Ole Miss volleyball, track athlete dies in wreck

Ole Miss volleyball and track and field athlete Taina Laporte, 23, has died in a car wreck in Benton County, the school has confirmed.

The accident occurred at the intersection of Highways 7 and 72. According to a WTVA report citing the Mississippi Highway Patrol, Laporte was traveling north on Highway 7 when she apparently drove into the path of an 18-wheeler being driven by Ricky Kirkpatrick, 64, of Rainesville, Alabama.

Laporte, of Irmo, S.C., just completed her senior season with the volleyball team. Known as “Ty,” she was also a high jumper with the track and field team.

Laporte was among SEC volleyball’s hitting leaders with a .350 percentage this season.

As a track and field sophomore in 2014 she placed 10th at the SEC championship meet with a season-best 5-7 ¾ effort in the high jump, the eighth-best ladies jump in school history.

Laporte was also an honor roll student.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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