Kentucky sweeps Mizzou volleyball

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Emma Rhyner, 23 Sports

Sunday, Nov 9 –

After a slim win over Tennessee on Friday, Mizzou women’s volleyball hoped to go 2-0 on the road this weekend following a matchup against Kentucky. Too Mizzou’s dismay, the Wildcats swept the Tigers (21-25, 23-25, 22-25).

Mizzou’s top players emerged once again with senior Emily Wilson and All-American sophomore Carly Kan leading the team with a total of 21 kills and 16 digs. Fellow sophomore Emily Thater and senior Whitney Little each contributed seven kills, while Little also tallied a team-high of three blocks.

Mizzou opened the match with an early 6-5 lead following a block by Wilson and Little, but Kentucky retaliated with a three-point run to take the lead. After a bit of rallying, a kill by Thater brought the score to 12-12. However, a bout of close rallies for the rest of the match allowed Kentucky to come out with the 25-21 victory.

Impressive offensive play by Thater, Kan, and Wilson kept the score close early in set two until the game stalled at a 12-12. Kentucky held the lead at 15-13 going into a media timeout, as the score later bumped to a tie at 17 all. Thater and Wilson then guided the team to regain the lead 21-19, but Kentucky came backto win the set 25-23.

Once again, the Tigers took an early lead of 13-9 in the third set with a block by junior Regan Peltier and Little. After that, however, the score remained close until Kentucky pulled away to clinch the victory 25-22.

The Tigers return to the Hearnes Center to take on Georgia on Friday at 6:30 p.m and Ole Miss on Sunday at 3 p.m. The game against Ole Miss will be televised on the SEC Network.