Stepping Up, Standing Out

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Kristen Brashear

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Kristen Brashear
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Sept. 20, 2013

By Austin Miller, OleMissSports.com

OXFORD, Miss. -- She wears a different colored jersey. But that's not the only reason Kristen Brashear has stood out this season.

The freshman from Louisville, Ky., has started all 10 matches at libero, a specialized, back row defensive position that wears a contrasting jersey from her teammates.

"It's given me a great opportunity to get comfortable with the rest of the team," Brashear said. "It's helped me to be able to be on my game and learn the positions better and get a lot more reps. It's helped my confidence, and I have enjoyed it a lot."

Brashear also leads the team and ranks 10th in the Southeastern Conference in digs, averaging 3.89 digs per set. At the GW Invitational, where she earned All-Tournament team honors, she set a single-match record for an Ole Miss freshman with 28 digs against George Washington.

"I think anytime a freshman is playing, it speaks to the skill level that they come in with, and she came in very skilled and has been playing with a lot of confidence," head coach Joe Getzin said. "She has a done a great job for us filling that great void at libero.

"She has also surprised us with her passing, and it has continued to improve, and that's the area she still has to work on. Defensively, she's made some phenomenal plays, and we will continue to see that."

One of five freshmen on this year's team, Brashear enrolled in summer classes, which has paid off for her on and off the court.

"I came in this summer by myself, and to be honest, it was quiet and lonely in the dorms, but Ty Laporte really helped me and reached out to me," Brashear said. "She made me feel comfortable with the older teammates and made me feel welcome, and it really helped me get through the summer as the only freshman.

"It also really paid off because I got two credits under my belt, and I got to bond with the team before the other freshmen. I got the workout routine down, and I got a feel for how practices were going to be."

Brashear stepped in for a fellow defensive specialist, junior Cara Fisher, who missed the first two weeks of the season with a broken collarbone before returning last weekend at the TCU Nike/Molten Invitational.

"I knew there was going to be more of an opportunity for me to start as a freshman because she would be out, and the team would need more of a leadership presence on the floor," Brashear said. "Now that Cara's back it's awesome to have her on the court and it makes our defense that much better."

"Both of them are going to be on the floor," said Getzin of Brashear and Fisher. "One will play a couple more rotation as the libero. Kristen has done a great job of competing with Cara. Right now they're in a good battle."

Austin Miller is a writer and blogger for OleMissSports.com. He joined the staff in June 2013 after serving as sports editor of the Daily Mississippian. Follow him on Twitter @austinkmiller.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Blog
    • Rebels Ahead of Schedule in Year Three

      Thursday, November 20, 2014 - Football

      It's sometimes easy to forget where the Ole Miss football program was just three short years ago, when Hugh Freeze was interviewing for the head coaching position. The Rebels had won just two games in 2011 and had lost 14... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Nov. 10-16, 2014)

      Monday, November 17, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewNov. 10-16, 2014Women's Basketball- The Ole Miss women's basketball team opened up the 2014-15 season with two wins over the weekend. The Rebels took down Grambling 92-67 in the season opener on Friday and followed... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Nov. 16

      Sunday, November 16, 2014 - Athletics

      The Ole Miss football team was off, but it was a busy week in Ole Miss athletics nevertheless, as the men's and women's basketball teams opened their respective seasons. Here are some thoughts and opinions on the week that was:-... read more

    • Getting Healthy, Staying Sharp on the Bye Week

      Friday, November 14, 2014 - Football

      No. 10 Ole Miss was without several starters and regular contributors against Presbyterian, and many others were limited.  But given an extra week of rest, head coach Hugh Freeze said he expects everyone, with the exception of the players out... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 11

      Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 11 - Presbyterian (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Nov. 3-9, 2014)

      Monday, November 10, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewNov. 3-9, 2014Football- Ole Miss took a break from the rugged Southeastern Conference and earned a 48-0 shutout win over Presbyterian on Saturday.- It was the Rebels' first shutout since beating Tulane 39-0 in 2012.-... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House - Nov. 9

      Sunday, November 9, 2014 - Football

      Austin Miller handled all of this week's edition of the Observations from the Best Seat in the House. Check out what he had to say below:- The nation's best scoring defense finally got its first shutout of the season, as... read more

    • Wilkins, Dodson Shine in Blowout Win

      Saturday, November 8, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss racked up the second-most yards in school history, totaling 640 yards, including 402 yards on the ground, in a 48-0 rout of Presbyterian. The Rebels were able to limit the reps for several players in the contest, with... read more

    • Three and Out: Keys to Ole Miss-PC

      Saturday, November 8, 2014 - Football

      Three areas to watch as No. 11 Ole Miss hosts FCS opponent Presbyterian in its final non-conference matchup of the regular season. Execute, Stay Heathy Saturday's game with Presbyterian is more about Ole Miss than its opponent, as the team's... read more

    • Injuries Create Opportunities for Young Players

      Thursday, November 6, 2014 - Football

      With injuries mounting on both sides of the ball, Saturday's game against Presbyterian presents an opportunity for young players and backups to gain experience and make an impression on the coaching staff. Among those injured players, head coach Hugh Freeze... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 10

      Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 10 - Auburn (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Path To Atlanta: A Little Homecookin'

      Monday, November 3, 2014 - Football

      A question we keep hearing is what needs to happen in order for the Rebels to get to the SEC Championship game. It's pretty simple, just cheer for the home team. The lone exception to that notion is Ole Miss'... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Oct. 27-Nov. 2, 2014)

      Monday, November 3, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewOct. 27-Nov. 2, 2014Football- No. 4 Ole Miss lost a heartbreaker to No. 3 Auburn on Saturday night, 35-31.- In addition to losing the game, the Rebels lost star receiver Laquon Treadwell on what looked... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Nov. 2

      Sunday, November 2, 2014 - Athletics

      In this week's edition of Observations from the Best Seat in the House, Metz Camfield and I teamed up to give you our thoughts and opinions of the week that was in Ole Miss athletics. There's a lot on our... read more

    • Rebels Look to Move on in Face of Adversity

      Saturday, November 1, 2014 - Football

      Dragging an Auburn defender on what initially looked to be a go-ahead touchdown, Laquon Treadwell fought his way toward the end zone, but had his ankle rolled over and fumbled into the end zone. In the moments that followed, the... read more