OXFORD, Miss. -- Ole Miss volleyball captured a big victory over Tennessee in front of a big crowd on Kids Day at the Pavilion at Ole Miss. The Rebels took their first shutout victory of conference play (25-19, 25-23, 26-24), while junior Kate Gibson broke the single season kills record.
Ole Miss broke a single match attendance record with 3,775 and it also marked the largest crowd ever to attend a volleyball match in the state of Mississippi.
The Rebels went point for point early in set one against the Vols, but pushed to separate the score two different times by seven points, once at 17-10 and then again at 21-14. Junior outside hitter Kate Gibson notched four kills on a .400 hitting percentage. As a team, Ole Miss hit .273 with a 64 percent sideout percentage on a 25-19 victory.
Ole Miss mirrored the first set as they came out in the second to lead Tennessee by five at two different points, once at 7-2 and then again at 15-10. The Rebels got their two middles involved to keep the score separated as junior Taylor Alexander and freshman Nayo Warnell averaged a .587 hitting percentage. Gibson used this set to break the school's single season record in kills, now with 376. The Vols were able to fight their way back in it, but the Rebels took the set 25-23 with a .359 hitting percentage.
After the break, both teams came out again to battle point for point in the third set as the score stayed tied up until Ole Miss pushed to be the first to separate by two at 18-16. Tennessee then responded to take the lead at 24-20 on a .244 hitting percentage to Ole Miss' .319 clip. Alexander and Gibson responded for the Rebels with kills to tie the score at 24-24 and bring momentum to the team as they won their first shutout match in SEC play 26-24.
• Rebels improved to 15-11 overall and 4-9 in the SEC, while Tennessee fell to 15-11 overall and 5-8 in SEC play.
• Ole Miss set a single match attendance record with 3,775. It also marks the largest crowd ever to attend a volleyball match in the state of Mississippi.
• The Rebels finished with a .319 hitting percentage, their highest in conference play, while Tennessee finished at .268.
• Junior outside hitter Kate Gibson broke the single season record with 376 total kills to date.
• Gibson tallied three services aces, tying her career high for the third time.
• Junior outside hitter Lexi Thompson notched her 17th double-double of the season with 16 kills and 10 digs. This marks the 21st match of the season for Thompson to have double-digit kills.
• Gibson notched 16 kills and 13 digs marking her 13th double-double of the season. Gibson has recorded double-digit kills in all matches but two this season.
• Senior setter Aubrey Edie finished with 41 assists and 13 digs for her 10th double-double of the season.
Ole Miss will face Kentucky Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at The Pavilion at Ole Miss.