A&M Spoils Tigers’ Hot Streak

John Flattery has the coverage for the Missouri Tigers Volleyball match on Sept. 28.

Friday, Sept. 28-

Despite a stellar home record and strong play in recent weeks, the Missouri volleyball squad fell to Texas A&M 3-1(20-25, 25-23, 23-25, 17-25) at the Hearnes Center. Mizzou falls to 11-4 on the season and 3-2 in conference play after the loss.

Solid efforts from juniors Lisa Henning and Molly Kreklow were not enough to propel Mizzou. Henning posted a team-high 20 kills. Kreklow assisted the Tigers 38 times.

Texas A&M jumped out early in the first set, taking a 20-13 lead midway through the frame. Mizzou fought back, closing the deficit to 22-19. However, A&M closed strong, and the Tigers found themselves trailing.

The second set was a struggle. The teams were deadlocked at 8-8 after several long rallies. Henning and Kreklow led a Mizzou run that saw the Tigers take an 18-15 lead. However, the Aggies answered, taking the score to 24-23 late in the set. Mizzou closed the set on a Henning block to level the match score.

A similar story unfolded in the third set. This time, Missouri was on the losing end. The Tigers fell behind early 8-3 and the Aggies looked in command. After a timeout, Mizzou fought back and took the lead 18-16 on a Henning ace. The teams were neck and neck until the finish, when A&M took two straight points en route to a set victory.

Missouri fell behind early in the fourth set and couldn’t recover this time. Texas A&M used multiple runs to distance themselves from the Tigers. The Aggies convincingly took the set and the match, leaving Mizzou tired and defeated.

Coach Wayne Kreklow told mutigers.com that the team didn’t come out ready to play as he expected. The coach credited Texas A&M for controlling the game. The Aggies had four players with double-digit kills, effectively taking Henning and Kreklow out of the match.

The lone bright spot of the match was the Tigers’ blocking. Mizzou had 13.5 blocks throughout four sets. It is the third straight match in which the Tigers have had at least 10 blocks.

Missouri has little time to ponder the loss. The Tigers host Georgia next, looking to rebound from their first home loss since August 25 against Michigan.

The match begins at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Hearnes Center.

-Chinmay Vaidya
23 Sports
Staff Writer