Missouri Volleyball Continues to Struggle in the Big 12 with Loss to Kansas State

Wenesday, Oct. 26 –

The Tigers were handed their second straight loss on Wednesday, Oct. 26 in Columbia, Mo. The Tigers’ 3-2 loss to Big 12 rival Kansas State brought the Tigers’ overall record to 17-9 and 3-6 in conference play.

Despite a season-best 25 digs from senior libero Priscilla Armendariz and a career-best 18 digs from sophomore hitter Lisa Henning, the Wildcats were simply too much for Missouri to handle.

Missouri fell behind early in set one, trailing 9-6 early before a 5-0 run netted them an 11-6 lead. The Tigers and Wildcats went back and forth as the set went on, with MU ultimately pulling away from Kansas State, winning set one 25-21.

It was not as glamorous for the Tigers in set two, however. After not allowing a single ace in set one, Mizzou allowed four in set two. Combined with getting only eight kills in the second set, compared to the 14 they had in set one, Missouri never really seemed to get things going as Kansas State safely took the set 25-13.

Coming out of intermission, Missouri was able to keep up with Kansas State – but not for long. Trailing by just one point at 5-6 early on, the Tigers began to crumble. The Wildcats got three straight points and went on to easily win it 25-13.

The Tigers were down, but not out, however, going into the fourth set. Trailing 12-7 half way through the set, Missouri put it in a different gear. Mizzou finished the set with an 18-9 run, giving them the 25-21 victory in the fourth set.

With two set victories apiece, it was down to a crucial game five. Tied 8-8 halfway through, the Tigers again began to slowly lose control of the set. K-State went on a 7-3 run to win the set 15-11 and the match 3-2.

The Tigers, who are currently No. 37 in the nation and sixth in the Big 12, take on strictly conference opponents in their final seven games, including two against top-five teams in Iowa State and Texas.

Immediately ahead, the Tigers return home to Columbia to face Oklahoma this Saturday, Oct. 29. The game will be played at 6:30 p.m. CT.

– Ben Yarrington
23 Sports
Staff Writer