Logan Ball, 23 Sports

Sunday, September 25 –

The Missouri Tigers (11-3, 2-0 SEC) have proven yet again how well they play in the difficult stretches, collecting a hard fought win against an Ole Miss (11-4, 0-2 SEC) team that would not seem to go away.

The tone was set very early on in the first set, as the two SEC competitors kept the score very tight with several long rallies.

Missouri started to pull away towards the end of the first set, but the Rebels sprung a minor comeback to tie the set at 20.

However, redshirt junior Melanie Crow, the Ole Miss transfer, took charge of the game. She compiled a tremendous stat line of three kills and an ace in the final five points as Mizzou would go on to take the set 25-23, capped off by a Crow kill.

The second set started off a little differently as Ole Miss started with a convincing 5-1 run. Nevertheless, a handful of failed serve attempts by both teams would keep the score close, with a slight advantage to Mississippi.

Senior Emily Thater played a crucial role in the Missouri revival with three impactful blocks in the match and several key kills, including the kill to secure the second set off a misplay by Ole Miss.

As excited and energized as the crowd in the Hearnes Center had been, the third set proved to be the most crucial given the intensity of the crowd and athletes’ play.

Key substitutions of freshman Riley Sents and junior Courtney Eckenrode brought a much-needed second wind to the Tigers, who found themselves down yet again in the early part of set three.

A necessary late Tiger rally near the halfway point of the set brought them within two points of the lead. A lead they would not earn until the score stood at 25-24 with a Tiger advantage.

A nifty set over the net by junior Sydney Deeken would complete yet another come-from-behind win for Missouri. The Tigers’ depth and smart play played a pivotal role in the team’s second conference win.

Mizzou is back in action Friday, Sept. 30, as they travel to Arkansas (3-10, 1-0 SEC).