Ole Miss Volleyball Falls To Kentucky
The Ole Miss Rebels volleyball team fell at home Friday night to Kentucky 3-0 (17-25, 18-25, 19-25) in a match in which the Wildcats hit at an impressive .548 clip. The loss was Ole Miss' (8-7, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) first at the Gillom Sports Center this season.
OXFORD, Miss. – After spending the last two weeks at home in the friendly confines of the Gillom Sports Center, the Ole Miss volleyball team will hit the road this weekend with matches at Kentucky and LSU.
Ole Miss (10-11, 4-8 Southeastern Conference) will face Kentucky (15-8, 9-4 SEC) on Friday at 6 p.m. CT. The Rebels will then take on LSU at 3 p.m. CT on Sunday, with the match being televised by Cox.
The Rebels will be facing a tough Kentucky team for the second time this season. Ole Miss fell 3-0 (17-25, 18-25, 19-25) to Kentucky in the two teams’ first meeting on Oct. 5. Ole Miss will be looking for its second win at Memorial Coliseum over the last three seasons. The Rebels swept UK 3-0 in 2010.
“When Kentucky was here I thought they played a very good match,” Ole Miss head coach Joe Getzin said. “How we can stop that a little bit is by changing some of our matchups. I don’t think we matched up well against them so I think we’ll try to match things up a little differently. We’ve got to respond to what they bring. Obviously, they’re a very good team.”
The Rebels will head south after Friday’s match to Baton Rouge, La., to take on the LSU Tigers. It will be the first matchup of the season between the two schools. Ole Miss won the two teams’ last meeting Oct. 23 of last season, a five-set thriller where the Rebels staved off six match points in the fourth set.
“It’s always a good match between (LSU and Ole Miss),” Getzin said. “They’re a team that is similar to Georgia and Auburn. They’re a very scrappy team. They’ll bring it from the beginning. Physically, we match up OK with them, it’s just a matter of us being able to hang in there long enough to have a game plan work for us.”
Ole Miss has been led offensively this season by junior outside hitter Kara Morgan, who is averaging 3.18 kills per set. Senior setter Amanda Philpot is passing out 9.08 assists per set, and defensively, senior libero Ashley Veach is fourth in the SEC with 4.44 digs per set.
The Rebels have had great production from its freshmen of late. In the last five matches, two of Ole Miss’ top three kill leaders are freshmen, with Ty Laporte (50 kills) just three kills behind Morgan. Similarly, the top two Rebels in blocks over the last five matches are freshmen, including Nakeyta Clair, who has led Ole Miss with 18.0 total blocks in the last five matches.
The Wildcats enter Friday’s match as winners of nine of their last 11 matches, including five 3-0 sweeps. UK won each of its two road matches last weekend over Tennessee and Georgia. Kentucky senior setter Christine Hartmann has been named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week in two of the last three weeks, and is third in the SEC with 10.75 assists per set.
LSU plays just one match this week. The Tigers have split its matches for six straight weekends in SEC action. LSU has been led offensively by Desiree Elliott (3.58 kills per set) and Madie Jones (3.56 kills per set), who each rank in the top 10 in kills in the SEC. LSU senior libero Meghan Mannari is currently second in the league with 4.83 digs per set.
For all Ole Miss volleyball news and information, including live stats, recaps and results, go to OleMissSports.com. Follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissVB and go to Facebook at Ole Miss Volleyball.
Ole Miss celebrated one of the most successful years in school history. The women's basketball team saw its season come to an end in the Sweet 16 of the Postseason WNIT. The football team continued spring practice, and we're now... read more
The SEC Network will air every SEC spring football game with multiple viewing opportunities on both television and the network's digital platforms. All 12 spring football games will be carried live and in full on SEC Network + with additional... read more
Through the first seven spring practices, or three weeks since the start of spring practice on March 3, there does not appear to be any separation between sophomores Ryan Buchanan and DeVante Kincade and junior college transfer Chad Kelly. Whether... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review March 17-23, 2015 Men's Basketball - Ole Miss scored 62 second-half points to overcome a 17-point halftime deficit, rallying past 11th-seeded BYU 94-90 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday. -... read more
The men's basketball team saw its run in the NCAA Tournament come to an end in the Round of 64 after a thrilling win in the First Four. The women's basketball team won two postseason WNIT games to continue its... read more
Junior left-hander Christian Trent and sophomore right-hander Brady Bramlett picked up quality starts on the mound, and the offensive provided some timely hits, which proved to be a winning formula as Ole Miss claimed the weekend series over No. 1... read more
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A four-year starter at point guard, one of the most accomplished players in program history, senior Jarvis Summers saw his Ole Miss career come to an end, as did four of his fellow seniors in LaDarius White,... read more
From his five years at Cincinnati, three as an assistant coach and one each as associate head coach and interim head coach, head coach Andy Kennedy knows and has experienced the Xavier program first hand, having coached against the Musketeers... read more
Ole Miss has gone through a two-day turn twice, as well as a one-day turn when the Rebels played No. 23 Creighton and Cincinnati in back-to-back days at the Emerald Coast Classic, but they haven't gone through a turn quite... read more
Giant Killers come in many different shapes and forms in the NCAA Tournament. They are not just your teams from smaller and mid-major conferences, but also your lower-seeded power-conference teams. As defined by ESPN's Peter Keating and Jordan Brenner, Giants Killers... read more
March Madness reigned in Dayton, as 11th-seeded Ole Miss scored 62 second-half points to overcome a 17-point halftime deficit, rallying past 11th-seeded BYU 94-90 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday. The nation watched, and they reacted to... read more