Oxford, Miss. In their season opener against No. 9 Georgia Tech, the Ole Miss Volleyball did not retreat, losing 3-1 on Friday night at the Guillom Center, which featured 16 draws and a lead change of 10. The Rebels were evenly matched with his team Yellow, who finished the Elite Eight appearances, scoring 24 or more points in each set.
Anna Bear When Samantha Schnitta Leading the attack, each scoring double-digit kills. Schnitta had his 14 kills, hitting at an efficient .417 rate, and Bear finished with 18. Sasha Ratliff Aggregating 3 blocks and 12 kills with a .474 attack percentage, she made her presence known at the net as well.Setter and Utah transfer Summer Daniel He led the offense with a career-high 47 assists and 17 digs to record his first career double-double. Unfortunately, the Rebels couldn’t find an answer for her Bergman over Georgia Tech All-American Julia, who had 33 kills in the match.
After dropping a few points right after the gate, Ole Miss calmly built an 8-4 lead and forced an early timeout for Yellow Jacket. From there, the rebels never looked back. Sophomore Julia Dice Junior Schnitta had a hot hand early on, leading Ole Miss with four kills each. The Rebels closed out a dominant first set with a 9-2 run to clinch a 25-13 victory in the first set of the 2022 season.
Georgia Tech responded in the second set, but it wasn’t easy for the Rebels. Both teams were pegged at 10 each, going back and forth and scoring in little bursts. The Yellow Jackets he managed to pull away at 22-17, and a 7-2 Ole Miss run put him back at 24 just as Georgia Tech seemed to have run away with the set. However, Yellow Jackets held the match to a draw.
The back-and-forth nature continued early in the third set before Georgia Tech took a 16-10 lead on a 7-0 run. Fighting from behind, the Rebels rattled off eight unanswered points, capped off by a thunderous kill from Ratliff. With a two-point lead, Georgia Tech won the set with a score of 28-26.
Two sets to one, Georgia Tech used the momentum to gain an advantage. Yellow his Jackets built up his 6–1 lead, forcing Bunworth and the Rebels to regroup. Ole Miss regained his composure and returned to the match, while Bair scored . The rebels pulled away at 22 and pressed again.
Schnitta kept the Rebels alive with a kill streak as the match ended. Ole Miss tried to push the match into the final set, but Georgia Tech scored his three unanswered points to end the match and ruin the upset for Rebels.
The Rebels are back in action on Sunday, closing out the Ole Miss Invitational against No. 17 Illinois at 1pm CT. Fans unable to attend can watch the game on SECN+.