Volleyball loses to UGA in 5 sets

By Emma Rhyner, 23 Sports

Saturday, Nov. 15-

Following a loss to Kentucky, the Missouri women’s volleyball hoped to find redemption at home against Georgia, but was upended 3-2 (19-25, 27-25, 25-23, 17-25, 11-15).

Although the Tigers finished with more kills and digs than the Bulldogs, they also ended with more errors in the sets, ultimately causing them the match. Mizzou recorded 35 attack errors, five ball-handling errors, seven blocking errors, and eight service errors.

Five players shined for Mizzou offensively. Freshman Kasey Reuter and sophomore Julia Towler both recorded their career-high kills at 15 and 10, respectively. Senior Emily Wilson contributed 14 kills, while junior Regan Peltier came up with 10 and senior Whitney Little added nine more.

The first game went quickly, but clumsy play by the Tigers, including 9 attack errors, lead to the Bulldogs’ first set 25-19 win.

Mizzou began slow once again in set two as Georgia ran away with the lead until the 14-11 score forced the Tigers to take a timeout. After resuming, the Tigers pulled the score to a tie, 14 all, before finally taking a 23-22 after close back and forth play. Little came up with a kill to secure the game at 27-25.

Set three began back and forth as Mizzou opened with a slim 16-13 lead, followed by a 6-3 run by UGA. The score came to a 23-23 tie before Wilson pulled off a kill from the left and Towler had her ninth kill of the match for the 25-23 victory.

Georgia quickly secured the 25-17 win in the fourth set by going on a run from which Mizzou was unable to come back from. The Bulldogs continued in the fifth set, as an opening score of 5-1 forced a timeout from the Tigers. Following the timeout, Mizzou tried to gain the lead but was only able to pull back to 11-9 before ultimately losing.

The Tigers will stay at home to take on Ole Miss on Sunday at 3 p.m. That game will be televised on the SEC Network.