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Dru Berry, 23 Sports

Friday, December 4–

After Thursday’s 3-1 set victory over Missouri State, Mizzou advanced to take on the no. 1 seed, bitter rival Kansas, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Jayhawks had only been handed two losses all season, and the Tigers were looking to make it three. However, the Jayhawks ended up on the winning side, defeating the Tigers in straight sets (25-16, 25-13, 27-25).

The first set was a back and forth affair throughout the early going, but Kansas preyed on Mizzou errors and used its own efficient attack to close out the set resoundingly.

Mizzou was in desperate need to take the second set, as Kansas had not lost a match all year after going up 2-0. Mizzou would simply run into a brick wall in the second set, however, losing handily and playing poorly.

The Tigers had a .024 hitting percentage in the second set, compared to the Jayhawks .359 hitting percentage. This disparity proved crucial, as the Jayhawks capitalized on the majority of their opportunities while the Tigers continued to make hitting errors.

Mizzou regrouped for the third set and battled its way to a 24-20 advantage, before Kansas made a mad dash to tie the set at 24. Mizzou won the next point, but Kansas would respond by taking the last three to close the set, match, and shut the door on the Tigers’ season.

In search for a Tiger consolation on the evening, Carly Kan had a solid game recording another double-double with 12 kills and 10 digs, and was the only Tiger to record double-digit kills. In what would appear to be her last match as a Tiger, Regan Peltier added three kills.

This loss officially ends the Tigers’ season, finishing the year with a 27-6 record. The attention now turns to next season, where the Tigers look to improve as all but the aforementioned Peltier will return.

To stay up to date with all things Mizzou volleyball, follow the team on Twitter @MizzouVB or check out mutigers.com.

Photo courtesy of www2.kusports.com/news.