OXFORD, Miss. -- It was home sweet home for the Ole Miss volleyball team Friday night, as the Rebels got back on the winning side with a 3-0 shutout of Georgia in front of 612 fans at the Gillom Sports Center. There was plenty of celebration Friday, including junior setter Aubrey Edie recording her 3,000th career assist in the first set.
With the win, the Rebels improved to 16-4 overall and 2-3 in the SEC, while Georgia fell to 5-10 and 0-3 in league play.
The first set was close throughout until late. With the Rebels leading 16-15, they used a 6-1 run to go up 22-16. Georgia never got closer than three, as the Rebels won it 25-21 to take the early 1-0 lead in the match.
Ole Miss came into the match 12-1 when winning set one and 12-0 when claiming set two. The Rebels built a 16-11 lead in set two, but the Bulldogs used a 5-1 run to close to within one, 17-16. Ole Miss won the next two points to make it 19-16, but Georgia answered, tying it at 19. A couple of errors allowed the Bulldogs to stay close, but Lexi Thompson, who sealed the first set, stepped up again to close out the second 25-23 as the Rebels took a 2-0 lead.
In set three, the Rebels started off with a 4-1 lead and never trailed on their way to a 25-20 win and their first shutout of the year in SEC play and second straight against Georgia.
• The Rebels posted their second straight win against Georgia and second consecutive shutout against the Bulldogs.
• The Rebels improved to 16-1 when hitting above .200, as they finished at .248. Ole Miss held Georgia to just .151 on the night.
• Ole Miss leads the league in service aces per set, and they notched seven against Georgia.
• Aubrey Edie passed out 30 assists and became the second Rebel in school history to reach 3,000 career assists.
• Senior Nakeyta Clair posted 11 kills and had five blocks. She now needs just nine to break the total blocks record (383) held by Regina Thomas.
• Lexi Thompson added 10 kills and had two service aces.
• Senior Ty Laporte hit .615 with nine kills. She has now hit above .300 in 16 of the first 20 matches and has hit above .500 in three straight matches four of the last six.
• Junior Kristen Brashear tallied 20 digs to move up to ninth all-time in career digs with 759.
• Ole Miss and Georgia will meet again on Oct. 28 in Athens for a nationally-televised match on ESPNU at 8 p.m. CT.
The Rebels are off Sunday and return to action Oct. 16 at Missouri.