By Liad Lerner
The Mizzou volleyball team picked up its fourth consecutive win in a 3-0 sweep against the Mississippi Rebels in the Hearnes Center on Sunday.
Two consecutive aces from redshirt senior Kira Larson got the Tigers to set point in the first set, and two points later they won 25-17.
The second set started out very neck and neck, until Mizzou went on a seven point run behind the serves of redshirt senior Melanie Crow. Crow also recorded two aces during the run, and the Tigers won the set 25-19.
Mizzou went on a similar 6-0 run in the third set this time with senior Courtney Eckenrode serving. A service error from Mississippi ended the set 25-15 in favor of the Tigers.
“You are always trying to separate from the other team in volleyball,” head coach Wayne Kreklow said. “Big serving runs like that are the best ways to create separation.”
The Tiger offense was dominant, as five players had at least six kills while also hitting at least .300. Topping that list was redshirt freshman Kayla Caffey who had 10 kills on 11 attacks, hitting .909.
Other notable performances included redshirt sophomore Riley Sents, who lead the team with 14 digs, Eckenrode, who led the team with 21 assists, and Crow, who had seven kills, five digs and two aces against her former team.
The win was the fourth consecutive one for Mizzou, who are now third place in the SEC, with an SEC record of 4-1 and an overall record of 11-7.
Next up for the Tigers is a home game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The first serve is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13 in the Hearnes Center.