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Volleyball hosts in-state rival in home opener

The Lady Rebels hope to avoid a repeat of last year’s Southeastern Conference start after two losses this past weekend. Ole Miss started SEC play last year with a dismal 1-9 record.
Addison Dent

After disappointing road trips to Southeastern Conference newcomers Texas A&M and Missouri, the Lady Rebels (6-5, 0-2 SEC) look for their first conference win when they take on in-state rival Mississippi State (4-7, 0-2) tonight at 7 p.m. at the Gillom Sports Center. 
“Obviously it’s good to play at home,” Ole Miss head coach Joe Getzin said. “We’re looking forward to hosting a more familiar foe.”
Junior outside hitter Kara Morgan and senior outside hitter Allegra Wells continue to lead the Lady Rebels’ attack with 132 and 114 kills, respectively. Morgan recorded double-digit kills in both SEC matches last weekend. 
Mississippi State comes to Oxford also seeking its first SEC win. Their victories this season include wins over Jackson State, Louisiana-Monroe, Sam Houston State and Tulane. The Bulldogs dropped their first two SEC matches to Auburn, 3-0, and Georgia, 3-1.  
A trio of freshmen leads Mississippi State on the offensive and defensive side of the net. Outside hitter Taylor Scott leads Mississippi State in kills with 125, followed by middle blocker Sarah Nielsen with 118. On the defensive side, libero Roxanne McVey has recorded 240 digs — which ranks first in the SEC — averaging 5.85 a set. 
“I think we’re fighting for state bragging rights, and, you know, the records get thrown out,” Getzin said. “The key for us is what we’ve been preaching all year, is our side of the net and not getting caught up in the emotion of that match; using our home court to balance that, and execution.”
TV game added
The Ole Miss-LSU match on Nov. 4 has been picked up by Cox television. The match is set to begin at 3 p.m. in Baton Rouge. This is the only match between the two teams this season. 
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