#10 - Ragan Freeze
Here is another key athlete that has been important to the Volleyball program. While she would like to spend some of her Saturdays field side watching and cheering her father lead the Ole Miss Football team to victory, normally she is inside the gym keeping points alive for the Oxford Volleyball team.
Ragan Freeze plays the libero position. Like I mentioned a couple years ago, libero literally means "free" in Italian. In Volleyball, the libero can freely sub without having to stop the game in between points. The libero can only sub for a back-row player in the rotation and can only do so for two spots on the rotation and can serve for one of the two spots. They also must wear a jersey different from the rest of the players (like a goalkeeper does for soccer).
Freeze, unlike her younger sister Jordan, is short. So playing on the front row is not a benefit. That's what helps her gain the libero position because it is just for back row players. Because she spent more time in the back row than anyone else, it is no surprise she led the team in digs last year with 374. When her sister is unable to set the ball up, Ragan is the one doing so, thus she finished second on the team in assists with 40 among those that played at least 25 sets during the season.
Ragan along with Maggee Hobson will lead this very experienced Volleyball team this year to hopefully deeper than the second round of the playoffs this season. Oxford is closing in on 20 years since they last won a Volleyball state title, and it was one of the first ones ever earned.