TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Paced by double-doubles from Kate Gibson and Lexi Thompson and a strong outing from All-SEC honoree Nakeyta Clair, the Ole Miss Volleyball team got their Thanksgiving road trip off to a rousing start Wednesday night with a 3-1 win against Alabama at Foster Auditorium.
The Rebels improved to 22-10 overall and 8-9 in the SEC and won their third straight against the Tide.
Alabama went on a 3-0 run to go up 12-9 in set one, as Ole Miss called timeout. Following the timeout, the Rebels went on a 7-2 run to take a 16-14 lead. The two teams traded points until Ole Miss gained two sets points up 24-22. The Tide used a 3-0 run to garner their first set point at 25-24 as the Rebels used their final timeout. The Rebels won two straight points to get another set point and then Nakeyta Clair and Lexi Thompson with the block handed the Rebels the set 27-25.
Ole Miss had a chance to go up 2-0 in the match, leading 24-19 in set two, but the Tide went on a 7-0 run to steal the set from the Rebels 26-24 and tie the match.
Set three started with both teams battling to 8-8, but then the Rebels went on a 5-1 run to go up 13-9. They led 16-11, before the Tide went on a 7-2 run to even the set at 18-18. Ole Miss gained multiple set points yet again with a 6-2 run for a 24-20 lead. After Alabama closed to within two, 24-22, an attack error by the Tide handed the Rebels the set 25-22 and a 2-1 lead in the match.
Last year both matches went five sets, but the Rebels made sure that wouldn't happen this time. They broke open a 6-6 tie with a 15-2 run to build a 21-8 lead. Alabama never got closer than five, as the Rebels close out the Tide 25-19 for the 3-1 win.
• Two players posted double-doubles. Lexi Thompson finished with 14 kills and 10 digs. Kate Gibson tallied 12 kills and 14 digs and had a team-high five blocks.
• Earlier in the day, senior Nakeyta Clair was named to the All-SEC Team for the second year in a row, and she turned an All-SEC performance with 13 kills on a .632 clip and only one error. She also had three blocks.
• Senior Ty Laporte posted eight kills and now needs six to record her 1,000th kill. She also added three blocks.
• Junior Aubrey Edie nearly had a double-double, finishing with 46 assists, nine digs and four blocks.
• Sophomore Taylor Alexander started her first match of the season and finished with five kills.
• Four players recorded double-digit digs, including junior Kristen Brashear, who posted 14 to move into fifth all-time at Ole Miss with 950. She has now posted double-digit digs in 16 of 17 SEC matches.
• The Rebels improved to 20-2 overall and 6-1 in the SEC when hitting above .200.
• With 22 wins, the Rebels can post the most wins since 2007 with a victory at Mississippi State on Friday.
The Rebels will travel to Starkville for the volleyball edition of the Egg Bowl Friday at 2 p.m. The match can be seen on SEC Network+.