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THIS WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Volleyball wins SEC Championship; football defeats Ole Miss

Sunday, November 24, 2013 | 6:18 p.m. CST; updated 7:48 p.m. CST, Sunday, November 24, 2013

COLUMBIA — With a 3-0 win over Mississippi State, Missouri volleyball clinched the university's first SEC championship title in its second season in the conference. The win was one of several for Missouri teams this week.

Volleyball takes SEC Championship title with Mississippi State win

The Tigers earned the university's first SEC championship title after defeating Mississippi State 3-0 at Hearnes Center on Friday. The victory also marked coaching duo Wayne and Susan Kreklow's 300th win at Missouri. 

On Sunday, the fourth-ranked team swept Kentucky 3-0, improving its record to 33-0.

The Tigers will face Arkansas, their last opponent in regular season play, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at home. After Arkansas, the team will compete in the NCAA tournament.

Missouri football beats Ole Miss, climbs up in AP poll

Fresh from their week off, the Tigers defeated Ole Miss 24-10 in Oxford, Miss., on Saturday. Missouri's strong defense only allowed 3 points in three trips to the red zone by Ole Miss and less than 400 offensive yards. Saturday night was quarterback James Franklin’s first time in the starting lineup since suffering a right shoulder injury at Georgia on Oct. 12.

The 10-1 team completed its road schedule perfect. The last time the Tigers completed a perfect season on the road was 1979. After Saturday's win and two upsets in the AP's Top 10, Missouri is now ranked at No. 5.

If the Tigers beat No. 19 Texas A&M on Saturday, they will face Alabama in the SEC Championship game on Dec. 7.

Men's basketball beats Gardner-Webb after Antlers group ejected

Accompanying volleyball and football's victories, Missouri basketball celebrated a 72-63 win over Gardner-Webb at home on Saturday. Part of the team's success is due to more confident performances by Ryan Rosburg, who took Alex Oriakhi's place after he graduated. The team remains undefeated with a 4-0 record.

Although the team won, it did so without the help of the its rambunctious cheering squad, the Antlers. The cheering group was ejected from the game for continuing a "pattern of unruly behavior." The Antlers will be allowed to return on Monday when the Tigers face IUPUI at Mizzou Arena.

On Friday, Missouri small forward Stefan Jankovic announced his plans to transfer schools in search of more playing time.

Women's basketball wins two games

The women's basketball defeated two opponents this week. On Thursday, the team beat Southeast Missouri State 62-57 and on Saturday it defeated University of Tennessee-Martin 77-74. The Tigers came from behind in both games, but their strong outside shots and defense earned them two wins to improve their record to 5-0.

The team will play University of Missouri-Kansas City at home at 7 p.m. on Tuesday before traveling to Coral Gables, Fla., to compete in the University of Miami Thanksgiving Tournament on Friday and Saturday.

Swimming wins 2013 Mizzou Invite

Chalking up another success for Missouri teams, the men's swimming and diving team won the 2013 Mizzou Invite. The team recorded eight school records during the three-day event.

Cross-country runner finishes 79th at NCAA Championships

Missouri's only runner in the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., finished 79th out of a field of 253. Freshman Kaitlyn Fischer finished her 6k with a time of 21 minutes and 10 seconds after falling near the halfway mark. 

Fischer was named SEC Freshman of the Year. She was also named to the All-SEC First Team, the All-SEC Freshman Team and All-Region honors.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Stephens.


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