Missouri volleyball sweeps Mississippi State, improving its winning streak to 12 consecutive sets

Deberg led the Tigers with 13 kills, improving their winning streak to 12 sets.
Missouri’s Alyssa Munlyn celebrates a successful save during the third set of a match against Drake on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. Munlyn, originally from Suwanee, GA, was SEC Freshman of the Year in 2015.

Missouri volleyball continued its sweeping success with a straight set victory over Mississippi State on Sunday. This marks the Tigers’ fourth consecutive sweep.

The Tigers came out strong in the first set, winning 25-14. Missouri held Mississippi State to a negative hitting percentage in the set. The Bulldogs hit -.071 with seven kills. The Tigers had 10 kills, hitting .227. Missouri also had four aces in the set, two from sophomore Dariana Hollingsworth and one a piece from sophomore Leketor Member-Meneh and junior Annika Gereau.

Missouri picked up its offense in the second set, hitting .357 with 18 kills en route to another 25-14 set victory. Hollingsworth led the Tiger offense with seven kills in the set.

Missouri kept the momentum going into the third set, never giving up the lead. With the Tigers up 15-6, the Bulldogs went on a 6-0 run, but Missouri was able to take back control and win the set, 25-16, hitting .350 in the set with 17 kills.

The Tigers finished the match hitting .327 with 45 kills and 11 errors. Sophomore Kylie Deberg and Hollingsworth led the Tigers with 13 and 10 kills, respectively. Member-Meneh posted a .600 hitting percentage with nine kills. Sophomore Tyanna Omazic tallied four blocks. Redshirt freshman Andrea Fuentes had 35 assists for Missouri, while redshirt junior Riley Sents led the team with 16 digs.

“Overall, I was pleased today,” coach Wayne Kreklow said in a press release. “I thought we came out with good focus and energy. The Sunday match of a two-match weekend on the road is always a physical and mental challenge, but I thought we showed some maturity today. There’s lot of stuff we can still get better at, but we’re slowly but surely picking away at them.”

Missouri (16-4, 6-2 SEC) will head back home to take on Auburn (8-10, 1-7 SEC) Friday at 6 p.m. at Mizzou Arena.

Edited by Adam Cole | acole@themaneater.com

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