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Volleyball falls in straight sets to Auburn

The Ole Miss Lady Rebels lost in straight sets, 3-0, to Auburn in their lone match this weekend on Sunday. With the loss, Ole Miss falls to 10-11, 4-8 in Southeastern Conference play.

Auburn traveled to Oxford to play Ole Miss on Sunday and left with a straight-set Southeastern Conference victory (25-16, 25-19, 25-19). Ole Miss (10-11, 4-8 SEC) could not stop Auburn (15-8, 6-7 SEC) senior outside hitter Sarah Bullock, who tallied 17 kills on 41 total attacks with 14 digs.
“My hat’s off to Auburn,” head coach Joe Getzin said. “They played a very good match they were very much in system the whole day. I don’t know if it’s the little bit of time off, we just did not click at all. When your setter is the leading attacker on the team, that means you have some issues.”
Senior setter Amanda Philpot led Ole Miss offensively with seven kills and 18 assists. Senior outside hitter Allegra Wells, who missed the previous weekend’s matches due to illness, had four kills on seven total attacks in the game.
“I just don’t think we came to play,” Philpot said. “We were here but weren’t playing our game at all.”
In what turned out to be a lopsided set, Auburn downed the Lady Rebels in set one, 25-16. The Rebels started the first set on fire, jumping out to a 6-2 lead, but the Tigers quickly recovered with runs of 6-0 and 5-0 in the set. Auburn dominated the kill category, 18-10, led by Bullock’s seven kills in the set. Senior setter Amanda Philpot and senior outside hitter Ashley Anderson both recorded three kills to lead Ole Miss.
A dismal start plagued Ole Miss in the second set, losing 25-19. Auburn jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and built a 12-4 lead. The Lady Rebels showed some fight, cutting the lead to 19-16, but it was not enough as the Tigers scored five of the last seven points to close out the set.
Ole Miss again had no answer for Auburn’s Bullock, who killed eight balls and recorded eight digs in the set. Philpot and Anderson led Ole Miss in kills with two apiece.
“They attacked very well today,” Getzin said. “We were just a step slow today.”
Like the first set, Ole Miss grabbed a quick lead in the third set, but Auburn again fought back to win the set 25-19. The Lady Rebels led 5-1 before the Tigers tied the set at 10 apiece. Auburn used three separate 4-0 runs to pull away from Ole Miss.
“We can’t expect to win games if we’re not playing defense or if we’re that inconsistent, Philpot said.”
Ole Miss hits the road for matches at Kentucky (15-8, 9-4 SEC) and LSU (10-13, 6-8 SEC) on Friday and Sunday, respectively.