- #24 Kentucky def. Ole Miss 3-1, (26-28, 25-15, 25-22, 25-15)
- Kentucky moves to 20-6, 13-2 SEC, while Ole Miss falls to 15-12, 4-10 SEC
- Hosted by Ole Miss
Courtesy of Kentucky Athletics
Courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics
OXFORD, Miss. — Ole Miss volleyball fell to No. 24 Kentucky 3-1 (28-26, 16-25, 22-25, 15-25) on Dads and Daughters Day at The Pavilion at Ole Miss. Senior Setter Aubrey Edie notched her 11th double-double of the season, while junior outside hitter Lexi Thompson tallied 16 kills to lead the Rebels.
Ole Miss came out in set one to lead by six after several offensive errors by Kentucky and two blocks by junior middle blocker Taylor Alexander. The Rebels led 11-3 with a .400 hitting percentage, but the Wildcats pushed to close the gap with a six-point run forcing the Rebels to use their first timeout of the match. From there the first set went point for point until the Rebels closed it out at 28-26. Ole Miss and Kentucky finished the first set with almost identical statistics, both hitting above .200 with 4 blocks and 18 digs.
Ole Miss came out in the second set down 6-2 and couldn’t find a way to stop Kentucky’s middle as the score remained separated at 11-7. The Rebels used their first timeout of the set down 14-9, siding out at 61 percent to the Wildcat’s 89 percent. Kentucky went on an eight-point run to bring the score to 20-12. Sophomore Kathryn Cather entered the set at 22-15, her first appearance in almost a month due to injury, but the Wildcat’s took set two 25-16.
After the break, both teams came out to battle point for point as the score was tied at 5-5. Ole Miss spent the majority of the set down by three as Kentucky climbed from 10-7 to 14-11 to 17-14, but the Rebels came back with a 6-0 run to lead the third set for the first time at 18-17. Kentucky responded with a 6-3 run to take set three 25-22 on a .275 hitting percentage to Ole Miss’ .158 percentage.
The Rebels came out in the fourth set down 9-4 due to Kentucky’s pin hitters. Ole Miss called its first timeout of the set down 13-7 after back-to-back blocks by Kentucky. The Wildcat’s got to 20 first as the Rebels trailed by seven hitting .069 percent to Kentucky’s .296 percent. Ole Miss could not rally and dropped the match in the fourth set to Kentucky 25-15.
• Rebels fall to 15-12 overall and 4-10 in the SEC, while Kentucky improved to 20-16 overall and 13-2 in SEC play.
• The Rebels finished with a .099 hitting percentage while Kentucky finished with a .260 percentage.
• Junior outside hitter Lexi Thompson notched a team-high 16 kills. This marks 22nd match for her to record double-digit kills and the sixth match Thompson has recorded 16 or more kills.
• Junior outside hitter Kate Gibson notched 9 kills and 16 digs. Gibson fell one kill short of marking her 14th double-double of the season. Gibson has recorded double-digit kills in all matches but three this season.
• Senior setter Aubrey Edie finished with 33 assists and 10 digs for her 11th double-double of the season.
• Sophomore libero Caroline Adams recorded 18 digs. This marks the fifth time Adams has notched 18 or more digs in a match this season.
• Junior middle blocker Taylor Alexander notched eight kills and five blocks. This marks the sixth time she has recorded eight kills in a match this season.
Quoting Head Coach Steven McRoberts
“Our team is frustrated with losing a lot of opportunities this year to win matches. They know we can win more than we have and perform better than we have at times. We started the match off pretty well and when we won the first set, we thought we would have the momentum for the rest of the day, but it seemed like we went flat the rest of the match. It was similar to the Florida match here earlier in the year where we won a great first set and then struggled the rest of the way.
“From an offensive standpoint, it was tough to get anything going, they have a really good block, but there were times that we made it better than it needed to be. When you are playing a top team like Kentucky, you have to take advantage of the opportunities when they present themselves, and we had a difficult time doing that today. Credit Kentucky, that’s one of the reasons they are consistently one of the top teams in the conference. They will make you pay when you don’t take advantage of opportunities.”
Ole Miss will travel to Starkville to face Mississippi State on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. and then onto Athens to face Georgia on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. CT.
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