Missouri Volleyball Earns First Tournament Sweep with Win Over Sacramento State

Zac Aron, 23 Sports Reporter

In their final game before official SEC play begins, the Mizzou Tigers [7-6] beat the vigorous Sacramento State Hornets in five sets on Saturday. This victory not only put the Tigers back up over .500 on the season, but it also gave them a perfect sweep in the Nevada Tournament.

The first set, like many others this season, started off with the two teams seemingly trading points. There was never more than a three-point difference until the Tigers’ senior Ali Kreklow began feeding fellow senior Sydney Deeken perfect sets for three consecutive kills to make the score 22-17. The Tigers won the first set 25-18.

The second set seemed to also be headed in favor of the Tigers, as they held lead from the start of the set until the score was 16-14. Sacramento State then fought hard and won five straight points, then held the Tigers in check for the remainder of the set. The Hornets won the second set 25-23.

The third set is probably one the Tigers would like to forget. The Hornets came out extremely strong at the start of this third set and pulled ahead 15-3. While the Tigers have impressively come back from some large deficits, the Hornets had no problem finishing this one up and bringing their set lead up 2-1. The final score of this set was 25-17.

Set four seemed like it would be the last as the Hornets pulled ahead of the Tigers 12-8 at the start. The Tigers, knowing the Hornets could win it here, gave it their all and tied it up at 17 thanks to a kill by Kira Larson. One point later the Tigers went on a four-point run and eventually won the set against the Hornets 25-23.

The fifth and final set was hard fought throughout. While the Hornets never had the lead, they were able to tie it up at 6, 9, 11, and 14. The Tigers then subbed in Kira Larson who teamed up with freshman Kayla Caffey to block a hit from the Hornets to seal the set at 16-14, and seal the match 3-2.