COLUMBIA — The Missouri volleyball team defeated North Dakota State 3-0 on Saturday night at Hearnes Center and won the Tiger Invitational in the process.
Both Missouri and North Dakota State hadn’t dropped a single game entering Saturday night’s title match. Missouri defeated Tulane earlier on Saturday 25-19, 25-21, 25-14 to reach the championship with a 3-0 record.
Missouri coach Wayne Kreklow said there were several times when he had to keep his team focused, especially during the first set.
“I just told them they hit a great shot. Refocus on the next ball. We did a good job doing simple things well,” Kreklow said.
Kreklow called North Dakota State a 20-win team that had a good possibility of reaching the NCAA Tournament this season.
"A lot of times we were really pushed. We had to battle with these guys," Kreklow said.
Molly Kreklow was named the tournament MVP, recording 39 assists during in the victory over North Dakota State.
Molly Kreklow commented on how North Dakota State and Tulane played at different tempos. Tulane tried to slow things down, while North Dakota State tried to play fast.
Freshman Emily Wilson, who was named to the all-tournament team, continued to impress. She racked up 23 kills during Saturday's two games.
Wilson said she had high expectations going into the Tiger Invitational and focused on being consistent throughout the entire tournament.
Missouri will play in the Middle Tennessee Blue Raider Bash from Sept. 2 through Sept. 4 in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Before that, they will play tournament host, Middle Tennessee State, on Sept 1.