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THIS WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Volleyball upsets Florida, basketball off to strong start

Sunday, November 17, 2013 | 5:06 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Three of Missouri's teams maintained perfect season records this week, with volleyball sweeping Florida and South Carolina and the men's and women's basketball teams acquiring 3-0 season starts.

Volleyball defeats Florida and South Carolina

The Tigers upset the Florida Gators for the second time this season at an away game Friday, improving their record to 30-0 with a 3-0 sweep. The match, which aired on Fox Sports Midwest, marked the first time since 1991 that two Top 10 SEC teams played each other.

On Sunday, the Tigers swept South Carolina and boosted their record to a perfect 31-0. Senior Molly Kreklow contributed 33 assists and matched libero Sarah Meister with eight digs. Senior Lisa Henning and junior Whitney Little each had seven kills.    

Missouri could win its first-ever SEC Championship when it plays Mississippi State at 6:30 p.m. Friday at home.

Men's basketball victorious over Southern Illinois and Hawaii

Missouri men's basketball had a 3-0 season start with wins over Southern Illinois and Hawaii this week. The trio of Jordan Clarkson, Earnest Ross and Jabari Brown emerged as a formidable offensive force, scoring 59 of 72 points at the game Tuesday against Southern Illinois and helping defeat the Salukis 72-59.

The Tigers defeated Hawaii 92-80 on Saturday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. Clarkson made two fouls in the first few minutes of the game and had to sit out for the rest of the half. The Rainbow Warriors led 46-45 at the half, but the Tigers made a comeback. Missouri forward Tony Criswell was reinstated conditionally for Saturday's game after a Nov. 6 suspension.

Women's basketball defeats Evansville

Missouri women's basketball had an equally successful 3-0 season start, defeating Evansville 78-43 on Thursday at Mizzou Arena. Freshman Jordan Frericks scored her first collegiate double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds, while senior Bri Kulas, sophomore Morgan Stock and freshman Sierra Michaelis all scored double-digit points.

The Tigers will play their next game against the Southeast Missouri Redhawks at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Football moves up in AP rankings, Mauk will still play this season

Although the Tigers had a bye week, they moved up one spot in the AP Poll to No. 8 after Stanford dropped five places to No. 10 with a loss to USC.

Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel said that although James Franklin will return to the field in Saturday's game against Ole Miss, freshman quarterback Maty Mauk will still be in the picture. Pinkel said the coaches will decide how much playing time Mauk will get next weekend.

Meanwhile, Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham earned the praise of sports media with his third touchdown catch during the Tigers' Nov. 9 game against Kentucky. Green-Bechkam trapped the ball against Kentucky safety Eric Dixon's helmet before slamming into the ground. Sporting News and SBNation called the catch "spectacular" and "amazing," respectively, while ESPN named it one of the Top 10 plays of the weekend.


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