Luebbert Scores Two as Tigers Lose Fifth in a Row

Hank Noah, 23 Sports

The Tiger volleyball team played host to the No. 21 Tennessee Volunteers on Sunday. This was the first contest for Mizzou since their Thursday night match against a No. 9 Florida Gators squad. Mizzou fought hard  against the Gators, and stayed in the game against a tough team, but they unfortunately came up short, falling 2-1. Although the Tiger’s lost, they played extremely well and carried a bit of momentum going into the Volunteer’s match despite losing four in a row. Despite this energy, Missouri ultimately fell short against another ranked opponent.

Sarah Luebbert was on fire against the Vols for Mizzou. The 5’7” freshman from Jefferson City scored the first goal for the Tigers in the twenty-fourth minute. The Tigers would lead 1-0 for the next thirty-one minutes until Tennessee’s Mary Vignola tied the game up. The match would not stay even for long as Luebbert struck again for MU in the fifty-sixth minute on a penalty kick.

With five minutes left in the match, it was looking like the Tigers were finally going to snap their losing streak. However, Tennessee had other plans for the game as the Volunteer’s Erin Gilroy scored a clutch goal in the eighty-sixth minute. This would tie the game up at two and extend the game into overtime, where the Volunteers would quickly score and take the win. This would be the Tiger’s fifth loss in a row, causing them to fall to 5-9-1 on the season and 1-5 in SEC play. Tennessee would move on to 12-1-1 on the season.

Mizzou head coach Brian Blitz had this to say after the game: “The end result was disappointing but I’m still proud of the effort our players gave. The SEC is tough and you can’t give up second chances. The goal is to make it to Orange Beach (location of SEC Tournament) and that’s still in play.”

The Tigers will move on from this game and prepare for a match against the Kentucky Wildcats on October 12th.