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Bulldogs, Rebels Renew Rivalry On ESPNU Wednesday Night In Starkville

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Sophomore libero Roxanne McVey recorded her 1,000th-career dig against Alabama Friday night.
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STARKVILLE, Miss. – For the 80th meeting on the volleyball court between the two schools, Mississippi State (11-13, 2-8) is set to renew its rivalry with the Ole Miss Rebels (11-12, 1-9) Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in the Newell-Grissom Building.

Admission to the match is free and the first 300 students in attendance will receive a free Adidas t-shirt or a free Hail State soft cooler. One lucky student will be chosen to compete in the $10,000 Perfect Serve Challenge and a host of other prizes will be given away.

Hail State Rewards will also be offering its first “Prize Pickup” of the semester as well as offering two Hail State Reward points to students in attendance. To check your Hail State Rewards points, visit HailState.com/rewards.

The match will also be broadcast nationally on ESPNU and will be available via WatchESPN.com.

“Rivalries are always exciting and mean a lot to each program,” fifth-year Bulldog head coach Jenny Hazelwood said. “Our players understand the importance of this match and are ready to play. We are thrilled to have ESPNU here and ready for our student section to show the country why Mississippi State has the best fans in America.”

Sophomore libero Roxanne McVey recorded her 1,000th-career dig against Alabama Friday night. The defensive standout broke the Southeastern Conference digs per set record a season ago with 5.64 and is just off that pace this season.

On the offensive side of the ball, freshman Kimmy Gardiner has taken the conference by storm and leads all SEC non-seniors with 4.03 kills per set and 4.57 points per set. Gardiner also leads all SEC freshmen with 10 double-doubles, which ties for third-most nationally among NCAA freshmen.

The Bulldogs will remain at home for a Friday-night fight with Texas A&M (11-10, 3-7) at 7 p.m. MSU and TAMU met earlier this season in College Station with the Aggies taking a three-set victory.

Fans can follow the Mississippi State volleyball program on Twitter @HailStateVB, Instagram @HailStateVB and Facebook at facebook.com/HailStateVB.


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