No. 8 Tigers Find Pot of Gold From No. 6 Rainbow Wahine in Biggest Win in Program History, Is One of NCAA's Elite Eight

Tatum Ailes

Dec. 9, 2005

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa.--The No. 8-ranked and No. 10-seeded Missouri women's volleyball team defeated No. 6-ranked and No. 7-seeded Hawai'i Friday afternoon in the regional semifinal of the NCAA Tournament, winning 30-26, 26-30, 30-27, and 30-22. The Tigers' (25-4) win over Hawai'I marks the highest-ranked team a Mizzou squad has defeated all-time. Mizzou will make its first appearance in school history in the regional final, tomorrow, at 3 p.m., central, playing either No. 2 Penn State or No. 17 Tennessee, live on ESPNU.


Missouri vs Penn State/Tennessee - NCAA Regional Final - State College, Pa.

Saturday, December 10 - 3:00 p.m. CT

TV: ESPNU (simulcast on TigerVision in Mizzou Arena following men's basketball game versus Texas A&M-Corpus Christi)

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The Tigers took down Hawai'I (27-7) on solid passing, serving, and blocking, recording 16 blocks to the Rainbow Wahines' eight. Senior Lisa Boyd (Farmington, Mo.) tallied eight total blocks, four solo, to lead the Tigers. Junior Nicole Wilson added with seven total blocks, and broke the team's season record in block assists, going to 118 in the 2005 campaign.


Senior Lindsey Hunter (Papillion, Neb.) became only the 17th person in NCAA history to reach the 6,000-assist mark for a career, adding 55 in the afternoon (now at 6,035) capping with three vital service aces to begin the Tigers' game four streak. Hunter also added two blocks, five kills, and seven digs.


Sophomore Na Yang (Shan Dong, China) led the Tigers with 24 kills, on a Tiger-NCAA Tournament record 66 attacks. Yang added three blocks, including one solo stuff.


Sophomore Tatum Ailes (Bellevue, Neb.) had a stellar-defensive performance, scooping 26 digs, a Mizzou-NCAA Tournament record, also recording a career high in the category.


Senior Shen Danru (Beijing, China), playing in her school-record 441st career game, recorded the 59th double-double of her career, scoring on 12 kills and 12 digs.


In the Tigers' game one, 30-26 win, Mizzou went on a four-point run to go up 13-7 to start the spread on Hawaii. Never falling behind in the entire the game, the Tigers were paced Na Yang who scored on seven kills, with Vander Kooi adding four. Mizzou outhit the Rainbow Wahine in the first frame .241 to .173. Wilson added three blocks in the stanza. After the Tigers went up 13-7, forcing a UH timeout, the `Bows went on a 8-2 run to come within one of Mizzou at 16-15. A Tiger 6-2 run including a Danru ace kept the `Bows at length at 22-17, but UH fought back coming within two at 27-25.  


Hawaii took control of game two, going on a 6-1 run after each team tied at each score heading to 4-4. Mizzou started to feel the heat of UH's serving, as it caused the Tigers to have a minor lapse in passing. Hawaii kept control of the frame and won 30-26.


The Tigers were down in game three 11-8 before Mizzou went on a 5-0 run, culminating with two Yang kills to go up 13-11. The teams traded scores for the next several points and the Tigers took hold with a 5-1 run with three kills from Yang. The teams battled point-for-point until with Mizzou down 24-24, the Tigers scored on seven-of-10 rallies to seal the fame, that stretch included three more kills from Yang. In what was a "scrappy" game, Mizzou outhit the `Bows .169, .141.


What a start for Mizzou in game four. In the first 15 points of the period, the Tigers scored on 12 rallies to take firm grip on their possible-tournament advancement. It all started with a serving period by Hunter. After a kill by Yang to lead off the game, Yang and Wilson were part of a double block before Hunter scored on THREE-consecutive service aces to stun the Rainbow Wahine. Two consecutive block solos by Boyd at the eighth and ninth point, put Hawaii in a worse position. UH tried to rally a comeback, coming back to within five, after being down nine at 15-6, but was thwarted by another Hunter-serving run. Three-straight points came the Tigers way, again including a big-Yang kill. The Tigers closed the book on the match with a Boyd kill. Ailes had eight blocks in game four alone.


The Tigers will play either No. 2 Penn State or No. 17 Tennessee in the regional championship, Saturday, at 3 p.m., central. The match will be aired live on ESPNU. Following Missouri's men's basketball game with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, fans are invited to stay in Mizzou Arena and watch the volleyball match on TigerVision.

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