The Ole Miss Lady Rebel volleyball team will take a five-game losing streak on the road this weekend to play Mississippi State and Arkansas. Earlier this season, at home, Ole Miss defeated Mississippi State 3-1 and lost a four-set match to Arkansas. This past weekend, the Lady Rebels were swept in matches against Tennessee and Florida.
“We took two on the chin this last week,” head coach Joe Getzin said in his weekly press conference of losses to Tennessee and Florida. “Where we are in the season, I was proud of the team’s competitiveness and the fight that they showed on Sunday.”
With the recent slump, Ole Miss will turn its attention to in-state rival Mississippi State. The Bulldogs have not won an SEC game all season, managing to win only five sets in conference play.
“While they’re not doing well, it’s never as easy as that,” Getzin said. “They always have a good crowd for us. With their coach being from State, they’ll play well. I guarantee that.”
Senior outside hitter Jasmine Norton leads Arkansas in kills with 368 total and 3.64 per set, and senior outside hitter Roslandy Acosta is second on the team with 295 kills.
“I think the biggest thing is getting the right matchups,” Getzin said. “Right now, our freshmen middles are as good as anyone in the league. If we can handle our first contact and get the balls to the middles, we cause them some defensive problems. We just need a player or two to step up.”
Ole Miss plays in Starkville Friday at 7 p.m. and travels to Fayetteville, Ark. on Sunday. First serve against Arkansas is set for 1:30 p.m.
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