Eleanor Sheahan – 23 Sports

Missouri Volleyball got it done quickly on Friday afternoon. The Tigers headed into the matchup off of a three-set sweep vs Georgia last week and continued to follow suit. In just three sets Missouri (11-4) topped the South Carolina Gamecocks (9-5). 

To no surprise, Kylie Deberg led the team with 16 kills, five blocks and two aces. Sophomore middle blocker Claudia Dillion has also begun to make a name for herself in Missouri’s offense. Dillion picked up six kills, an ace and one block for the match. 

Set one went swiftly for the Tigers. Missouri allowed a couple of late offensive errors that helped the Gamecocks stay in this set longer than anticipated. Mizzou took set one 25-17. 

Unfortunately, it did not go as smoothly in set two. A late surge in the second allowed South Carolina to get within a grasp of Missouri. Luckily, the Tigers were able to perform under pressure, winning set two 25-23.

After a nail-biting second set, the Tigers put their feet on the gas pedal and played with no mercy. Missouri’s Emily Brown led the Tigers defense as she played very controlled and consistent. The Gamecocks offense struggled and was not able to break Missouri’s defensive stronghold. The Tigers closed out the match 25-15 over South Carolina.  

In the third set, Missouri finished with a season-high hitting percentage of .560 making their overall hitting .348 for the match. On the other side of the net, the Gamecocks did not have much luck at all. South Carolina posted one of their lowest-hitting performances of .149 for the game. Overall, the Tigers played as a team and without a doubt, deserved this win. 

South Carolina will get another chance to redeem themselves against Missouri, Saturday at 11 a.m.

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