Rough Start to Road Trip for Mizzou Volleyball

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The Missouri Tigers volleyball team rolled into Ole Miss to kick off a four game road trip. The Tigers, who are 14-5 on the season and 6-3 in conference play, hoped to stay hot in their 10th SEC match of the season. After losing earlier in the season to Mizzou, Ole Miss answered back to win 3-1 (17-25, 21-25, 25-19, 21-25).

So far the women’s volleyball team has succeeded in its first season in the SEC. This was not the case however on Friday, when Missouri suffered it’s sixth loss at the hands of the Rebels. Offensive efficiency was not clicking for the Tigers as they hit .291.

Lisa Henning was one of few spectacular players, totaling 21 kills and 14 digs. Freshman Lydia Ely also stepped up, posting seven kills and tallying up 7.5 points, a career best. Despite the individual highlights, Mizzou could not keep up with the Rebels’ dialed-in offense.

The Rebels grabbed a two-set lead with ease. The Tigers rallied behind freshman Ely to answer in the third set. Ely had five kills on five attacks, which was part of a .552 Mizzou offensive performance. Mizzou’s defense fell apart in the fourth set however, falling behind early. The Rebels secured the fourth frame behind Kara Morgan and her 19 kills to clinch the match.

The Missouri Tigers hope to rebound from the tough loss and finish out the road trip strong. Mizzou’s next game will be a battle of the Tigers as they travel to Auburn. The match starts at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

-Kyle DeBold
23 Sports
Staff Writer