Tigers Fall to No. 9 Texas in Four Sets

<i>Brittney Brimmage had nine kills on senior night.</i>

Brittney Brimmage had nine kills on senior night.

Nov. 19, 2011

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou volleyball team fell to No. 9 Texas, 3-1 (19-25, 28-26, 9-25, 11-25), on Saturday night at the Hearnes Center. The loss drops the Tigers to 20-12 on the year and 6-9 in Big 12 play as they have one match remaining in the regular season. Sophomore Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) led the Tigers with 17 kills and nine digs while senior Brittney Brimmage (East St. Louis, Ill.) posted nine kills.

The match was the Tigers' senior night as Brimmage and libero Priscilla Armendariz (Blue Springs, Mo.) were honored before the match. Both played well as Brimmage finished with her nine kills while pitching in four blocks and Armendariz pitched in a team-high 15 digs in the match.

Aside from Henning and Brimmage, the Tigers did not get offense from a lot of different targets but a pair of freshmen had decent matches as Katie O'Brien (Dallas, Texas) and Emily Wilson (Omaha, Neb.) had seven kills and six kills, respectively. In the back row, freshman Sarah Meister (San Diego, Calif.) continued her fine play as of late with 12 digs in the four sets while classmate Jade Hayes (Ozark, Mo.) pulled in seven. Brimmage led the Tigers defensively at the net with four blocks.

The first set was very competitive as the teams played even throughout the early stages of the set. In fact, the Mizzou led through much of the set until Texas battled back to tie the frame at 15-15 after a kill from Bailey Webster. From that point, Texas went on a 5-2 run to build a 22-17 lead that put the set out of reach at 25-19. Henning led Mizzou with six kills in the first.

The second set was also a battle as neither team could build a substantial lead as both offenses were firing on all cylinders. Texas began to pull away late at 24-21, but Mizzou overcame three set points to knot the score at 24-24 on a kill from Henning. After an attack error from Whitney Little (Keller, Texas) gave Texas the lead back, a kill from Brimmage and an attack error from UT's Haley Eckerman gave Mizzou a 26-25 edge, forcing a UT timeout. Texas tied the score back at 26-26 but consecutive Longhorn errors clinched the second for Mizzou at 28-26.

Through two sets, Mizzou was hitting .286, including a .317 clip with 19 kills in the second set alone. Henning led Mizzou with 12 kills on .333 hitting through the first two sets while Brimmage was also very good, boasting seven kills on .429 hitting. Also, Mizzou had 30 digs through the first two sets as seven of the eight Tigers to play had a dig, led by six from both Armendariz and Henning.

Texas came out of intermission and dominated the third set, winning 25-9 as Mizzou head coach Wayne Kreklow used his reserves down the stretch. Mizzou hit -.038 with seven kills and eight errors on 26 attacks while UT hit .458 with 13 kills on 24 swings. The fourth set was nearly a carbon copy of the third as Texas won, 25-11, clinching the match.

Mizzou will be back in action next Saturday in the season-finale at Texas Tech at 7 p.m. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MU_Volleyball.



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