Brea Williams – 23 Sports

Missouri volleyball was ready for their second match against South Carolina Saturday morning. The Tigers headed into the matchup off a three-set sweep from Friday night against the Gamecocks, only to fall short in a four-set battle with South Carolina topping over Missouri.

Set one was a back-to-back fight for set point. The Tigers did not allow for the Gamecocks to pull the lead in the beginning, only to fall short in the end due to attack errors. The Gamecocks won set one, 30-28.

Fortunately for the Tigers, set two fell into their favor. An easy set beginning kill by Kylie Deberg led the Tigers into a lead that they kept the whole set, ending 25-20.

After a breezy second set, the Tigers did ot back down and brought on their offensive play. A late push from South Carolina let them get into competition with Missouri. The Gamecocks won the third set, 25-23.

The fourth and final set was crouching in, after a 2-1 set win from South Carolina it made Missouri nervous and pick up their game. The Tigers were unable to gain a lead on South Carolina and fell to them in the end, 25-18.

The offense was aided by setter Andrea Fuentes, who reached 53 assists which is her newest high for the season. Kylie Deberg lead the team with 22 kills, followed by Anna Dixon who had 16 kills throughout the match. Dariana Hollingsworth-Santana almost surpassing her season-high with 11 kills to end the game. 

Missouri travels to Gainesville, Florida next weekend to face the Florida Gators for a doubleheader scheduled for 1 p.m Friday and 4.p.m Saturday.

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