Ole Miss Opens SEC Play At Home

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Freshman libero Kristen Brashear is averaging 3.73 digs per set.

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Freshman libero Kristen Brashear is averaging 3.73 digs per set.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Sept. 25, 2013

Ole Miss Notes Get Acrobat Reader

OXFORD, Miss. - Coming off its first tournament championship of the season, the Ole Miss volleyball team (10-3) will now enter Southeastern Conference play when it hosts Arkansas (7-4) and No. 3 Florida (11-1) on Friday and Sunday, respectively, at the Gillom Sports Center.

Ole Miss faces Arkansas at 7:00 p.m. CT Friday and Florida at 1:30 p.m. CT Sunday. The Rebels are 6-1 against Arkansas at the Gillom Sports Center dating back to 2006. Ole Miss enters the conference portion of the season on a three-match winning streak after winning the Rebel Classic at home last weekend.

"They're two very good teams, obviously, coming in to play," Ole Miss volleyball head coach Joe Getzin said. "We're excited to open up SEC play at home. That helps us. Arkansas is a very physical team and we're going to have to execute on our side of the net. Florida's record and ranking speaks for itself. They're No. 3 in the country for a reason."

At the Rebel Classic, Ole Miss dropped one set in three matches and allowed its opponents to score 20 or more points just twice. Sophomore middle blocker Nakeyta Clair and freshmen Melanie Crow and Aubrey Edie were each selected to the all-tournament team, and Clair was named tournament MVP.

Clair and fellow sophomore middle blocker Ty Laporte have put up impressive numbers through the non-conference portion of the schedule. Clair is averaging 2.23 kills per set on a .321 hitting percentage - both second on the team - and a team-high 1.27 blocks per set, which ranks second in the SEC. The electric Laporte is averaging a team-high 2.52 kills per set on a .322 hitting percentage and 0.83 blocks per set, which is second on the team.

The Rebels have gotten great production this season from freshmen Kristen Brashear, Crow and Edie. The rookie trio has started together in each of the last seven matches, with Brashear and Crow having started every match this season.

Brashear is 10th in the SEC with 3.73 digs per set, and tallied an Ole Miss freshman record with 28 digs at George Washington. Crow is averaging 1.96 kills per set and her .271 hitting percentage is the third highest mark on the team among those with at least 10 attacks. Edie has started the last seven matches at setter and is 10th in the conference with 8.89 assists per set. Edie averaged 10.20 assists per set last weekend in Ole Miss' three matches at the Rebel Classic. Each of the three freshmen has been named to at least one all-tournament team this season.

Arkansas enters Friday's match coming off a 3-0 sweep of Saint Louis on Sept. 21. The Razorbacks are led by junior outside hitter Meredith Hays, who is third in the SEC with 4.15 kills per set. Senior Kara Morgan had 14 kills in the two teams' first meeting last season, and Clair recorded a career-high 14 kills in their second meeting.

The highly ranked Gators enter conference play riding a six-match winning streak. Florida notched three 3-0 sweeps last week over in-state rival No. 17 Florida State, Marquette and Milwaukee. Sophomore Â?iva Recek (3.64 kills per set) and senior Chloe Mann (3.58 kills per set) enter the week ranked sixth and eighth, respectively, in kills in the SEC.

For all Ole Miss volleyball news and information, including daily recaps, live stats and results, go to OleMissSports.com. Fans unable to attend Friday or Sunday's match will be able to watch the Rebels on WatchRebelVision.com. Fans can also follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissVB and on Facebook at Ole Miss Volleyball.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Blog
    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Aug. 25-31)

      Monday, September 1, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewAug. 25-31, 2014Football- No. 18 Ole Miss opened the 2014 season with a 35-13 win over Boise State in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Atlanta's Georgia Dome.- The Rebels led 7-6 entering the fourth quarter... read more

    • ESPN's Chucky Mullins Documentary to Debut Thursday

      Monday, September 1, 2014 - Football

      The SEC Storied documentary "It's Time," centered on the the inspirational friendship between former Vanderbilt football player Brad Gaines and former Ole Miss football player Chucky Mullins, will premiere on Tuesday on the Vanderbilt campus and will debut on... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House - Aug. 31

      Sunday, August 31, 2014 - Athletics

      This is a new concept we've created for the Ole Miss Sports Blog that we're calling Observations from the Best Seat in the House. The idea of this weekly feature will be to bring you all some of our observations... read more

    • What They're Saying: Ole Miss-Boise State

      Friday, August 29, 2014 - Football

      The No. 18 Ole Miss football team won the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game defeating Boise State 35-13. The Rebels move into Southeastern Conference next week with a road test at Vanderbilt from Nashville's LP Field, home of the Tennessee Titans. The... read more

    • 'The New Normal' on Defense

      Friday, August 29, 2014 - Football

      ATLANTA -- Boise State had been the highest scoring team in the nation, averaging 40.2 points per game dating back to the 2000 season.  Highlighted by four interceptions, eight tackles for loss and big hits by several different players, the... read more

    • Second-Half Surge for Rebel Offense

      Friday, August 29, 2014 - Football

      ATLANTA -- After an up-and-down first half, which included a touchdown and three interceptions, senior quarterback Bo Wallace and the Ole Miss offense found their stride in the second half, particularly in the fourth quarter. Leading 7-6 early in the... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-Boise State Motivational

      Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss vs Boise State Official Team Motivational '14 from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Three and Out: Keys to Ole Miss-Boise State

      Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Football

      Three areas to watch as Ole Miss opens its 2014 season in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against Boise State from Atlanta's Georgia Dome. Contrast in Experience Boise State has one of the youngest teams in the country with 67 freshmen... read more

    • Volleyball Opens Steven McRoberts Era

      Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - Volleyball

      Here are three pieces to keep in mind as we look ahead to the Ole Miss volleyball team's season-opening weekend in Buffalo, New York, starting with Canisius on Friday morning, the first of four matches over three days at the... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 1

      Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 1 (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Dome, Sweet Dome for Atlanta Area Rebels

      Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - Football

      For high school football players in Georgia, all roads lead to the Georgia Dome and the state championships.  For a handful of Rebels, those roads lead home, as Ole Miss opens the 2014 season against Boise State in the Chick-fil-A... read more

    • VIDEO: Forward Together Construction Update

      Monday, August 25, 2014 - Athletics

      read more

    • Relentless is the Word on Defense

      Sunday, August 24, 2014 - Football

      ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy asked each of the 65 coaches from the Power Five conferences to describe their team in one word.  Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze's word? Relentless. The same can be said of the Ole Miss defense.  And... read more

    • McCormick, Defense Shine in Win

      Sunday, August 24, 2014 - Soccer

      After playing 110 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Georgia on Friday night, Ole Miss responded with a gutsy 1-0 win over Iowa State on Sunday afternoon. The defense, led by senior goalkeeper Kelly McCormick was the story of the... read more

    • Rebels Battle to Draw on Historic Night

      Friday, August 22, 2014 -

      Big time crowd for @SECNetwork live sports event debut. Record attendance of 1,823 for @OleMissSoccer Let's finish strong.-- Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) August 23, 2014 Ole Miss kicked off the 2014 season in thrilling fashion, rallying to a 1-1 draw with... read more