills and assists, respectively. Playing on the right side, Wells is one of the Southeastern Conference's top athletes, finishing fourth in the long jump at the SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships in February. Philpot enters 2012 as one of the conference's top offensive threats at setter.
For all Ole Miss volleyball news and information, including recaps, live stats and results, follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissVB and go to Facebook at Ole Miss Volleyball.
Ole Miss football players will report to campus on Friday for the start of 2014 fall camp. Friday will also feature Media Day activities beginning with head coach Hugh Freeze's press conference at 2 p.m, which will be streamed live... read more
On the transition as new hitting coach: The transition has been really good. The coaching staff has made it a lot easier on me than what it could be. It's definitely been a whirlwind. On what he knew about Ole... read more
Here are more of Coach Freeze's interviews in Bristol. Scroll down to the earlier post to hear him on Ivan Maisel's podcast. Watch: Freeze on CFB Live Watch: Freeze on the Paul Finebaum Show Listen: Freeze on the Freddie Coleman... read more
All 14 Southeastern Conference football coaches will travel to ESPN's annual mid-summer football coaches "car wash" - in which guests appear across multiple programs and platforms over one day - at ESPN's Bristol, Conn., headquarters on Monday and Tuesday. Ole... read more
Ole Miss took its turn at the annual SEC Media Days on Thursday. Joining head coach Hugh Freeze was senior quarterback Bo Wallace, junior defensive end C.J. Johnson and senior safety Cody Prewitt. Here are a few related SEC Media... read more
Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze said on day one that his expectations were to make the program relevant in the Southeastern Conference Western Division. With a full allotment of 85 scholarship players and more depth of both sides of... read more
Once overshadowed, Wallace now finds himself more firmly in the spotlight after the departure of seven of the league's eight top passers. The dean of SEC quarterbacks, Wallace is the league's leading returner in total offense, passing yards and passing... read more
Before taking his turn at the podium in the main room at SEC Media Days on Thursday, head coach Hugh Freeze met with members of the Ole Miss local media and addressed a wide variety of topics. Here are some... read more
Ole Miss will take its turn at SEC Media Days on Thursday. Here are a few links to stories of interest for Ole Miss fans from Day Three of SEC Media Days, which featured Steve Shaw (SEC), Justin Connolly (ESPN),... read more
Ole Miss will take its turn at SEC Media Days on Thursday. Here are a few links to stories of interest for Ole Miss fans from Day Two of SEC Media Days, which featured South Carolina, Mississippi State, Texas A&M... read more
NFL.com CFB 24/7 has counted down the 14 college football players to watch -- and some other college football topics -- in varying categories in 2014. Below are the highlights for Ole Miss and the link to the complete 14... read more
Ole Miss will take its turn at SEC Media Days on Thursday. Here are a few links to stories of interest for Ole Miss fans from Day 1 of SEC Media Days, which featured SEC commissioner Mike Slive, Auburn, Florida... read more
Former Ole Miss player Zack Cozart, now a member of the Cincinnati Reds, was named the best defensive shortstop in baseball for the first half of the 2014 season. ESPN Insider Scott Spratt selected one player from either league at... read more
The Season: Ole Miss Baseball: Omaha Bound from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo. Chapter 1: Regionals from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo. Chapter 2: Super Regionals from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo. Chapter 3: CWS Games 1 & 2... read more