Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Ole Miss Volleyball Begins SEC Play at South Carolina

With a 14-0 non-conference record in hand, the Ole Miss Volleyball team hits the road for the start of Southeastern Conference play this weekend. 
The Rebels travel to Columbia, South Carolina to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks Friday at 6 p.m. CT on the SEC Network, and then head to Gainesville, Florida to face No. 10 FloridaSunday.
Sunday’s match against the Gators will stream live on the SEC Network+ platform via WatchESPN.
• Ole Miss captured the Rebel Classic this past weekend, defeating Louisiana Tech (3-0), Samford (3-0), Lamar (3-0) and Jackson State (3-1) to improve to 14-0.
• The 14 wins equal last year’s win total (14-17). • Sophomore setter Aubrey Edie was named the Rebel Classic MVP, while junior middle blockers Nakeyta Clair and Ty Laporte joined her on the All-Tournament Team.
• At 14-0, the Rebels are the only undefeated team in the SEC and one of only nine in Division I.
• Lexi Thompson was named the SEC Freshman of the Week.
South Carolina leads the all-time series 25-14, including a 3-1 win last year. However, the Rebels have won five of the last seven. South Carolina enters the weekend at 10-2 on the season.  The Gamecocks have won seven straight matches, including sweeping The Citadel to win the Carolina Classic. The Gamecocks are led by freshman outside hitter Taylr McNeil, who is averaging 3.64 kills per set.  She hit a career-best .520 against the Citadel with just two attack errors.
The Gators lead the series 43-7. The Rebels’ last win in the series came in 1989, a 3-2 decision.  The two teams will face each other twice this season, with the Gators coming to Oxford on Nov. 21. Florida enters the start of SEC play 6-3 overall and ranked No. 10.  The Gators split their last two matches, losing to Marquette 3-2 and then defeating UCF 3-1. The Gators are led by sophomore Alex Holston, who comes into the weekend averaging 3.31 kills per set.
QUOTING COACH STEVEN McROBERTS… “It’s about to get ramped.  Everything we’ve doing this week is to prepare for South Carolina. Those who understand volleyball understand how good Florida is. They’re a top-10 program. They’ve been top-10 for years. It’s going to be a tough start for us. South Carolina is a lot like us in a building process. They’re going into the match with a couple of losses. It’s going to be an SEC Network game. There will be a lot of hype around it. We’re looking forward to the challenge.”
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Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports Information