Gavin Curless, 23 Sports

The Mizzou volleyball team traveled to Knoxville, TN last night to face off against the Tennessee Volunteers. The Tigers, ranked 18th in the nation, were expecting to continue their rampage through another SEC opponent. The Tigers walked into this match 2-0 in the SEC and 12-2 overall. Opening the first set, the Volunteers looked dominant, winning 25-20. The Tigers desperately needed to retaliate, which is exactly what they did, winning the second set 25-22. The Tigers truly came alive during this set, marking 15 kills. The defense also looked incredible, holding the Volunteers to only a .167 hitting percentage. The third set, however, was all Volunteers as they took the set 25-18. The fourth set was do or die for the Tigers, and they played that way. The Tigers had a collective 18 kills in that set, taking it 25-21. This led to the first five set match Mizzou has had to play all year, and it showed. The Tigers looked tired as the Volunteers took the 5th set 15-9, winning the match 3-2.

Although the Tigers lost their first SEC match, not all news is grim. Even with the loss, the Tigers played well and looked good. There were multiple impressive performances from the Tigers as well. Kylie Deberg finished the night with 15 kills, four blocks, and two aces. Dariana Hollingsworth put up equally impressive stats with 14 kills and three blocks. Although the Tigers didn’t come out on top in this match, there is still a lot to look forward to this season.