ATHENS, Ga. -- A win is a win, especially on the road in the SEC. The Ole Miss volleyball team didn't always look pretty Wednesday against Georgia, but the Rebels found a way to get the job done 3-1 (27-25, 12-25, 25-20, 25-20) here at the Ramsey Center in a nationally-televised match on ESPNU.
With the win, the Rebels improved to 19-6 overall and 5-5 in the SEC, while also grabbing their second conference road win. Georgia dropped to 5-16 overall and 0-9 in league play.
At 7-7 in the first set, Georgia used a 5-1 run to go up 12-8, and the Rebels called their first timeout. Still trailing by four, the Rebels won three straight points to cut into the lead, 18-17, forcing a Georgia timeout. Both teams then traded points, but the Rebels trailed 20-21, before winning two straight points to regain the lead, 22-21 and cause the Bulldogs to use their final timeout. The Rebels had two set points at 24-22, but the Bulldogs tied it up on an ace. Aubrey Edie gave the Rebels another set point, but Georgia answered again. Senior Ty Laporte stepped up with a huge kill down the middle, and then Nakeyta Clair and Kathryn Cather ended the next rally with a big block on the fourth set point for 27-25 and a 1-0 lead in the match.
Set two was all Georgia, as the Bulldogs jumped out to a 9-3 lead before Ole Miss called timeout. The Rebels never got a foot in the set, dropping it 25-12 after hitting just -.037 to Georgia's .458.
Georgia came out of the break much like they left off in the second set, racing out to a 10-3 lead. They led 16-10, before the Rebels went on a 15-4 run to close out the set 25-20 and take a 2-1 lead in the match.
With momentum on their side, the Rebels jumped out to a 5-0 lead in set four and led by eight half way through the set. Georgia cut the lead in half (17-13) as Ole Miss called timeout. The Bulldogs got to within one, 17-16, but the Rebels won four straight points to pull ahead 20-17, including another strong kill by Laporte and a big block by Clair and Kate Gibson, forcing the Bulldogs to use their final timeout. The Bulldogs got as close as 22-20, but the Rebels won the final three points to close out their third win in the last four matches.
• Ole Miss has now won three straight against Georgia.
• Senior Nakeyta Clair added another record to her career. In the first set, she became the school record holder in block assists with 309 currently. Clair now holds all three career blocking records at Ole Miss. She finished with a season-high seven blocks.
• The Rebels won their first match this year when hitting below .200. They finished the match at .139.
• Ole Miss continues to improve in their blocking, finishing with 11 team blocks.
• Senior Ty Laporte led the Rebels with 12 kills on a .333 clip.
• Sophomore Lexi Thompson finished with 11 kills and six digs.
• Junior Aubrey Edie passed out 33 assists and had seven kills on a .357 percentage. She also posted eight digs and four blocks.
• Junior Kristen Brashear totaled 14 digs, four services and six assists. It marks the ninth time in the last 10 matches for her to record double-digit digs.
The Rebels are back on the road Sunday at South Carolina in the second of two meetings this year. Ole Miss defeated the Gamecocks 3-1 in the earlier meeting on Oct. 2. The match begins at 12 p.m. CT and can be seen on SEC Network+ via the WatchESPN app.