Mizzou Volleyball Block Party Downs Bulldogs

Jordan Hagan brings you all of the highlights from Missouri women’s volleyball’s latest match against the Georgia Bulldogs.

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The Missouri volleyball team swept Georgia on Sunday, taking all three games from the Bulldogs (25-15, 25-23, 25-11). The Tigers flashed a stout defensive effort, posting 15 blocks, while forcing 28 attack errors on Georgia.

The first set was close in the early going as the visitors from Athens found themselves in the driver’s seat 9-8. However, Missouri responded with a balanced attack, including three kills apiece for junior Lisa Henning and freshman Regan Peltier.

The Tigers allowed only six kills in the game, while they tallied 10 of their own. The most prominent statistic though was Mizzou blocking Georgia five times. The Bulldogs were not able to block a single Missouri hit, and it was a sign of things to come.

In the second set, Mizzou raced out to an early 8-4 lead. However, the Bulldogs seemed to have found their game, and proved to be stiff competition this time around. Georgia took the lead 22-21 late, following a Missouri timeout, but the Tigers turned to their all-purpose setter, junior Molly Kreklow.

The Dawgs held serve at 23-23, but served into the net. Mizzou had match point, and a block by Kreklow found the other side of the net, preserving the second-set victory.

After a back-and-forth affair, Mizzou simply overwhelmed Georgia in the final set. Leading 6-5, the Tigers rattled off seven unanswered points, including three blocks and two kills from sophomore Whitney Little.

The Bulldogs had no answer for Little, as she continued to be a force at the net. After her seventh kill of the afternoon ended the match, Little tied former All-American Christi Myers as the only players in Mizzou history to record four 10-block matches in a career.

Having improved its record to 12-4 (4-2), Missouri will hit the road to face Tennessee at 6 p.m. Friday.

– Gregory Dailey
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Staff Writer