Oct. 4, 2008
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -
The Missouri volleyball team (8-7, 2-3 Big 12) fell to Texas A&M (7-8, 2-3 Big 12) in College Station, Texas Saturday night in five sets, 27-25, 19-25, 18-25, 25-23, 4-15. Sophomore Julianna Klein (Keota, Iowa) would score 20 kills and added three blocks and eight digs, but after a close set-one win the Tigers struggled in certain games to fall in five.
Megan Wilson and Weiwen Wang added 12 and 10 kills, respectively.
Junior Amanda Hantouli led the Tigers with five blocks and added seven kills. Freshman Brittany Brimmage came off the bench to score four kills and three blocks.
Junior Lei Wang spread 42 assists, adding 12 digs and two blocks.
After outblocking the Aggies 6-1 in the first frame, the Tigers ended the match outblocked 16-9.
Texas A&M was led by Mary Batis' match-high 23 kills, adding 11 digs and five blocks.
After being down as much as four at 15-11, the Tigers came back with an 8-3 run to capture a 19-18 lead after a four-point service run by Armendariz. Hantouli connected on two blocks in a row as part of her set-leading four block tally. The teams tied back-and-forth to 25-25 before a Hantouli-Megan Wilson double block of a Mary Batis "pipe" shot from the back row gave Mizzou a chance at its third set point. The Aggies couldn't contain the Tiger serve and made a hitting error to give MU the 27-25 set win. Klein connected on seven kills on .312 hitting (7-2-16) to lead the Tiger fight. In total, the MU and the Aggies tied 11 times.
The Tigers once again fell behind early in the second set, down 10-6 before tying at 11-11 after two double-blocks and two kills. A&M went on a 5-1 run to put the Tigers down 16-12 and force an MU timeout. But, MU scoring three points off kills in the next four rallies pulled the score to 17-15 and Weiwen Wang ace pulled it within one at 17-16. Megan Wilson scored three kills in a four-point stretch to keep it at a one-point, 20-19 contest. But, A&M closed the set with five-straight points to take the set 25-19. Mizzou was held to a .071 hitting percentage in the set, Klein was held to three kills while Megan Wilson connected on seven scores on the kill.
Although Klein started the third set with three-straight kills on three Mizzou points, the Aggies would sideout and go on a 13-4 run to lead 14-7. The Tigers tried to manage a comeback, going on a 6-2 run of its own to pull within three at 16-13, but that was as close as the score would get as A&M would take the set 25-18. Klein scored five kills in the frame on .364 hitting, but the team only tallied nine total kills in the set on a .079 average to the Aggie .333 (16-3-39).
Mizzou was the one that took control early in the fourth set, scoring a 6-0 run to go up 9-4 before an A&M timeout. Nearly continuous back-and-forth sideouts would dictate play with A&M grabbing three extra points on the way to 17-15. Mizzou scored twice in a row to go up 19-15 and force an Aggie timeout. The Aggies would tie the score after a 4-0 run to make it a 19-19 ballgame. Back-and-forth again with ties and sideouts all the way to 23-23 before Mizzou would score the two in a row needed off an A&M blocking error and Klein's 19th kill of the match.
The Tigers fell early in the fifth set as A&M opened the frame with a 6-0 run and Mizzou could not recover.
Mizzou next travels to No. 17 Kansas State (14-3, 4-2 Big 12) on Wednesday evening. The contest will be aired on FSN affiliates in Kansas City and Columbia.
SATURDAY IN THE BIG 12
Iowa State def. Oklahoma, 25-15, 26-24, 25-14
Nebraska def. Colorado, 25-19, 25-15, 26-24
Texas def. Kansas State, 25-20, 25-21, 25-16
Texas Tech lost to Kansas, 19-25, 25-17, 23-25, 22-25
Home team listed first