Ole Miss volleyball extends winning streak with Rebel Classic win

Posted on Sep 6 2016 - 8:01am by Kirsten McGill
Kathryn Cather spikes ball during match against McNeese State Saturday. (Photo by Taylor Cook)

Kathryn Cather spikes ball during match against McNeese State Saturday The Ole Miss volleyball team remains undefeated. (Photo by Taylor Cook)

The Ole Miss volleyball team remains undefeated after their 10th consecutive regular season tournament win under Head Coach Steven McRoberts.

Aubrey Edie, a senior setter, broke the school record for career assists and was named tournament MVP. Edie also broke the single-season assists record with 1,322 in 2014. McRoberts said breaking the career assists record is a huge accomplishment for her.

“It’s an honor; I know there are some really good setters on that list,” Edie said. “All props to my hitters because they killed it tonight. They all played really well.”

Junior middle blocker Taylor Alexander and Kathryn Cather, a sophomore right side, made the All-Tournament team alongside Edie with a combined 61 kills between the two of them through the tournament.

The Rebels opened the tournament against UT-Arlington Friday night, losing in set one, but with some changes in defense and serving, the Rebels were able to come back and claim the following three sets.

Although the second game of the tournament got off to somewhat of a slow start, the Rebels managed to get their first sweep of the season. It took about five or six points for the Rebels to gain momentum back to dominate the rest of the match.

“They knew they weren’t playing with the energy and execution that we expect,” McRoberts said. “Taylor Alexander came out of the box playing really well and if not for her, we might not have gotten out of there in three.”

The Rebels did not let McNeese State get within the 20 points during any of the three sets.

Ole Miss ended the Rebel Classic tournament with a win against NC State Saturday night. This was the first game of the tournament to take five sets with the Rebels getting off to a slow start and losing the first two sets. The Rebels then won the last three sets of the match with a block by Edie and middle blocker Nayo Warnell to end the final set and give the Rebels the win.

“It is a good start for us. Another tournament win under our belt, so it is a good match to prepare us for SEC play,” Edie said.

The Ole Miss volleyball team will be heading to the Lipscomb Invitational in Nashville, Tennessee this weekend.