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Trio of Rebels Named to SEC Soccer Preseason Watch List

2016 Soccer Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics Twitter: @OleMissPix
2016 Soccer
Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics
Twitter: @OleMissPix

Three Rebels – Addie Forbus, CeCe Kizer and Marnie Merritt – have been named to the 2016 SEC Soccer Preseason Watch List, the league announced Wednesday afternoon.

The preseason watch list, determined by submissions from each school, serves as the former Preseason All-SEC team in years past.

Forbus, a defending All-SEC performer, is back in 2016 for her senior campaign. She was one of six players to start every match last season, and finished her junior campaign ranked in the top-10 statistically in nearly every SEC offensive category. Paired with Kizer, the duo combined to score 25 goals as the fifth-highest scoring duo in the nation. Her 11 goals individually ranked tied for 11th in a single season in school history, and she also topped it off earning CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in the classroom.

Kizer, the 2015 SEC Freshman of the Year, returns for her sophomore campaign after earning First Team Freshman All-America honors according to TopDrawerSoccer. The Overland Park, Kansas native was dominant as the nation’s leading freshman scorer with 14 goals, which ranked third in the league and 18th in the NCAA. Her 14 scores were the eighth-most of any Rebel in a single-season, including the third-most by a freshman in program history.

Merritt, despite only entering her sophomore season on the field, returns as one of the most experienced in the SEC. She played 2,151 minutes in goal last season, fifth-most of any keeper in the nation, and allowed just 26 goals all season. She already ranks 10th in school history in career saves (93), and is seventh in career shutouts with nine.

Forbus, Kizer, Merritt, and the rest of the 2016 Rebels officially open the Ole Miss Sports 2016-17 season Friday night at 6 p.m. against Louisiana-Lafayette at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium.

Keep up with all the latest news and information on the Rebels by following Ole Miss Soccer on Twitter at @OleMissSoccer, on Facebook at Facebook.com/OleMissSoccer, and on Instagram at Instagram.com/officialolemisssoccer. Also follow head coach Matt Mott on Twitter at @CoachMattMott. Additionally fans can get a behind the scenes look at Ole Miss Athletics on Snapchat under the handle, @WeAreOleMiss.

Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports Information

Rebels Looking to #FIN1SH in 2016

Photo courtesy of Ole Miss Sports
Photo courtesy of Ole Miss Sports

On a board in Tad Smith Coliseum, where the Ole Miss volleyball team has been practicing in preparation for the 2016 season, are the words FIN1SH – Future is Now! One Team, One Goal.

After coming close to making the NCAA Tournament the first two years under head coach Steven McRoberts, the Rebels are hoping to not only put themselves in position for a berth late in the season, but to FIN1SH.

Nine players who saw action last year return including four starters. Leading the list of returning players is senior setter Aubrey Edie, who heads into the season needing just 275 assists to become the career record holder.

As the lone senior, Edie will rely on juniors Taylor Alexander, Kate Gibson and Lexi Thompson to provide additional leadership. The remaining 12 players are freshmen and sophomores. Several sophomores saw action in 2015 including right side Kathryn Cather, who made the SEC All-Freshman Team.

Competition in preseason practice has been fierce with the addition of the freshmen, several of whom boast state championships and All-America and All-State honors on their resumes.

Wednesday, the SEC announced the preseason SEC Coaches’ Poll and the preseason All-SEC Team. The league’s coaches picked Ole Miss to finish 12th, but in McRoberts’ first two years, the Rebels were picked 10th and eighth, respectively, and finished in the top half in the final standings.

“There are a lot of good teams in this conference, but the preseason poll the last two years has been wrong about us,” McRoberts said. “We have finished higher than where the other coaches voted us. I get to see the work and effort that our team puts in every day and I feel really good about us. We are going to keep putting our effort and energy into things that we can control and right now that is every day in practice. In nine days, we will be putting all of our focus on UC Davis. We have over a month before we need to worry about SEC play.”

The Rebels open the season Aug. 26 against UC Davis at the North Dakota Tournament.

For more information on Ole Miss Volleyball, follow the Rebels on Twitter, @OleMissVB, on Facebook at OleMissVolleyball and on Instagram at OleMissVB. Also follow Coach McRoberts on Twitter, @CoachMcRoberts.

Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports Information

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