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A dominant first set was the key to Missouri’s first SEC conference play win of the season with Missouri coming out on top in four tough sets (25-10, 19-25, 25-23, 25-18). The Tigers of LSU hosted the Tigers of Missouri on Wednesday night and the visitors started fast. Missouri hit at a .500 clip with only one error and took the first set 25-10. Kylie Deberg, junior outside hitter for Missouri, had her fourth consecutive game of 20 or more kills as she recorded 20 last night in Baton Rouge to propel her 22nd ranked Tigers to their first conference win.

The second set went to the LSU Tigers as they went on a 6-0 run late in the set and never looked back. After taking the lead at 15-14, LSU took 10 of the next 14 points to slam the door shut on Missouri and seize momentum for the time being. LSU standout right side junior Taylor Bannister was the star of the second set, going kill for kill with Deberg for most of the match up to that point.

After splitting the first two sets, both Tigers were battling to go up two sets to one. Missouri led at every point in the set up until 22-21, where LSU took their first lead. Missouri has had trouble closing late in sets this season and LSU could sense it. A 23-22 LSU lead was quickly erased with a clutch kill from Mizzou’s Kayla Caffey and an attack error by LSU’s Karli Rose. Set point was an easy one for Mizzou as Dariana Hollingsworth-Santana had an easy put away for a two sets to one lead.

The fourth set was all Mizzou, as they led from 3-3 going forward. Highlighted by kills from Caffey and Deberg, the Tigers from Columbia walk out of Baton Rouge with their first conference win of the season. They play next on Sunday, October 6 at home against Texas A&M.