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VB swept in two home matches 

The Ole Miss Lady Rebels failed to win a set this weekend, dropping two home games to the Tennessee Volunteers and the Florida Gators.

In dominating fashion, the Tennessee Lady Vols defeated the Ole Miss Lady Rebels in straight sets (25-15, 25-18, 25-19).
“I thought we got outplayed by an obviously good Tennessee team,” head coach Joe Getzin said. “I just don’t think we did a good job responding to their level of play.”
For the Lady Vols (18-6, 11-4 Southeastern Conference), junior outside hitter Kelsey Robinson led in kills with 12 and sophomore setter Mary Pollmiller recorded 35 assists. Three Tennessee players eclipsed double figures in digs, led by junior defensive specialist Ellen Mullins with 15, followed by Robinson with 11 and Pollmiller with 10.
“They’re a big physical team,” Getzin said. “They touch a lot of balls, they dig a lot of balls, and I think our hitters just got frustrated with that.”
The Lady Vols trailed Ole Miss (10-14, 4-11 SEC) only once in the first set, 6-5, before dominating the rest of the set to win 25-15. When the Lady Rebels had the lead, Tennessee used a 6-0 run to retake and extend the lead. Ole Miss was not able to string together a run more than two points in the set.
In almost an exact replica of the first set, the Lady Vols fought off an early Ole Miss lead to win the set 25-18. Down 7-6, Tennessee grabbed control of the set with 11 of the next 13 points.
Ole Miss stayed in the third set early on, but Tennessee proved to be too much for the Lady Rebels. The set was tied 9-9 when the Lady Vols used an 8-0 run to extend the lead to 17-9. Ole Miss cut the lead to four at 18-14, but Tennessee scored the next six points to put it away 25-19.
Freshman middle blocker Nakeyta Clair led Ole Miss with eight kills and junior outside hitter Kara Morgan was second on the team with seven. Senior setter Amanda Philpot recorded 26 assists and sophomore defensive specialist Rachael McLamore and senior libber Ashley Veach each had eight digs to lead the team.
“Obviously it’s frustrating to everyone involved,” Getzin said. “You’re in working hard just like everyone else and the results aren’t there. I think there’s some frustration, but that’s what the coaching staff has got to do: keep them going forward.”
The struggles continued for the Ole Miss Lady Rebels on Sunday, dropping another straight-set loss, this time to the Southeastern Conference-leading Florida Gators (25-22, 25-22, 25-17).
“I’m proud of the way the kids competed today,” head coach Joe Getzin said. “It’s something we’ve been talking about is competing, and I thought they did that well.”
Redshirt freshman middle blocker Ty Laporte led the Lady Rebels (10-15, 4-12 SEC) with 10 kills and junior outside hitter Kara Morgan added seven of her own. Senior setter Amanda Philpot was first on the team with 26 assists and 11 digs.
Florida (21-4, 15-1 SEC) won what turned out to be an exciting set, 25-22, over the Lady Rebels. The Gators tried to pull away multiple times throughout the set, but Ole Miss continued to hang around. The Lady Rebels owned a 22-20 lead late, but Florida scored the final five points to take the set.
Ole Miss battled back from being down 17-11 to tie the second set, 19-19, but the Gators rebounded and won the set 25-22. The Lady Rebels scored nine of 12 points during their run, but Florida matched it, finishing off the set scoring five of the final seven points.
“I think we just didn’t make a couple plays we needed to make down the stretch,” Getzin said about the close finishes in the first two sets. “To get to that point we had to fight and claw. Little bit of a letdown, and it’s just finishing it out.”
Florida owned the middle and the end of the third set to claim the match with a 25-17 set win. Tied 10-10, the Gators scored nine of the 12 points to stretch the lead to 19-13, then finished off the Lady Rebels scoring the final five of six points.
“If we can build on what we accomplished today, kind of move forward with that, I think good things will happen,” Getzin said.
Ole Miss hits the road for its final road trip with matches against Mississippi State on Friday and Arkansas on Sunday.
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