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Mizzou volleyball continued SEC play Friday night at home against the Crimson Tide. The Tigers went into the game hoping to regain their spot in the national rankings as the regular season winds down.

Mizzou’s Kayla Caffey opened the match up with a kill. Mizzou continued to dominate offensively with Caffey, Dariana Hollinsworth-Santana, Kylie Deberg, Tyanna Omazic and Leketor Member-Meneh. Mizzou handled the first set, winning 25-16. Caffey led the team with five first-set kills.

Caffey continued to have a game in the second set with two more kills. She was helped by Deberg and Hollingsworth-Santana who earned four kills a piece. Alabama only lead once in the second set, playing most of the game from behind. Late in the set, Mizzou went on a 4-0 run to put them up by 6. Alabama attempted to close the deficit but were punished with 4-2 run by the Tigers to give them the second set and advantage with a score of 25-18.

Mizzou put on another offensive clinic in the third set with 18 team kills from six different players. The Tigers put the match away on a kill from Hollingsworth-Santana. The final score of the third was 25-19.

The Mizzou offense continues to be a consistent game-winner. Deberg trails Texas A&M’s Hollann Hans in most kills and most points scored in the SEC. Mizzou has three players in the top 10 hitting percentage statistic, Hollingsworth-Santana (#4), Kayla Caffey (#6) and Tyanna Omazic (#8).

This win increased the Tiger’s overall record to 17-6 and SEC record to 9-4. With five remaining regular season and conference games left, if the Tigers are able to continue their success, they will earn a good seeding in the NCAA tournament. A win against South Carolina this upcoming Sunday could even reintroduce Mizzou to the national rankings.