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Rebels fall in sweep to No. 21 Kentucky

Ole Miss volleyball had a great crowd (815) for Dad and Daughter Day at the Gillom Sports Center Sunday, but the Rebels ran up against the top team in the Southeastern Conference, No. 21 Kentucky, and dropped a 3-0 (20-25, 18-25, 23-25) decision.

With the loss, the Rebels are now 18-6 overall and 4-5 in the SEC with a road trip coming up at Georgia Wednesday. Kentucky improved to 15-6 and 8-1 in league play.

The Rebels came out and battled the Wildcats to a 15-15 tie in the first set, but then Kentucky went on a 10-5 run to close out the first set 25-20. Ole Miss fell behind 10-5 early in the second set and couldn’t mount a comeback, falling 25-18, as the Wildcats went into intermission up 2-0.

After the break, the Rebels came out and tried to extend the match, as the two teams traded points early. Kentucky led 10-7, but after an Ole Miss timeout, the Rebels went on a 5-1 run to go up 12-11. Late in the set, the Rebels gained a 23-21 lead, but Kentucky closed on a four-point run to seal the match.