Volleyball takes five set match against Miss. State

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By Morgan Magid, 23 Sports

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The Missouri women’s volleyball earned its thirteenth victory of the season Sunday on the road against Mississippi State University. The Tigers bounced back at MSU’s Newell-Grissom Building after a tough loss to LSU that ended Mizzou’s 12-game home win streak.

Against MSU, players all over the court contributed to one of the hottest offensive games of the season, pushing Mizzou to an overall 13-9 record.

Going into the match, MSU was 6-16 overall and only 1-6 in SEC play. Mizzou has not lost to MSU since joining the SEC three years ago. Previously this year, the Tigers swept the Bulldogs in three straight sets at the Hernes Center on September 26th to continue the Tigers’ home unbeaten streak.

This time around, however, the Tigers started the match off slowly—dropping the first set 25-23. After being ahead 11-6, Mizzou dug itself a hole with several self-made errors that allowed MSU to regain necessary ground. Eventually the set leveled at 24 before a rare misstep from Mizzou’s sophomore standout Carly Kan gave the Bulldogs the set victory.

Even down 0-1, Mizzou’s voracious offense would quickly shift things in the Tigers’ favor. Kan’s fourteenth season double-double (17 digs and 14 kills) and junior hitter Regan Peltier’s career night of 22 kills steered Mizzou to commanding 25-12 and 25-13 victories in sets two and three respectively.

During the second set, MSU hit .000 thanks to the Tigers’ impressive defensive work and offensive control. Set three built off of this increasing momentum, highlighting the night with seven different Mizzou players earning kills in the set.

This was one of the best nights for the Tigers statistically. Peltier’s remarkable 22 kill and 23 point evening was not the only impressive solo effort. Sophomore Loxley Keala put up career-high numbers with 35 assists and senior Sarah Meister contributed a season-best 26 digs, just a single dig short of her career record. As a team, the Tigers had 196 attempts, 74 kills, 65 assists and 10 aces—all season-highs.

Proceeding the stomping in the second and third set, MSU battled back with a gritty 25-22 victory to equalize the match at 2-2. The Bulldogs’ fight was admirable, but Mizzou would end the match with a 15-12 win in the final set. Despite being down 10-12 late, the Tigers scored the final five points to snap their road-match losing streak at four.

Mizzou will take on another SEC opponent in the No. 8 Florida Gators at 6 p.m. on October 14 in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville.