David Campbell – 23 Sports

The Missouri Tigers volleyball team faced off against Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday, April 15. The Buckeyes swept the Tigers 25-17, 25-20 and 25-21.

Senior All-American Kylie DeBerg did all she could in a 17 kill effort but the relentless defense from Big Ten powerhouse Ohio State was too much for Mizzou to overcome.

This loss ends the season for the Tigers, and despite the ups and downs, many would call it a successful 2020-2021 campaign. 

“We did everything we could to the best of our ability,”  Head Coach Joshua Taylor said. “I think that’s what sports is, you do the best you can and either it’s good enough or not. Today wasn’t our day, but I wouldn’t change anything.”

Sophomore Anna Dixon had eight kills of her own and Redshirt Junior Andrea Fuentes added 26 assists but it was the overall size and strength of the Buckeyes that stole the show.

Ohio St had three players in double digit kills. More importantly, the Buckeyes had 16 blocks as a team, absolutely stifling any offensive threat from Mizzou.

Even crazier, Ohio State had 47 digs. However it felt like 100 because time and time again a Missouri spike would end up being a point for the Buckeyes because of their terrific back line.

Missouri finished the season with an overall record of 16-8. They defeated South Dakota in the first round of the NCAA tournament before being chopped by Ohio State. A long ride over almost seven months finally came to an end.

This also might be the best Tiger team we see for a while.

DeBerg is leaving to go play sand volleyball in the south, which was her plan for this spring before the season got extended. 

Redshirt junior setter Jaden Newsome has already announced her transfer to Iowa State. She is not the last player on the squad to announce their intent to transfer.

Sophomore Claudia Dillon and Senior Tyanna Omzaic (who still has eligibility due to injury) are both rumored to be in the transfer portal. Being in the portal doesn’t mean they will automatically leave but both players will gain interest from other schools.

More players could be announcing leaving soon so stay tuned for updates on the rest of the Missouri Tigers volleyball team.

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