By Raegan Cohn
Friday night, Ole Miss played their first conference match of the season versus the Alabama Crimson Tide on their new court. The Rebels took the win 3-0, making this their fifth consecutive win against the Tide. Playing without Sasha Ratliff, an All-SEC middle blocker, at first seemed challenging until sophomore Vivian Miller took it upon herself to lead the Rebels to victory. Miller put up a stunning 13 kills and 26 attacks.
In the first set, Ole Miss got off to a hot start, leading the Tide 7-3. After a needed timeout, Alabama picked up the pace. They edged ahead of the Rebels 17-16. Ole Miss Coach Bre Henry, not a fan of how her team was playing, called a timeout to help get momentum back. The Rebels capitalized on two errors by the Tide, securing victory in the first set 25-20.
The exciting momentum carried into the second set for the Rebels. Ole Miss put up 12 kills, outscoring the Tide 25-17.
During the final set, Ole Miss eased to a 25-18 victory. Julia Dyess scored the final point of the night on an assist from Daniel Sommer. The Rebels managed to put up 55 points, 41 kills, 4 aces, 10 blocks, 37 assists, and 51 digs while holding the Tide to a season-low hitting percentage of .084.
The Rebels now stand 7-5 with one conference win. They will face another conference opponent, No. 24 Auburn, on September 24 at 2 p.m. on the road.