Reckless errors halt Mizzou volleyball win streak

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By Joey Gjata, 23 Sports

Saturday, September 21, 2014 –

Coming off a successful tournament at the Idaho Invitational, Mizzou edged UNC Greensboro earlier in the day to set up a date with hosts Miami in the final, a team looking to preserve an undefeated home record thus far. The Tigers would lose 3-1, committing a season-high 29 errors to impede their current five game winning streak just before SEC conference play in the upcoming week.

Despite the loss (22-25, 16-25, 27-25, 18-25), All-Americans Carly Kan and Whitney Little, were the key highlights for the away side. Kan recorded her SEC-best 11th double-double with 13 kills and 19 digs, while Little provided 12 kills, hitting a team best .360. Sophomore setter Loxley Keala also tallied her 10th double-double with 25 assists and 11 digs.

In the first set the Hurricanes shot out of the gate early with a 3-1 lead, but Mizzou was able to claw its way back throughout the set. The seesaw trend of the first ended with a final surge by the Canes to give themselves a 25-22 first set advantage. Mizzou’s six errors on .105 hitting did little to help its cause in the first.

A similar trend followed throughout the match as Miami took quick leads in each of the remaining three sets (4-0, 6-3, 4-0). Specifically in the second, the Tigers committed 12 errors, which allowed the Canes to win comfortably 25-16. The high flying hitting duo of Savanah Leaf and Taylor Scott led Miami in combining for 40 of the team’s 65 kills, playing an integral role in the 2-0 set lead.

Despite the deficit, the Tigers rallied remarkably from down 18-12 in the third to hold off two match points, and with the help of Kan’s five late kills were able to grab a set back to make it 2-1.

Finally, in the fourth, Mizzou found itself playing catch-up from the start, unable to grab a lead. From there the Canes finished off a convincing evening, winning the set 25-18. On a night where momentum was not on their side, the Tigers simply could not keep up with ACC team, notably perpetrating ten more errors than the home side in key moments of the match.

Despite of the loss, Mizzou will look to regroup and prepare for its first game of the SEC season against Mississippi State at home at 6:30 p.m. on Friday before facing Tennessee on Sunday.