The Missouri volleyball team looked fine in front of a crowd Friday. It was the match that hardly anyone saw that didn't look so good.
The Tigers split two matches in their own round-robin tournament at Hearnes Center, losing the opener 3-1 (31-29, 16-30, 30-26, 30-28) to Creighton before rebounding to beat Arkansas State 3-1 (30-32, 30-24, 30-28, 30-21).
Both shots were “lucky.” The players managed to beat out their defenders, and as they each fired at the goal and saw their balls sail over the goalkeeper’s head, one watched hers hit the back of the net, while another saw her ball bounce off the crossbeam of the goal.
“The difference was their once in a lifetime shot went in and ours didn’t today,” Coach Bryan Blitz said.
In a battle between two top-five football teams in the state, it took nearly two and half quarters before either side scored a point.
When the game was over, No. 3 Rockhurst outlasted No. 5 Hickman, 14-7, at Hickman High Friday night.
When junior Josh Conyers said he was confident his defense could stop the Smith-Cotton Tigers on Friday, he wasn’t kidding.
The Rock Bridge Bruins improved to 2-0 and held the Tigers’ offense scoreless until the fourth quarter. By then, the Bruins had a big enough lead to leave the field with a 42-14 victory in their home opener.