COLUMBIA — No. 7 Missouri volleyball heads to Tuscaloosa to face the Alabama Crimson Tide on Sunday.
The still-undefeated Tigers will face the Crimson Tide in a rematch starting at 1:30 p.m. Alabama is on a three-game winning streak coming into the game, but Missouri's winning streak is more than nine times longer. The 28-0 Tigers are hoping for another win against Alabama, this time on the road, to increase its chance of ending the regular season undefeated.
The last time the two played was Oct. 13 at the Hearnes Center when the Tigers beat the Tide 3-1 (25-22, 22-25, 25-20, 25-17). Alabama took a set from the Tigers during that match. The Crimson Tide are only one of seven teams to do so this season.
According to head coach Wayne Kreklow, the game will be a challenge not only because it'll be on the road, but because of Alabama's red-shirt freshman Krystal Rivers. According to Alabama's athletics website, Rivers has won Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week two weeks in a row. According to NCAA statistics, Rivers is also ninth in the country in hitting percentage (.453) and is the only freshman to appear on that top 10 list.
Missouri's Whitney Little currently sits seven spots above Rivers at the No. 2 spot in hitting percentage.
"Any team is good on any given day, especially in the SEC," said Little, a junior middle blocker, about the upcoming rematch against Alabama. "Georgia beat Kentucky and I never would have predicted for that to ever happen. A&M almost took Florida to five the other day. Anything can happen, and we go into every game prepared for that."