Meister shines in volleyball’s loss to LSU

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By Ben Burke, 23 Sports

Friday, Nov. 21-

What has already been a disappointing season for the Missouri Women’s Volleyball team took another step back Friday night, as they lost to the LSU Tigers in four sets (25-17, 25-19, 21-25, 25-12).

One of the lone bright spots for Mizzou was senior Sarah Meister, who set a new career high with 30 digs. The match really aided her season totals, putting her in second place in the SEC with 517 digs on the season.

Sophomore Carly Kan added 13 kills and 12 assists as she recorded her SEC-leading 18th double-double.

Missouri had a dismal night in terms of hitting percentage, as the first set was the only one in the match in which they hit over .100.

The first set was also the most back-and-forth, as 10 ties and six lead changes led to LSU pulling away late in the set. They won the set 25-19 on a kill by Junior Katie Lindelow.

Lindelow was one of three Tigers to record double-doubles on the night, tallying 13 kills and 13 digs.

The match was less competitive in the second set, as Mizzou did not hold a single lead and was only able to manage one tie after 0-0. LSU utilized an early 4-1 run and an 8-3 run in the middle of the set, as well as capitalized on nine Missouri attack errors to take the 25-17 win.

Mizzou’s nine errors in the second set was part of their 28 total in the match. This highlighted s the up-and-down month it has been for the Tigers, as they only recorded 11 errors in their last match against Ole Miss, which was preceded by a match against Georgia in which they recorded 35 errors.

Both squads performed miserably in the third set, as they combined for just 22 kills with 19 errors for a lousy hitting percentage of .042. As poorly as Missouri was playing, LSU would match it, as they could not manage to take a single lead.

They were close to doing so late in the set, down 20-19, but Mizzou went on to score five of the next seven points to win 25-21.

Missouri was not able to use the momentum from the third set to spur a late-match comeback, as they lost eight of nine points to start of the fourth. LSU did not take their foot off the pedal from there, as they only allowed Mizzou to score 12 points in the set. Their 13-point margin of victory was by far the largest of match.

The loss drops Missouri to 16-15 on the season (7-9 in SEC play), putting it in danger of following up last year’s 34-0 regular season by going sub-.500 this year. They end their short two-game road trip Sunday, Nov. 23rd at 3 p.m. as they head to College Station to take on Texas A&M.