COLUMBIA — The No. 7 Missouri volleyball team faces a difficult road challenge in its bid to remain undefeated as the team heads into Friday's match against Auburn.
Friday will be the second time the teams have played this season. Their first meeting came on on Oct. 4 when Missouri swept Auburn in three sets (27-25, 25-11, 25-21) at the Hearnes Center. Things might not be so easy for Missouri this time around, though.
"It'll be really different to play them at their house," junior middle blocker Whitney Little said. "We've been on the road a lot, but we've also been at home so much. We had a long stretch home, and now we are going to have that long stretch away. I think that'll be a really good test for us."
Missouri coach Wayne Kreklow said that Auburn runs a 6-2 offense, which means they always play with three hitters. Kreklow also said his team will prepare for the rematch against Auburn by reviewing footage from the Oct. 4 match.
During that game, Auburn forced Missouri into extra points in the first set. The Tigers were also in danger of dropping their first set of the season after trailing late by three points, but they rallied to finish the set 27-25, and maintained their perfect record.
Nine matches later, and the Tigers' record is still perfect. With only seven matches left before the postseason, the Tigers have the chance to end the regular season unbeaten for the first time.
"I knew this team definitely was capable of something like this," freshman Linda Steinhardt said. "I think being here and seeing everyone and meeting everyone in the program, it makes sense that this is happening, and I think we've earned this and as long as we continue to do what we are doing the sky is the limit."
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