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Ole Miss soccer is a perennial favorite in the SEC West, and young boys and girls can learn the sport and/or refine their games when the Rebels host the annual Ole Miss Soccer Co-ed camp July 27-30.

All sessions will be conducted at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium, and the camp fee is $100.

You can register both boys and girls online at olemisssoccercamp.com or by contacting the soccer office by phone at 662-915-1524 or e-mail at soccer@olemiss.edu.

Week less to wait

During the offseason, the NCAA changed the start date for collegiate soccer, allowing teams to begin their 2008 seasons August 22 instead of August 29.

The Rebels will travel to Birmingham to face Samford August 16 in an exhibition match before opening their season on the road at Western Kentucky on the 22nd.

"The NCAA made the change and sent 300 schools trying to find earlier opponents," coach Steve Holeman said. "We were able to work something out with Western Kentucky. It is good competition to start the season."

Ole Miss opens its home schedule against a pair of Conference USA foes when Memphis visits Friday Sept. 5 and Southern Miss treks to Oxford Sunday Sept. 7.

The Rebels finished spring ball 8-1-1, including a 3-0 record against SEC competition. Ole Miss blanked Mississippi State (6-0), Alabama (2-0) and Vanderbilt (2-0) by a combined score of 10-0.

Rule change

Soccer isn't the only sport being tinkered with, as the NCAA has switched the point total necessary to win a volleyball game from 30 to 25 in an effort to shorten the matches.

Teams must win 3-out-of-5 games to triumph in a college volleyball match. Games one-through-four will now last until a squad secures 25 points and is ahead by two. The fifth game, if necessary, is over when a team reaches 15 points and wins by two.

"We're adjusting to the 25 point rule change where you only play to 25 points," coach Joe Getzin said. "The change makes the game much faster and brings a higher level of intensity to the game."

The Rebels, which have participated in back-to-back NCAA Tournaments, scorched spring play with a 19-4 record and will begin their season August 29 with three games hosted by UW-Milwaukee.

The home schedule starts Sept. 12 with the annual Magnolia Invitational. Eastern Illinois, SMU and Georgia Tech will be participating.

Baseball quick hits

Due to stadium renovations, fall ball will be on the road this year. Ole Miss will conduct practices and intrasquads at Oxford High School.

Yogi Gunther, Garrett Duff and Sean Stuyverson have been confirmed as players not returning next season. There may be others, but the coaching staff has verified these three.

Tim Ferguson and Jake Morgan have both left their respective summer teams and are rehabbing injuries. Ferguson is nursing a labrum injury that is expected to be fully repaired by fall camp, however, the rising sophomore can hit even if not 100 percent.

Morgan will rehab his elbow injury three-to-five more weeks before being reevaluated. Coaches are optimistic he will be cleared soon after that point.

Surgery is not expected for either player.

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