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In a matchup of nationally ranked teams, the No. 16 Wildcats took down the No. 19 Tigers in straight sets (29-27, 25-23, 25-21). The straight set sweep doesn’t tell the full story of this one as the Tigers had their chances early. Mizzou led 20-16 and 24-22 in the first set and had multiple chances to close it out but Kentucky edged out the first set by a score of 29-27 in extra points. After seizing the momentum, Kentucky rebounded from an early deficit in the second set to take a two set lead. The third set was much of the same as the Tigers took the early lead, and again, failed to close out the set and fell on a late run by the Wildcats by a final of 25-21. While much of the afternoon was filled with disappointment, there were some positives to come out of the Hearnes Center.

A season-high of 2,210 fans attended the Sunday match, a positive sign for the up and coming Tigers. This was the Tigers’ first 2,000-plus attendance match since last year’s matchup with Kentucky. Another positive was the play of junior Kylie Deberg, as she recorded 22 kills on the day. It was her third consecutive 20+ kill match and fourth 20+ kill match of the season. Deberg was dominant up front and had multiple timely kills, but 27 team errors cost the Tigers a victory on Sunday afternoon. Missouri falls to 8-3 (0-1 SEC) on the season and look to rebound on Wednesday in Baton Rouge as they take on LSU at 6 p.m.