COLUMBIA — The Missouri volleyball team played its second Southeastern Conference match of the weekend Sunday. After losing to No. 16 Florida 3-0 on Friday, Missouri beat Louisiana State 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25- 14).
Many people wearing purple and gold T-shirts in support of LSU sat in the northwest section of Hearnes Center, but LSU's surprisingly high fan support did nothing in its game against Missouri.
“I feel fortunate because Sundays in this league are hard for the road team because you’ve been on the road since Thursday,” Missouri head coach Wayne Kreklow said. “So it’s tough for them. I’m sure their disappointed and didn’t feel like they played very well.
“I thought we did a lot of really good things and really put pressure on them and attacked them."
During the halftime break, a few Missouri volleyball team alumnae were recognized as part of the team’s Tiger Alumni Day. Past players such as Abbie Booth, Weiwen Wang and Lisa Boyd were a few of the alumnae who were acknowledged during Sunday’s match.
Junior setter Molly Kreklow was a dominant force throughout the game. She made 41 assists while tallying five kills on six errorless attacks with two aces, three digs and two blocks. The team made 11.5 blocks during the match.
“I just think that we all were pretty excited to play today," Molly Kreklow said. “This was a big game for us in terms of making the (NCAA) tournament.”
Freshman Regan Peltier said that she feels confident in the team’s ability to end the season on a high note and make it to the NCAA tournament. She also said the team has been having really good practices these past few weeks and has been working "super hard" to improve its game.
“We have every opportunity, no matter in the tournament or out of the tournament, to end this season very well,” Peltier said.
The Tigers will head back on the road for two more SEC matchups, first against Texas A&M at 6:30 p.m. Friday in College Station, Texas, and then against Mississippi State at 1:30 p.m Sunday in Starkville, Miss.