Ashley Wright, 23 Sports

The Missouri volleyball team hosted South Carolina on Friday. However, due to a water main break in the Hearnes Center, the Tigers played in Mizzou Arena for the first time ever. The change in scenery did not seem to bother Missouri, (13-4, 3-2 SEC) as it completed a sweep of South Carolina (13-2, 4-1 SEC), 25-22, 25-11, and 30-28, to end a two-match losing streak.

The sweep recorded the Gamecocks’ first SEC loss this season. Missouri’s win over South Carolina came at a pivotal time in the season, as a three-match losing streak could have affected the Tigers’ confidence heading into another SEC match up Sunday against the Arkansas Razorbacks.

The Tigers got off to an amazing start, as they won the first two sets by the scores of 25-22 and 25-11. Despite the Tigers hot start, South Carolina regrouped and made a good run in the third set. Going back and forth in the third set, Missouri stayed focused and came together when it mattered most. The Tigers came away with a 30-28 victory to earn the overall win.

Missouri led the Gamecocks in most significant stat categories, including 49-36 in kills, .402 to .208 in hitting percentage and 41-31 in assists.

The Tigers are now on a five-game win streak at home which can act as a momentum booster as they host Arkansas on Sunday. Missouri will look to keep its home win streak going when they welcome the Razorbacks at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in its second match versus Arkansas this season. In their first meeting this season, the Tigers defeated the Razorbacks 3-1 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.