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Bulldogs Fall To Rebels In Front Of Raucous Newell-Grissom

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The 1,633 fans in attendance are the more for a conference match in Mississippi State history and the second-largest overall.
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STARKVILLE, Miss. – In front of a raucous 1,633 fans in the Newell-Grissom Building Wednesday night, the Mississippi State volleyball team (11-14, 2-9) surrendered a four-set match to the Ole Miss Rebels (12-12, 2-9) to begin a four-match, two-week home stand.

The attendance figure is the largest during a conference match in Mississippi State history and the second-largest overall.

“I cannot thank the student body and fan base enough for their support tonight,” Bulldog head coach Jenny Hazelwood said. “Newell-Grissom was the loudest it has been in my five years here and one of the loudest I’ve been apart of in the SEC. Unfortunately we could not execute the way we needed to. We have two weeks at home and we have to learn how to handle our controllables before we can win consistently in this league.”

Ole Miss claimed the first set 25-20 but Mississippi State returned the favor in the second set. The Rebels would go on to claim the third and fourth sets to clinch the match.

The Bulldogs helped OM off to a hot start with five service errors in the first set alone but regrouped to hit .400 in the second frame. State made only five hitting errors in the first two sets combined but had seven and five attack errors in the third and fourth sets, respectively.

Freshman Kimmy Gardiner led the way for State with 17 kills, seven digs and a block, while senior Dani McCree trailed her with nine kills of her own. Taylor Scott and Alex Warren turned in eight and seven kills, respectively.

Defensively, Roxanne McVey led the way with 21 digs and Warren had a hand in four of MSU’s five blocks. Suzanne Horner notched 26 assists and Katlyn Mataya chased her with 17.

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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