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Volleyball Punches Ticket To The Big Dance

Volleyball Punches Ticket To The Big Dance

Rebels Earn Fourth NCAA Tournament Bid in Program History; Set to Take on Creighton

OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss women’s volleyball team has earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, for just the the fourth time in program history. The Rebs will travel to Omaha, Nebraska to play No. 14 Creighton on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. CT.

“We’re really excited,” said head coach Kayla Banwarth.

This team has worked really hard all year and we deserved what we got. We’re excited to keep playing, working and making more history.

Ole Miss VB head coach Kayla Banwarth

This marks the first NCAA tourney bid for the Rebels since 2010. It’s also the first for Coach Banwarth at Ole Miss.

Ole Miss finished with a 10-2 record, 21-8 overall, and tied for fifth in the SEC, en route to notching its first 20-win regular season since 2013.

The Rebels also picked up their first top-15 win since 2010, handing No. 15 Western Kentucky its first regular season loss since 2019, snapping a streak of 53 straight victories for the Hilltoppers. Ole Miss has been hot down the stretch to get into the tournament, winning seven of its last 10 matches.

Hotty Toddy!

(Photo credit: Petre Thomas, Ole Miss)

About The Author

Evelyn Van Pelt

Evelyn has covered sports for over two decades, beginning her journalism career as a sports writer for a newspaper in Austin, Texas. She attended Texas A&M and majored in English. Evelyn's love for Ole Miss began when her daughter Katie attended the university on a volleyball scholarship--and continued as she watched Katie receive three degrees from Ole Miss, culminating with her Pharm D. in 2012. Evelyn, a member of the FWAA, USBWA and the NCBWA, has covered Rebel sports for numerous outlets. In addition to working for The Rebel Walk, Evelyn is a sports writer for a newspaper in Texas.

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