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THIS WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Missouri football defeats Vanderbilt; volleyball 18-0 on season

Sunday, October 6, 2013 | 5:20 p.m. CDT; updated 7:12 p.m. CDT, Sunday, October 6, 2013

COLUMBIA — The Missouri football team made headlines this week with its first conference win over Vanderbilt and the volleyball team continued its perfect season with a sweep of Auburn.

Missouri defeats Vanderbilt, enters AP rankings

The Tigers cruised to a 51-28 victory Saturday night over the Vanderbilt Commodores in what coach Gary Pinkel described as a "high-energy" game. Quarterback James Franklin helped lead the team to an easy win with 343 yards and four touchdown passes, securing a 5-0 season for Missouri. The Tigers will face off against the Georgia Bulldogs at 11 a.m. Saturday in Athens, Ga.

After Saturday's win, Missouri entered The Associated Press college football poll at No. 25, just behind No. 23 Northern Illinois and No. 24 Virginia Tech. This is the first time the Tigers have been ranked since week 2 of the 2011 football season, when they scored the No. 21 spot.

Volleyball continues undefeated season

The volleyball team maintained its flawless season with a sweep against Auburn on Friday. Now 18-0 for the season, the Tigers have two conference victories under their belt. Though Auburn proved to be tough competition for Missouri, nearly winning the first set, a well-timed kill by freshman Carly Kan helped get the Tigers back on track.

The Tigers will play their next game against Austin Peay State University at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hearnes Center.

Missouri swimming claims Show-Me Showdown title

Missouri's men's and women's swimming teams opened their respective seasons with strong starts at Friday's ninth annual Show-Me Showdown. The women's team won 11 out of 13 events, securing the title, and the men's team won with a score of 673. The yearly event pits teams throughout Missouri against one another. This year, Missouri competed against teams from Drury, Lindenwood, Maryville, Missouri S&T, Missouri State, Truman State, Washington University and William Jewell.

Missouri swimming coach Greg Rhodenbaugh said he appreciated the opportunity for the team to face colleges they wouldn't normally compete against, adding that the meet was an excellent way to "keep everybody in contact across all the different divisions of NCAA." Missouri will compete against Florida on Oct. 17.

Mixed week for Missouri soccer

On Friday, the Tigers tied 1-1 with Vanderbilt. Junior Kaysie Clark scored the Tigers' only goal, and goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein had four saves before the game went into two overtimes. The Tigers recorded 15 shots in overtime play but were unable to score.

The Tigers fell to Texas A&M 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at their "Play for Pink" game. Missouri is now 6-6-1 overall and 2-2-1 in conference.


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