Kayler Smith-23Sports

Coming off a win Friday night against Alabama, Mizzou volleyball turned around to take on South Carolina Sunday afternoon. South Carolina tends to be a “sweep or be swept” team with 18 of their 26 games being only three set matches. In this case, they were swept by the hot Tiger offense.

South Carolina opened up the match with a quick 4-0 run with a back-and-forth series of points to follow. SEC leading killers, Missouri, then continued to show the offensive fire they have displayed all season going on a 6-0 run to climb back on top. The set continued back and forth until a hitting error from Jess Vastine gave Mizzou the first set, 25-21. The Tigers were led offensively by Leketor Member-Meneh with five kills.

The second set continued similar to the end of the first, a back-and-forth battle. A series of kills by the Tigers and hitting errors by the Gamecocks gave Mizzou the second set, 27-25, with match advantage. Member-Meneh led the Tigers yet again with five more second set kills.

In the third set, the ball found offensive leader Kylie Deberg, who led the team to a match victory with eight kills in the third set. She totaled 16 kills on the day. She did not act alone, kills were spread to four of her teammates who came up with big kills to keep the Tigers neck-and-neck with the Gamecocks. Mizzou won the third set 25-21.

Member-Meneh totaled 14 kills in the match, adding to the team’s total of 51 kills. After this match, Mizzou took over the SEC team kills leader board with 814 (#17 Kentucky second with 795). The Tigers are also have one of the most productive offenses in the nation, ranked second overall in hitting percentage (behind Texas).

They travel to Lexington to face the offensive firepower of the Kentucky Wildcats Wednesday Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. This game has enormous SEC implications. This is the first of a three-game SEC road trip for the Tigers before they return home for the last game of the regular season. They hope to continue their win streak through the end of the season.