COLUMBIA — With a 3-0 sweep at South Carolina on Sunday afternoon the Tigers brought themselves within one win of securing the SEC championship.
Senior Molly Kreklow led the short match (25-13, 25-12, 25-16) with 33 assists and matched libero Sarah Meister with eight digs. Senior Lisa Henning and junior Whitney Little both had seven kills.
Junior Regan Peltier had two kills in the victory, including the match-finisher.
"It's nice to know that you finished the game and you put the cap on a game," she said.
Now 31-0, the team was coming off a sweep at No. 5 Florida but knew South Carolina wouldn't hand the match to them.
"We were all very focused," Peltier said. "We knew we still had a lot to prove."
That's the recurring theme for the team this year. But now that the Tigers are 31-0, what do they still have to prove?
At the beginning of the year, the team's goals included winning the SEC Championship and getting to the semifinals of the NCAA tournament, Peltier said.
"At the beginning of the season, we all had faith that the goals that we were setting were achievable," Peltier said.
Now the team wants to continue on that trajectory.
"We just want to prove that we're a force to be reckoned with," Peltier said.
The Florida sweep also gave the team a more solid confidence, freshman Emily Thater said in a post-match broadcast.
"We can give anybody a good game," she said.
The Tigers face Mississippi State at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Hearnes Center. The team is one game away from clinching the SEC Championship.