Nathalie Jones, 23 Sports

Sunday, November 27—

The Missouri Tigers volleyball team (25-5, 16-2 SEC) defeated the Tennessee Volunteers (17-14, 7-11 SEC) to claim part of the SEC championship alongside co-champion Florida. With a great showing of regular season play, Missouri heads into the postseason having clinched their second SEC title in the last four years.

Missouri came into the matchup firing on all cylinders. They dominated the first set, 25-15, with strong showings on both offense and defense. The Tigers offense amassed 13 kills on .400 hitting. The stars of the first set were redshirt junior Kira Larson, who served a near perfect set with two aces, and sophomore Alyssa Munlyn, who led the team in kills in the first set.

However, the second set provided a little more of a challenge for the Tigers. The two teams kept it close, as the score was tied at 14 apiece midway through. However, Missouri pulled themselves together and responded to Tennessee with a 7-1 scoring run. Tennessee, however, would not go down without a fight, as the Vols came back to tie the score at 24. Missouri senior Carly Kan continued her stellar season, as she recorded a massive kill to end the set, 26-24, in Missouri’s favor.

Missouri ended the night with a dominant third and final set, which clinched the Tigers’ victory. It was a night of titles for the Tigers, as junior Courtney Eckenrode placed herself sixth in school history in all-time career assists.

The Missouri Tigers have seen great success throughout their season, but it is not over yet. Next, the Tigers will move on to the NCAA Tournament, where they will compete for yet another title.