OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss volleyball team will play host to a pair of teams currently sitting in the top five of the Southeastern Conference standings on Friday and Sunday when it faces Georgia and No. 17 Kentucky.
The Rebels face Georgia at 6:00 p.m. CT on Friday at the Gillom Sports Center. Ole Miss’ match against Kentucky will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. It is the second time Ole Miss has faced each team this season.
“Georgia is a team that we went five (sets) at their place,” Ole Miss head coach Joe Getzin said. “Kentucky is a team that’s top-20 in the country and playing very well right now. The SEC (grind) continues.”
Friday is “Crazy About Kids” night at the Gillom Sports Center. Fans who print off the coupon from the Rebel Kids Club will get a free Ole Miss slinky. Kids can also get their picture taken with Rebel and fans that are not a part of the Rebel Kids Club will be able to sign up at a discount.
For Sunday’s match against Kentucky it will be “Sundaes on Sunday” as fans will be able to design their own ice cream treats outside of the Gillom Center.
Sophomore middle blocker Nakeyta Clair is averaging 2.52 kills per set in all matches, and a team-best 2.83 kills per set in conference action. Clair also leads Ole Miss with a .316 hitting percentage and a team-high 1.16 blocks per set.
Freshman right side hitter Melanie Crown and freshman setter Aubrey Edie have both seen their production increase in recent weeks. Crow is third on the team in all matches with 2.35 kills per set and is second on the team in SEC play with 2.73 kills per set. Edie notched two double-doubles one week ago and now has a team-high six this season while passing out 9.22 assists per set.
Ty Laporte will be looking for another strong performance against Georgia. The sophomore middle blocker from Irmo, S.C., had a season-high 15 kills against Georgia in Athens earlier this year, and her career-high 20 kills came last year as a freshman, also against Georgia. Laporte currently has a team-high 2.54 kills per set average and is second on the team in hitting percentage (.257) and blocks (0.82 blocks per set).
Ole Miss (13-13, 3-10 SEC) lost a heartbreaking 3-2 (15-25, 25-22, 25-27, 25-23, 9-15) match in Athens, Ga., on Oct. 6. Dating back to the 2009 season, Ole Miss and Georgia (18-8, 8-6 SEC) have split their past eight meetings 4-4. Behind a balanced UGA attack, four Bulldogs are averaging between 2.35 and 2.68 kills per set this season, led by senior outside hitter Brittany Northcutt. Defensively, Georgia senior libero Allison Summers leads the Bulldogs and is fifth in the SEC with 4.37 digs per set.
Ole Miss lost to Kentucky (18-6, 10-3 SEC) by a 3-0 count on Oct. 4 in the two teams’ first meeting in Lexington, Ky. The Wildcats enter the weekend ranked in the top five in the conference in hitting percentage (.257), opponent hitting percentage (.187), assists (12.90 per set), kills (13.90 per set) and blocks (2.53 per set). The Wildcats’ leader this season has been senior outside hitter Whitney Billings, who is sixth in the SEC with 3.55 kills per set, 16th with 2.75 digs per set, and also has been a menace at the net with 0.76 blocks per set.
For all Ole Miss volleyball news and information, including match recaps, stats and results, go to OleMissSports.com. Fans can also follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissVB and on Facebook at Ole Miss Volleyball.
Not only will Saturday's matchup between No. 4 Auburn and No. 7 Ole Miss feature the first-ever meeting of top-10 team in Oxford, but it will feature half of the top four of the College Football Playoff Top 25 rankings... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewOct. 20-26, 2014Football- Ole Miss took its first loss of the season with a 10-7 defeat to No. 23 LSU in Baton Rouge.- The Rebels held LSU to 10 points and created four turnovers (two... read more
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. I was able to travel... read more
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Ole Miss had its chances. The Ole Miss defense made seven points stand up for the better part of four quarters, forcing four turnovers and limiting LSU to just three points on its first three trips... read more
Three areas to watch as No. 3 Ole Miss travels to No. 23 LSU for an SEC West Showdown on Saturday. Stopping The Run Not just this year, but throughout head coach Les Miles' tenure, LSU's running game has been... read more
Ahead of a rivalry renewed on a national stage, complete with a visit of ESPN's "College GameDay" and the mystique of a Saturday night game in Death Valley, here's link roundup of videos and stories from local and national media... read more
Extra Emphasis on Special Teams Play Through the years, special teams play has provided a winning edge in the Ole Miss-LSU rivalry, and and you don't have to go all the way back to Billy Cannon's 1959 Halloween run. In... read more
Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze and LSU head coach Les Miles on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of Saturday's game in Baton Rouge.For the full SEC teleconference, go here.Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze (starts at 1:06:12... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewOct. 13-19, 2014Football- Ole Miss rode its dominant defense to a 34-3 homecoming win over Tennessee on Saturday to improve to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in Southeastern Conference play.- The Rebels are 7-0 for just... read more
It's Sunday, so that means it's time for this week's Observations from the Best Seat in the House. There was no shortage of observations surrounding the Homecoming festivities this weekend. Let's get into it:1. When "College GameDay" visits Baton Rouge,... read more
The winning formula revealed itself as it has throughout the season: a dominant defense and a mistake-free offense. The Ole Miss defense forced four turnovers, while the Ole Miss offense did not commit a single turnover in a workmanlike 34-3... read more
Three areas to watch as No. 3 Ole Miss faces Tennessee for Homecoming on Saturday.'Third Down for What'Tennessee is very dangerous, Ole Miss football head coach Hugh Freeze said, because its talented, particularly if it gets momentum and confidence during... read more