The Missouri volleyball team earned its second sweep of Alabama this season on Wednesday night in Columbia.
With Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament looming at the end of Thanksgiving weekend, the Tigers dominated the Crimson Tide, 25-15, 25-18, 25-20. Missouri (20-10, 13-4 SEC) held a 42-25 kill advantage for the match and the attack held steady to put Alabama (18-13, 6-11) away.
During the first set, Crimson Tide coach Ed Allen headed to into the locker room with an apparent illness and did not return to the sidelines. With assistant coach Ryan Freeburg taking over the helm, the Tide still couldn’t handle Missouri in all facets of the game.
Redshirt senior Melanie Crow posted a match-high 12 kills. Senior Sydney Deeken also added to the attack with nine kills, and redshirt senior Kira Larson added eight.
Seniors Courtney Eckenrode and Ali Kreklow provided efficient distribution for the Tiger offense with 18 and 15 assists, respectively.
As impressive as the Missouri offense was in this match, its defense was stunning. With an 11-6 block advantage, the Tigers held the Crimson Tide to a .043 hitting percentage. The Missouri defense also held Alabama to a .000 hitting percentage in the second set.
Larson was also a force on defense with four blocks and four digs for the Tigers. Junior Alyssa Munlyn was dominant at the net for Missouri once again with eight blocks.
Larson and Munlyn both received All-SEC honors prior to Wednesday’s match, and freshmen Kayla Caffey and Leketor Member-Meneh were selected to the SEC All-Freshman team.
Even with the individual accolades, Missouri’s hope is to continue its season into the NCAA Tournament. A victory over No. 3 ranked Florida on Saturday would boost the Tigers’ chances.
Missouri will conclude its regular season when the Gators come to Hearnes Center. The first serve is set for 1:30 p.m. Saturday on SEC Network+.