Oct. 22, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas - The Mizzou volleyball team saw its three-match winning streak snapped at No. 10 Texas on Saturday evening (Oct. 22) at Gregory Gymnasium with a 3-0 (17-25, 19-25, 14-25) loss to the Longhorns. The loss drops Mizzou to 17-8 on the season and 3-5 in Big 12 play. Freshman Whitney Little (Keller, Texas) was the Tigers' top performer in match as she posted a team-best 10 kills on .444 hitting with one block in a return to her home state.
The key in the match was the play of the Tiger defense which struggled in the loss. In fact, Mizzou tallied just three blocks and only 17 digs, allowing Texas to hit .431 in the match. Texas on the other hand, held Mizzou to .094 hitting as it tallied nine blocks and 29 digs in the sweep.
Reigning Big 12 Player of the week Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) finished the match with nine kills but struggled with 11 attack errors in the match. Senior middle hitter Brittney Brimmage (East St. Louis, Ill.) tallied five kills while sophomore setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) finished the match with three kills and 22 assists.
Mizzou hung around in the first set until the Texas began to pull away midway through the set. After a big block from Brimmage and Kreklow pulled the Tigers within one at 9-8, Texas then scored 11 of the next 15 points to pull away, eventually winning the opening frame, 25-17. Henning led the Tigers with four kills in the set, but she did have seven attack errors. Little, a Texas native, was the Tigers' top attacker in the first with two kills on two swings while adding a solo block.
The Tigers kept things close throughout the second set as the play of Little and Brimmage carried Mizzou through the frame, but it was not enough as UT won the second, 25-19, despite the effort of the Tiger middle hitters. Mizzou's offense was much better in the second set, posting 12 kills on 28 attacks, but the Tiger back row struggled, pulling in just five digs. In fact, heading into intermission, Mizzou had just 10 digs (five per set). Mizzou came into the match averaging more than 13 digs per frame this season.
Out of intermission, Mizzou fell behind quickly in the third set at 8-3 and never recovered. The back-row passing broke down for the Tigers midway through the set and Texas ran away with the final frame, 25-14. Little had a nice frame with six kills in the third on just 10 swings, but Mizzou was aced four times and the Texas serve kept Mizzou out of system throughout the third set.
Mizzou will return to action next Wednesday at Kansas State. That match will air live on Fox Sports Kansas City. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MU_Volleyball.