Volleyball drops second consecutive SEC road match

VOLLEYBALL

By Matt Horn, 23 Sports

Sunday, October 6

Following a loss to Ole Miss, the Missouri women’s volleyball team lost their second straight game Sunday against Georgia in Athens. Mizzou got off to a fast start taking the first set 25-17, but lost the next three to fall to the Bulldogs 3-1.

Missouri’s early success on Sunday was in large part due to Georgia’s offensive struggles in the first set. The Bulldogs recorded eight errors with a hitting percentage of .000 in the opening game. Such Georgia mistakes was not the case for the rest of the game.

After winning the first set, Mizzou would not lead for the rest of the day. The Bulldogs held the Tigers total points 18, 17, and 20 in the following sets. Georgia sophomore Megan Spencer led both teams with 14 kills for the Bulldogs.

Missouri star middle hitter Whitney Little struggled in Sunday’s loss.  The 6’3 senior is currently 15th in the country in hitting percentage, but has averaged a subpar .218 in Mizzou’s last two road games.

Starting freshman Sydney Deeken also had a rough game for the Tigers. The reigning SEC Freshman of the Week recorded a -.167 hitting percentage and was kept scoreless in the third and fourth sets.

Stepping up to help a struggling offense has been senior Emily Wilson. Wilson racked up a team high 12 kills off the bench on Sunday. Wilson has been one of the Tiger’s top performers in recent weeks, using her senior leadership to keep her team competitive.

After finishing the month of September on a 7-1 run including a title win at the Idaho Invitational, Mizzou has struggled with SEC opponents on the road, falling to Ole Miss on Wednesday before the loss at Georgia.

With an 11-7 record, Missouri sits in seventh place in the SEC.

Now back in Columbia, the Tigers will get a much needed break before 9-8 Auburn comes to the Hearnes Center this Friday at 6:30.