Mizzou volleyball defeats Tennessee

VOLLEYBALL

By David Rothchild, 23 Sports

Friday, Nov. 7-

The Missouri women’s volleyball team left Knoxville with a 3-1 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers on Friday. Despite dropping the first set, Mizzou rallied behind All-American Carly Kan, taking three straight sets in a back and forth match.

Following the win, the Tigers improve to 15-12 overall and 6-6 in SEC competition, while the Vols drop to 8-18 and 1-11 respectively.

After registering seven kills on their first ten attempts, Tennessee jumped out to an early lead. However, Missouri soon caught fire behind freshman Kasey Reuter, who charged a 7-2 run.

Reuter led Mizzou with four kills in the first set, which was among her eight total on the night. She also added a total of seven digs and three blocks.

The Volunteers were hardly discouraged, though, as they quickly regained the lead. That lead would hold and Tennessee took the set 25-20.

Entering the second set, the Tigers were poised to gain control of the match. Sophomore Emily Thater made sure of that as she posted five kills early on, ultimately finishing the match with 10 kills.

The Vols would answer, but despite pulling within two, Missouri dominated the rest of the way, closing out the set 25-19.

Mizzou built off the momentum and opened up the third set with a 19-9 lead. It was Kan who sparked the strong start for the Tigers, leading the team with 13 kills on the night. Kan also added eight digs.

To no surprise, Tennessee stormed back to pull within five, but Missouri held strong and was able to take the set 25-20.

The fourth set saw back and forth scoring, as the teams were separated by no more than three throughout almost the entirety of the set. However, Mizzou was able to slightly pull away due to steady serving from Reuter. Ultimately, the Tigers clinched the match on a 25-21 set win.

The balanced team play from Missouri was on display Friday as six Tigers had more than six kills in the win. Sophomore Loxley Keala aided the scoring with a team-leading 27 assists and also added 10 digs. Keala’s double-double is her 12th on the year, which second in the SEC only behind Kan.

The win outs Mizzou into seventh place in the SEC as the lowly Volunteers sit at second to last in the conference.

The Tigers head to Lexington for its next match as they take on the Kentucky Wildcats. The match will air on SEC Network Sunday at 11:00 a.m.