Missouri volleyball splits final day of Tiger Invitational

Saturday, August 25, 2012 | 10:51 p.m. CDT; updated 12:01 a.m. CDT, Sunday, August 26, 2012

COLUMBIA — Missouri volleyball had not lost a Tiger Invitational match since 2007. That winning streak was alive Saturday afternoon following a win over Nicholls State, but the evening match against Michigan snapped the Tigers’ streak.

After defeating North Florida and Virginia Tech on Friday, the Tigers defeated Nicholls State in straight sets 25-17, 25-13, 25-17. Missouri was led by junior Lisa Henning and sophomore Emily Wilson who both recorded 12 kills apiece and combined for .523 hitting. Sophomore defensive specialist Jade Hayes led the Tigers with 11 digs from the back row.

 The 23rd-ranked Michigan Wolverines proved to be too much, particularly in the first two sets which Michigan won 25-19 and 25-15. The Tigers rallied in the third set to make things interesting, but in the end they lost the final set 25-22.

Missouri had won five consecutive Tiger Invitationals leading into this year’s tournament, and was 31-2 overall in Invitational matches before falling to Michigan. The loss dropped Missouri to 3-1 on the season. The Tigers return to the court on Friday in the opening game of the Lipscomb Invitational in Nashville. They will face Houston at 10a.m.

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