OXFORD, Miss. -- On a night when the Ole Miss volleyball team honored lone senior Aubrey Edie, the Rebels sent their record-breaking setter out on a winning note, shutting out South Carolina 3-0 in front of a great crowd Friday night at The Pavilion at Ole Miss.
The Rebels closed out the season at The Pavilion 8-5 and set a school record season attendance mark with 10,006 fans as well as a record average attendance of 770. In 2017 they will return to the newly renovated Gillom Sports Center.
After celebrating her recording-breaking career in a pre-match ceremony, the Rebels made sure Edie would leave the court for the last time a winner, jumping on the Gamecocks early and finishing off their second sweep in SEC play.
The Rebels hit .353 in set one and held South Carolina to .103. Junior outside hitter Lexi Thompson paved the way with six kills on a .444 clip. Ole Miss used a 10-4 run to break open the set and never looked back, winning it 25-17 to take the early momentum.
Junior outside hitter Kate Gibson and Thompson combined for nine kills in set two as the Rebels hit .400 and kept the pressure on South Carolina. Leading by one, the Rebels went on a 9-0 run to blow it open 16-6. The Gamecocks never got closer than five as Ole Miss closed out the set 25-16 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
South Carolina came out of the break with a little more energy and took a 10-6 lead in set three, but the Rebels used a 10-4 run to regain the lead, 16-14. They never relinquished it again, winning 25-19 for the 3-0 final.