Volleyball falls to South Carolina in four sets

Volleyball falls to South Carolina in four sets

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By Emma Rhyner, 23 Sports

Sunday, Oct. 26 –

Coming off a loss to Florida on Friday, the Missouri Tigers women’s volleyball team hoped to find redemption on Sunday in South Carolina, but was unsuccessful. Mizzou lost to the Gamecocks 3-1 (25-18, 19-25, 23-25, 17-25).

Junior Regan Peltier and freshman Kasey Reuter both posted 11 kills, while sophomore Carly Kan lead the team with 16 kills. Other key players for Mizzou were sophomore Loxley Keala, who had 27 assists, and senior Sarah Meister with 14 digs.

Although Mizzou had good numbers offensively, South Carolina’s were better. Sophomores KoKo Atota-Williams and Katlyn McDaniel, freshman Taylr McNeil, and juniors Sarah Blomgren, Darian Dozier, and Kellie McNeal totaled 60 kills for the Gamecocks. Freshman setter Allie Monserez had 16 assists and nine digs, while senior Mikaela Christiaansen posted a team high of 10 digs.

Mizzou had an early 11-7 lead in the first set and further extended that lead to 15-10 going into the media timeout. The Gamecocks came out strong after the time out scoring two points, but with tough serving from the Tigers, they maintained their lead at 19-13 and eventually at 21-15.

After using their last timeout, the Gamecocks made a run for a comeback once again by scoring three in a row, but the Tigers responded with four to end the game 25-18.

Once again, the second set opened with a score of 11-7, but this time South Carolina held the lead. The Tigers tried to come back, scoring three to bring them within one point, but the Gamecocks countered with a three point run of their own. They then took the set 25-19.

The Tigers had an early 3-2 lead in set three, but South Carolina quickly scored four to give the Gamecocks the lead. The game stayed close with a score of 15-11 going into the media timeout and Mizzou would eventually tie the game at 20-20. With the last points back and forth, South Carolina ultimately came out on top with a 25-23 victory.

The final set was quick a quick one. Even though the Tigers had an early lead of 10-8, the Gamecocks went on a 7-0 run from which the Tigers were unable to recover. South Carolina got the set win 25-17, and in turn the match.

The Tigers return home to face Arkansas on Friday and Texas A&M on Sunday.