OXFORD, Miss. -- Ole Miss volleyball kicked off a big weekend in Oxford with a 3-1 win (25-21, 21-25, 25-13, 25-21) over Tennessee Friday night at the Gillom Sports Center in front of 812 fans. In the win, senior Nakeyta Clair broke the school record for total blocks and now has 388.
With the win, the Rebels improved to 18-5 overall and evened their record in the SEC to 4-4. Tennessee fell to 18-6 and 4-5 in the SEC.
Tennessee led 15-13 in the first set, when the Rebels went on a 6-1 run to take a 19-16 lead. Ole Miss went on to win the set 25-21.
The Rebels led 5-2 early in the second set, but the Vols used an 8-1 run to go up 10-6 forcing Ole Miss to call timeout. The Rebels tied it up at 17, but Tennessee won the next two points to go up 19-17. After a kill by Kate Gibson to pulled the Rebels within one (21-22), the Vols won the final three points to take the set, 25-21, and square the match 1-1.
Coming out of the break, the Rebels took control of the match, hitting .344 in the third set on their way to a 2-1 lead. The Rebels built a 10-6 lead and never looked back, winning 25-13 to put the Vols on their heels. The fourth set was a back and forth affair, with neither team holding more than a three-point lead. At 20-20, the Rebels won four consecutive points on kills from Lexi Thompson, Gibson and Kathryn Cather and a huge block at the net by Cather and Ty Laporte to go up 24-20. Tennessee erased one match point, but an attack error on the next play gave the Rebels the set 25-21 and the match, 3-1.