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.
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
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