Marcus Thomas, 23 Sports

The Missouri Tigers lost to the Tennessee Volunteers in four sets on November 14th at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers won the first set (25-19) before the Volunteers won the next three straight sets (25-21, 25-22, 25-22). The loss drops Mizzou’s record to 22-6 overall and 12-4 in SEC play and also snaps Mizzou’s home winning streak of ten straight games.

The win made it eight straight for a red-hot Tennessee Volunteer team and brought up their season record to 22-5 overall and 13-2 in SEC play.

The Tigers started off hot, taking the first set thanks to a match-best 14 kills and a hit percentage of .379. Missouri was able to hang around for the first three sets before they got swallowed up by the Volunteers length. The Tigers were able to hold their own through strong games from Kylie DeBerg who had 16 kills to lead the team and Tyanna Omazic, who had 10 kills and four blocks to lead the team in that category.

The Volunteers led in almost every major statistical category in the match from kills 57-47, aces 4-3, assists 55-44, and digs 59-49. The only category the Volunteers did not outdo the Tigers was blocks, which were tied between the two teams at eight apiece

Tennessee was able to take advantage of their length and convert that into 57 kills as a team with Tessa Grubbs leading the team with 20, followed by both Raquel Perinar with 11, and Erica Treiber who had nine.

Mizzou Volleyball will be back in action Sunday, November 18 when they take on the Kentucky Wildcats in Columbia.
The Wildcats enter that one 21-4 overall and 15-0 in SEC play.