Alabama and Ole Miss battled through five hard-fought sets Sunday in Foster Auditorium, with the Crimson Tide coming out victorious over the Rebels, 3-2.
Alabama (12-9, 4-6 SEC) and Ole Miss (14-8, 6-5 SEC) split the first two sets, with the Crimson Tide taking the opener, 25-23, before falling to the Rebels in the second, 25-20. A 25-18 victory in the third gave Alabama a 2-1 match advantage but Ole Miss pulled through in a close fourth set, 25-22, to force a deciding fifth.
As a team, Alabama tallied a season-best 67 kills and stuffed 18 blocks, its second-highest total of the season.
With 17 kills and 11 digs, junior Doris Carter earned her fourth double-double of the season, while freshman Alyiah Wells earned her first boasting 15 kills and 11 blocks. The block total was a season high for the Memphis, Tenn., native. Senior Ginger Perinar added 14 kills on offense, one short of her season high, along with a career-best five blocks.
In the back row, freshman PG Garrison dug a season-high 15 balls and added a pair of service aces. Senior Kaylee Thomas led all players with 21 digs, putting her 39 away from 1,000 for her career.