Mizzou Volleyball last undefeated SEC team in conference play

Nathalie Jones, 23 Sports

Sunday, October 23–

The Missouri Tigers (18-3, 9-0 SEC) beat the Kentucky Wildcats (16-5, 9-1 SEC) 3-2 at the Hearnes Center Sunday to become the only undefeated team in the SEC. Mizzou launched to the top of the Southeastern Conference standings.

It was a well-rounded game for the Missouri Tigers as four players finished over 10 kills. Senior Carly Kan ended the night with 17 kills, a team high, and five of the kills occurred in the critical fifth set. Following closely behind Kan was senior Emily Thater. Thater recorded 14 kills in addition to matching her career high of six blocks. On the defensive end, sophomore Alyssa Munlyn led the team with eight blocks in addition to an outstanding 11 kills.

On the Kentucky side of the court, freshman Leah Edmond gave the Wildcats hope in the third and fourth sets, leading the offense with 21 kills for the match.

The Tigers had a strong beginning in the much-anticipated game, getting off to a 2-0 set advantage. However, Kentucky answered Missouri by winning the third and fourth sets.

It all came down to the fifth and final set, which was a nail-biting faceoff between Edmond and Kan. The two kept the set close and it all came down to a challenge from Missouri Head Coach Wayne Kreklow. The game ended with a challenge on a Kentucky net violation, which was ruled in favor of the Tigers, giving them a 15-12 victory in the fifth.

The Tigers extended their winning streak to 13 games, and look to continue that trend next week when they travel to College Station, Texas, to face Texas A&M (12-7, 6-2 SEC) at the G. Rollie White Coliseum on Wednesday, Oct. 26.