THIS WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Missouri football defeats Florida, volleyball goes 23-0

Sunday, October 20, 2013 | 7:02 p.m. CDT; updated 8:15 p.m. CDT, Sunday, October 20, 2013

COLUMBIA — The Tigers celebrated several victories in Southeastern Conference play this week, with the football team securing a win over Florida and the volleyball team continuing its undefeated streak.

Missouri crushes Florida, enters Top Ten in AP rankings

Missouri continued its series of conference wins Saturday, cruising to a 36-17 victory over Florida. With James Franklin sidelined for the next few weeks, all eyes were on backup quarterback Maty Mauk, who made his starting debut at the game. Although Mauk's performance on the field wasn't flawless, his role in the Tigers' 500-yard performance earned him plenty of praise from Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel.

Fans made an extra effort to show their support at Saturday's game, setting up tailgating tents as early as 5:45 a.m. and filling the stadium 45 minutes before play started.

The victory helped boost the previously No. 14 Tigers to the No. 5 spot in the AP rankings. Missouri also debuted in the season's first BCS rankings at No. 5. Missouri faces South Carolina at 6 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium as part of MU's annual Homecoming celebration.

Volleyball continues perfect season

The Tigers reached their 22nd consecutive victory Friday with a 3-1 win over Georgia. All-American Lisa Henning led the team with 20 kills and three aces, in addition to tying libero Sarah Meister with 12 digs. Missouri volleyball coach Wayne Kreklow said Henning's improvements in passing and defense have made a difference.

The Tigers' winning streak continued Sunday with a 3-1 victory over No. 2 Florida.

The team is now 23-0, the best record in the nation.

Soccer defeats South Carolina, ties with Auburn

The Missouri soccer team had its own weekend victory to celebrate, defeating South Carolina 2-1 on Friday. That's the second time this season that the Tigers have defeated a No. 7 team, a feat last accomplished in 2008. Junior Taylor Grant and senior Alyssa Diggs scored the winning goals, and junior goalie McKenzie Sauerwein had seven saves throughout the game.

The Tigers tied Auburn 1-1 Sunday afternoon.

Swimming and diving defeated at SEC season opener

Missouri's swimming and diving team fell short Thursday, dropping its conference season opener to Florida. The men were defeated 169-130, while the women had a 181-109 loss. Still, the Tigers won seven events, four on the men's side and three on the women's side.

Missouri coach Greg Rhodenbaugh said his team had never before faced an opponent of Florida's caliber in a dual meet.

The Tigers will compete against Kentucky, Northwestern and Southern Illinois on Oct. 24-25 in Carbondale, Ill.

Basketball holds Black and Gold scrimmages

Missouri's men's and women's basketball teams held their annual Black and Gold scrimmages Tuesday at Mizzou Arena. Fans who showed up to watch the men's scrimmage had their first look at the players replacing departed seniors Laurence Bowers and Alex Oriakhi.

A preseason poll predicted the men's basketball team would finish fifth in the SEC.

The women's basketball team, predicted to finish ninth in the SEC, is fairly young, with only four upperclassmen. Head coach Robin Pingeton said the scrimmage was a good opportunity for the newcomers to "get their feet wet." The team is scheduled to begin its regular season Nov. 8, while SEC play will start Jan. 2.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Stephens.

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