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Logan Ball, 23 Sports

Sunday, October 30 –

After a tough loss last Wednesday at Texas A&M, Missouri Volleyball needed to prove themselves as the best in the SEC. Their 3-0 win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs mhelped make that case.

The Tigers came out roaring in the first set as redshirt senior Melanie Crow paved the way after sitting out two matches with concussion-like symptoms.

Crow’s six kills in the first set alone, alongside nine assists from Courtney Eckenrode, propelled Missouri in their dominant 25-11 set one victory.

The second set would play out differently as Mississippi State kicked up the competition.

Asserting themselves early, the Bulldogs took an early 14-10 lead thanks to several kills by Evie Grace Singleton.

Mizzou fought back, however, with crucial serves by Eckenrode and plenty of errors along the Bulldogs front line. The Tigers went on to claim the set 25-20.

From there on out it was Tigers dominance in the third set.

Crow continued playing her game, finishing with 13 kills, and senior Carly Kan quietly collected 12 kills and a block.

Last week’s SEC Player of the Week, Alyssa Munlyn, was a wall on the front line. Munlyn in check.

With the victory, Missouri wins their 10th conference matchup and Head Coach Wayne Kreklow now has 250 career victories.

The Tigers start a three-game road trip on Friday, Nov. 4, as the team travels to Knoxville to face the Tennessee Volunteers (15-8, 6-5 SEC).