Tyler Fitton, 23 Sports

The Mizzou volleyball team had been looking very strong to start the season, but after dropping two matches on the road the season is starting to look a little more in need of a spark. The team traveled to the University of Kentucky to take on the Wildcats on Sunday, where they were defeated 3-1.

It was a game of streaks, and whoever had the late streaks won the sets. The match was nearly forced to five sets, but Kentucky held strong and finished Mizzou in the fourth. In that fourth set, Missouri lost a challenge, making the score 24-21. It took a bit for the Wildcats to finish the Tigers, but they did, winning 29-27.

Coming off of her SEC Offensive Player of the Week award, Leketor Member-Meneh continued to rise up against the competition, recording 12 kills for Mizzou. That was second on the team to Dariana Hollingswort, who had 15.

Statistically, the game was extremely even in almost all categories. Kills, blocks, assists, and digs were all within five of each other between the two teams, with the only major outlier being Kentucky finishing with 11 aces to Missouri’s measly one. The point differential was not as high as one would expect for a game between a mid-ranked opponent and a non-ranked opponent, as Missouri had 65 compared to Kentucky’s 82.

Ultimately, this was a great test for the Tigers, and will only prepare them for the season as they still have several tough opponents laying in their wake on the schedule. If they do continue to improve, then there is no doubt that they can finish towards the top of their conference.