Sunday, January 23, 2022

Ole Miss Volleyball Swept at No.22 Tennessee

In the Rebels’ fourth ranked matchup on the road this season, Ole Miss was unable to overcome Tennessee’s power on the outsides, falling 3-0 in Thompson-Bowling Arena Sunday afternoon.

Lauren Thompson powered Ole Miss (17-6, 6-6 SEC) behind a career-high 18 kills but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee (17-6, 9-4 SEC) hit at a high-powered .400 clip to snap a three-match losing streak. Two Rebels finished with double-digit digs as Riley Fischer added 13, while Kylee McLaughlin finished with 10 digs and 35 assists for her ninth double-double of the season.

An early 3-0 run in the first set by the Volunteers gave Tennessee a 5-3 lead as the Rebels worked to play catchup. A kill from the outside by Anna Bair put the Rebels within one, trailing 7-6 until a 4-0 Volunteer run extended their lead to 10-6. Ole Miss continued to fight back pulling within five at 21-16 but were unable to overcome the Vols, falling in set one 25-17.

Ole Miss struggled to cool off the red-hot Volunteers, as Tennessee began the second set on a 6-1 run. The Rebels worked to remain in the set by closing the gap to two, trailing 14-12. A 3-0 Rebel run allowed them to tie up the set for the first time at 15 all. After a Tennessee error, Ole Miss broke the tie to take its first lead of the set at 17-16. The two teams pushed each other back and forth being tied through 24, until the Vols took the last two points of the set to claim it 26-24 and go up 2-0.

The back and forth trend from the second set carried into the third, with both teams tied through seven all. Tennessee scored two straight points to go up 9-7 for its first lead of the set. It was all Tennessee until Ole Miss halted three straight Volunteer set points to come within four at 24-20. Yet, it wasn’t enough to extend the match as one final kill for the Vols allowed them to win the set 25-20 and the match 3-0. 

Ole Miss returns home to the confines of theĀ GillomĀ Center for a two-match series against LSU this upcoming Thursday through Friday (November 11-12) Both matches against the Tigers will be available to stream on SEC Network + at 6 p.m. CT.

Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports