Brooke Lemke – 23 Sports

After winning the first match against Alabama Wednesday night, Mizzou carried the momentum into the second match to beat the Crimson Tide in three sets to none. Mizzou did not let Alabama come within more than six points, finishing the three sets 25-16, 25-19 and 25-19.

Mizzou commanded the overall flow of the match defensively and offensively. The Tigers outnumbered the Crimson Tide on kills, total points scored, assists, and blocks. Mizzou’s ended the night with a .412 hitting percentage, compared to Alabama’s .182 percentage. Mizzou’s hitting percentage was a season best, and the first time since Nov. 2019 the Tigers had a .400-plus team hitting percentage. 

On defense, senior middle blocker Tyanna Omazic led the Tigers in blocks. Omazic clocked in six blocks across the three sets of Thursday’s match and earned her 300th career block in the second set of the match. Mizzou registered 11 total blocks on the night, compared to Alabama’s one total. 

Senior outside hitter Kyile Deberg and sophomore right side hitter Anna Dixon both produced nine kills and three blocks apiece in the match.  Both Deberg and Dixon exceeded .400-plus hitting. Not only did Deberg shine on offense, she had a strong defensive game earning nine digs. Andrea Fuentes led Mizzou in assists, earning 33 total on the night, along with two kills, two blocks, and two digs to round out a stellar performance. 

The end of the two game matchup on Wednesday and Thursday against Alabama improved the Tigers all-time record against the Crimson Tide to 13-3, and marked the ninth consecutive win in matches against the Tide. 

Looking forward, Mizzou is set to play No. 3 Kentucky for back-to-back nights in their season debut at the Hearnes Center on Oct. 28 and 29. Mizzou will need to stay strong on defense, continue to put up big blocks at the net, and keep making kills if they want a chance to beat the Wildcats.

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