COLUMBIA — After winning the Southeastern Conference volleyball championship Friday night, No. 4 Missouri decisively beat No. 16 Kentucky on the road Sunday.
The 3-0 win brought the Tigers record to 33-0 and secured the outright SEC title with no fear of a co-championship with Florida.
The Tigers won despite the absence of starting middle blocker Whitney Little, who sat out following a painful leg injury late in Friday's match. Coach Wayne Kreklow said Little landed on another player's foot. The landing stressed a bone, but Little avoided a fracture.
"We dodged a bullet on that one," Kreklow said.
He said he hopes Little will be back to play Wednesday.
Little is ranked second in the nation in hitting percentage, but even with the middle blocker missing, the Tigers kept Kentucky from even coming close to winning a set (25-15, 25-20, 25-16).
Lisa Henning and Carly Kan both hit over .500; Henning had 17 kills, and Kan had 15. Emily Wilson added seven.
"We just didn't really let anything faze us," Wilson said. "We were really fired up about playing a tough match today."
The team's dominant play even kept Kentucky's fans at bay, Wayne Kreklow said, though the No. 16 team was playing a senior day match at home.
Now, Wilson said, the team remains hungry to finish the season with a perfect record, refusing to slack in the wake of the SEC championship. The Tigers have that opportunity to win out Wednesday in the last regular-season match on the team's senior night. Missouri will take on Arkansas at 6:30 p.m. at the Hearnes Center.
"We're ready to go on Wednesday," Wilson said.