Eleanor Sheahan – 23 Sports

After having last weekend off, Missouri volleyball returned Friday to play the Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville, Tennessee. 

It was a big night for Missouri’s sophomore middle blocker Claudia Dillion as she had a record-breaking 12-kill match. Meanwhile, for the lady volunteers, Lily Felts and Danielle Mahaffey led Tennessee to a thrilling five-set win. Felts racked up 16 kills while teammate Mahaffey followed with 15 kills and two blocks. 

Both sets one and two went into extra points. Tennessee began the match victorious, winning set one 27-25, but Missouri took back the reigns by winning set two 27-25. 

With momentum on their side, the Tigers continued to outplay the volunteers throughout set three. Kylie Deberg dominated in both the back and front rows. With a kill from the back row, Deberg gave Missouri the biggest lead of the match, 18-13. Tennessee’s defense struggled to adjust to the Missouri powerhouse offense. Deberg once again hit a roll shot into the back of the court thus winning set three 25-18 for the tigers.

Readjusting their defense, the volunteers kept up with Missouri throughout set four. The fourth set came down to a disputed call by Tennessee. The challenge determined that Missouri’s Leandra Mangual-Duran had contacted the ball, thus giving Tennessee the set four win 26-24. 

In the race to 15, Tennessee went up 12-11 against the tigers. Volunteer’s Felts and Mahaffey scored three points in a row, awarding the five-set win, 15-11, to Tennessee. 

After a thrilling back to back and nail biter five-set match, the Tennessee Volunteers fought out the win 3 sets to 2. As for the Missouri Tigers, they will head back to CoMo and host the Georgia Bulldogs next weekend.

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