After racing out to a 9-1-1 start to the season and scoring goals in bunches, the soccer team finished the season losing four of their last seven, with draws against Auburn and Mississippi State and a win over LSU. They then lost to Arkansas in the first round of the SEC tournament, placing them square on the bubble for an at-large bid to the NCAAs.
The team is 38th in the RPI, but they lack a signature win (their best win was at Memphis, 46th in the RPI). In their favor, however, they don’t have any bad losses. All White Kit’s Chris Henderson currently has them as the first team out. They’ll learn their fate when the field is selected on Monday. The selection show will be live-streamed on NCAA.com.
Should the Rebel footballers move on, keep an eye on star midfielder CeCe Kizer. She picked up an ankle injury in the season finale against Alabama. She played in the SEC tournament loss to Arkansas, but clearly was not at 100 percent. It will be tough to create any offense without her at her best.
In better news, Kizer was named First Team All-SEC after scoring 17 goals and adding seven assists in her stellar junior campaign. Channing Foster was named to the second team and the All-Freshman team after a strong debut season in which she scored 12 times.
Volleyball is struggling, but the outlook isn’t totally bleak.
The volleyball team is on a skid of their own, as they’ve lost six of their last eight matches. They’re currently sitting at 5-7 in SEC play after starting 3-1. On the positive side, their next three matches are against Mississippi State, Georgia, and Texas A&M, all three of whom the Rebels have already beaten this season.
Getting back on track with three wins would go a long way toward improving their not-so-nice 69th spot in the RPI. Senior Kate Gibson posted the first triple-double for the Rebels since 2012 in their last match against Arkansas, and they’ll need her to continue her strong play if they want a chance at the NCAAs.
Ole Miss is a golf school now — always has been.
With Braden Thornberry winning the men’s NCAA individual title last season and now the women’s team winning three straight tournaments this fall, It’s safe to say Ole Miss is a golf school now. After winning the Magnolia Invitational back on Oct. 3, the Rebels won the Palmetto Invitational on Oct. 24, with junior Diane Lim taking the individual title, and followed that up by winning the Rainbow Wahine Invitational on Wednesday.
Not a bad way to close out the fall season.
Their spring season begins Feb. 26, 2018 at the Rebel Beach Invitational in Las Vegas.