Mercedes Mackay, 23 Sports

Wednesday, September 24-

Despite junior Carly Kan being named SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week and the Tigers 12-1 outstanding record, they could not catch a break against the fiery St. Louis Billikens on the road.

The seats were filled and the fans were loud at Chaifetz Pavilion as the Billikens swiped the tigers 3-0, [25-16], [25-22], [25-19].

The opening set started off shaky with seven errors enabling St. Louis to take a 1-0 lead. Despite falling behind 25-16 in the first set, redshirt sophomore Kira Larson made Chaifetz Pavilion fall quiet with three kills on .600 hitting.

The second set consisted of trading points back and forth with the lead fluctuating between the sides. The set was tied at 17 and it looked as if the Tigers would even the match, 1-1.

Similar to the first set, Mizzou shot itself in the foot with attack and service errors conceding the set to St. Louis, after an 8-5 run gave the Billikens the 25-22 victory.

Mizzou continued to struggle in the third set, and St. Louis continued to take advantage of the Tigers’ mistakes. The Billikens ended the evening with 44 kills, propelling them to a 25-19 result in the clinching set.

Kan’s team-leading 12 kills and sophomore Courtney Eckenrode’s 21 assists did not help the Tigers out this time.

It will not be any easier in the team’s next match when No. 5 Florida makes its way to Columbia on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at Hearnes Center. Check out mutigers.com and @MizzouVB on Twitter for everything on Mizzou volleyball.