OXFORD, ma’am. – Powered by long-time performances from Katie Corelli and Vivian Miller, Miss Volleyball Ole got her first win of the season at home, knocking out Alabama 3-1 on Friday night at the Gillom Center.
The Rebels’ youth (6-9, 2-3 SECOND) propelled the team past Alabama (6-11, 0-5 SECOND), as freshman Vivian Miller and sophomore Katie Corelli both scored 15 Highest homicide of his career. They are two of four Rebels with a double-digit kill count, joined by Sasha Ratliff and Anna Bair with 13 each. The reigning SEC freshman Cammy Niesen continued to shine, scoring her third straight game of over 20 digs, ending with a career-best 28 win.
It was a slow start for the Rebels, who went 7-2 early before head coach Kayla Banwarth called time out. Ole Miss was able to regroup, dragging Ratliff in round two on a 12-14 slide, but Alabama restored her lead to eight. Just when it looked like the Crimson Tide would run away in the set, Ole Miss coordinated a 10-1 run to take a 24-23 lead. The Rebels had a few chances to make the set, but Alabama managed to win by 27-25.
Alabama played strong in the second set in a row, holding the early advantage. The Rebels began attacking again, dropping two people into the media timeout, as Payton Brgoch and Vivian Miller came to life during that time period. Brgoch finished the set, taking out two of the last three lives as Ole Miss bounced back with a .344 clip to claim the second set, 25-20.
Ole Miss took the momentum into the third set to find the turning point of the match. One goal behind, Brgoch began an unanswered nine-point streak to double Alabama to 14-7. The insurgents seemed to be shooting at all the turrets as they began to run away in unison. Corelli and Ratliff dominated the final points, helping the rebels score five no-answers to claim the set, 25-15.
On the cusp of her first home win, Ole Miss found herself in a tight fourth set with 11 ties and eight lead changes. After both teams swapped points at the outset, the Rebels led 15-13 in the media timeout. Stepping out of the break, Tide found himself on 5-0 momentum to take the lead at 19-17, forcing Banwarth to call up time. Miller’s 15th game of the night tied the game in 21st place, and Sasha Ratliff took over, scoring the final four points, including slamming an overpass into the ground to win the match.
Rebels took part in a series of battles that swept Alabama on Saturday afternoon in Gillom. The match will be streamed on SECN+.