KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – University of Missouri volleyball went toe-to-toe with Tennessee in the first Southeastern Conference match of the season for both teams, where a first-set rally helped propel the Lady Vols to a 3-0 sweep (25-14, 25-21 , 25-20) on Wednesday night.
Mizzou (7-4, 0-1 SEC) held an early first-set lead at 5-4, but Tennessee (6-6, 1-0 SEC) rattled off six of seven points to lead 12-7. The Tigers battled back to within four at 14-10, but the Lady Vols again scored eight of the next 10 points to lead 22-11 and took the 25-14 set win.
The second set saw the Tigers battle from start to finish, keeping things within a couple of points for most of the stanza. Mizzou had the margin at two with the score 22-20 and 23-21, but a ball-handling error and service ace closed out the second set in the home team’s favor, 25-21.
The third set saw Mizzou take a 10-8 lead before Tennessee knotted things at 11 apiece. The Lady Vols banked three of the next four points to jump out to a two-point edge at 14-12. The Tigers battled, working the deficit down to one at 21-20, but a Tennessee rally closed the set and match out with four straight points.
Sophomore Kaylee Cox led the Tigers once again, producing 16 kills to reach double-digits for the fourth-straight match. Freshman Janet de Marrais added another seven terminations while senior Anna Dixon chipped in six.
Tennessee’s duo of Erykah Lovett (15) and Morgahn Fingall (12) reached double-digit kills while Natalie Hayward added seven kills, two aces, 35 assists and eight digs in the win.
- Freshman outside hitter DeMarrais produced seven kills for the Tigers coming off the bench.
- Freshman setter Riley Buckley reached double-digit assists for an eleventh-straight match with 32 against the Wildcats. In all eleven matches, Buckley has recorded 30 or more assists in eight of them.
- Cox’s 16 kills marked the ninth time this season the sophomore has produced double-digit terminations. She is averaging 3.93 kills per set on the season.
Mizzou returns to the Hearnes Center on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022 to face No. 15 Kentucky at 6 pm CT. The annual Gold Rush match will be televised on SEC Network +.
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