The Missouri volleyball team beat Auburn 3-2 (14-25, 25-16, 25-21, 19-25, 15-13) despite being out-dug, out-killed and out-blocked during their match Sunday in Auburn, Ala.
“This was a huge win for our team,” head coach Wayne Kreklow said in a press release. “To come in and beat an RPI top-50 team on the road after losing the first set like we did speaks a lot about the character of this team. It was a pretty crazy match; we played very well at times and at other times we didn’t. But in the end, we made enough plays to get out of here with a victory.”
Although the first set started out slow for the Tigers, making only nine kills on .143 hitting while allowing Auburn to hit .395 with 17 kills, the team made a come back by winning 25-16 in the second set and 25-21 in the third.
The game was going in favor of Missouri until Auburn took the fourth set 19-25. The teams battled it out in the final set until a kill from sophomore Whitney Little and blocks by junior Molly Kreklow and Little put Missouri in the lead 11-9. The Tigers went on to win the fifth set 15-13.
All-American outside hitter Lisa Henning reached her career high of 27 kills with 13 digs on Sunday. Missouri is now 15-6 overall and 7-4 in SEC play for the season.
The team will play Georgia in a nationally televised match on ESPNU Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Athens, Ga.