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    Saturday Volleyball RESULTS
    Mizzou 3, Seton Hall 0
    Tennessee 3, UT-Martin 1
    LSU 3, TAMU-Corpus Christi 0
    Kentucky 3, Liberty 0
    Alabama 3, UNC-Wilmington 2
    Furman 3, South Carolina 1
    Tulsa 3, Mississippi State 2
    Arkansas 3, Kansas 2
    Ole Miss 3, Arkansas State 1
    Nebraska 3, Georgia 0
    Winthrop 3, South Carolina 0
    Mizzou 3, Colgate 0
    Tennessee 3, Charlotte 0
    Kentucky 3, E. Tennessee 0
    Baylor 3, Mississippi State 1
    Florida 3, Stanford 1
    LSU 3, Rice 1

    Mizzou Uses Defense to Sweep Seton Hall

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Mizzou volleyball team improved to 7-0 for the first time since 2010 with a 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-15) sweep over Seton Hall in its second match of the Yale Invitational on Saturday morning (Sept. 7). Senior All-American Lisa Henning (Blue Spring, Mo.) led Mizzou with 14 kills on .429 hitting and freshman Julia Towler (Blue Springs, Mo.) came off the bench and matched the Mizzou rally scoring record with five solo blocks as the Tigers are off to their best start since their Sweet 16 team in 2010. Mizzou limited Seton Hall to .000 hitting in the match with a season-high 13 blocks while tallying 50 digs, a three-set season-high. 
    “The challenge in these tournaments is having to play early matches after playing late and I thought we did a good job this morning of coming back after a big win last night,” head coach Wayne Kreklow said. “Seton Hall won 18 games last year and brought back a lot of kids so that is another good win for us early in the season.” 
    Aside from Henning, Mizzou got six kills on 12 attacks from junior Emily Wilson (Omaha, Neb.). Whitney Little (Keller, Texas) and Carly Kan (Honolulu, Haw.) each added six kills while Towler pitched in three while leading the team with six total blocks. Sophomore Regan Peltier (Nixa, Mo.) also came in and added six kills. The Tigers posted 13.0 blocks in just three sets, highlighted by Towler’s six. Junior libero Sarah Meister (San Diego, Calif.) finished with a season-high 18 digs while freshman Loxley Keala (Honolulu, Haw.) added 10. 
    The Tigers avoided a hangover from last night’s win over Yale by jumping out to a 5-1 lead in set one and extended that advantage to 13-8 after two big blocks from Henning and Emily Thater (Springfield, Mo.), forcing a timeout by Seton Hall. Those two blocks were part of an 8-1 run by the Tigers as they pulled away to a 19-9 lead and never looked back, claiming the first set, 25-13. Henning had four kills on just 10 swings and Mizzou tallied five blocks in the set led by two from Towler who came off the bench late in the set.
    The Tigers continued to roll in the second set as everything was clicking, opening a 19-9 lead and after Seton Hall rallied to make it close, the Tigers closed the door to win 25-16 after a Seton Hall error. Mizzou had 16 kills on .316 hitting in the second set. Henning led Mizzou with 11 kills on .409 hitting through two sets. In fact, the Tigers had nearly twice as many kills through two sets with 31 while Seton Hall had just 16. 
    Towler tallied three consecutive blocks to open the third set as Mizzou went on top 4-1 early and took command of the set en-route to a 25-15 win. Mizzou will close action at the Yale Invitational with Colgate later this afternoon. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to and follow the team on twitter @MizzouVB.

    Tennessee Takes Out UTM, 3-1

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Capitalizing on solid defense and a boost of runs in the last three sets, Tennessee volleyball picked up its third-straight victory over the weekend against UT Martin on Saturday at Maclellan Gym in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Lady Vols won, 3-1 (16-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-17), and improve to 5-1 on the season.
    "I was very happy with the way we were able to come back from a slow start," head coach Rob Patrick said. "Our defense really started to pick up in the second set. We had four players in double digits digs led by Ellen Mullins. I was very happy to see that type of production from our back row players."
    Freshman Jamie Lea led the team with 17 kills, while freshman Ashley Mariani added 12. Senior Whitney Heeres laid down nine kills and junior Shealyn Kolosky recorded eight, hitting a team-best .350. Kolosky also led the team in blocks, rejecting eight UT Martin balls.
    Tallying her third-straight double-double, sophomore Lexi Dempsey dished out 45 assists and scooped up 11 digs on the day. Senior libero Ellen Mullins registered 20 digs, while sophomore Megan Hatcher added 11 and freshman Bridgette Villano scooped up 10.
    The Skyhawks jumped to an early 5-0 lead over the Lady Vols in the first set. Tennessee gained a late-set surge and took its first lead of the game at 21-20. The two teams battled back and forth with UT Martin eventually winning the first set, 29-27.
    After trailing at the beginning of the second set, UT went on a 10-0 run with junior Nikki Brice serving, and charged to a 15-7 lead over the Skyhawks. During that span, the Lady Vols recorded three blocks and three kills, while UT Martin had five miscues. Tennessee claimed the second game, 25-20, tying up the match, 1-1.
    "Nikki Brice did a fantastic job of serving today," Patrick said. "She put a lot of pressure on UT Martin and allowed us to score points. You don't see a lot of digs for her in this match, but there were a lot of things she did to put us in a successful position."
    UT took advantage of a 6-0 run in the third set to go up 13-8 over the Skyhawks. Two service aces from Mullins after a Mariani kill put Tennessee ahead 18-11 late in the set. The Orange & White claimed a 25-20 set victory.
    Tennessee closed out the fourth set on a 10-3 run, winning 25-17, and taking the match, 3-1.
    UT is now 5-3 all-time against the Skyhawks, and has won the last four-straight.
    Tennessee caps off the Country Inns & Suites Invitational against Charlotte at 6 p.m.

    LSU Shuts Down A&M-CC in 3-0 Win

    HOUSTON, Texas – The LSU volleyball team turned in a strong defensive performance with 13 blocks and held Texas A&M Corpus Christi to a paltry .086 hitting percentage during a 3-0 sweep [25-16, 25-22, 25-20] Saturday at Tudor Fieldhouse during the first match of day two at the Rice Invitational.
    LSU (5-0) collected its second consecutive sweep and improved to 5-0 on the season for the first time since 2010. The Tigers have now won both all-time meetings with Texas A&M Corpus Christi (1-4). 
    “I was extremely proud of our blocking effort especially early in the match to set the tone,” head coach Fran Flory said. “Our front row changed the complexion of the match. We were able to answer behind the line as well. Texas A&M Corpus Christi is a hard team to play because they dig a lot of balls. Our hitters have a tendency to get frustrated in that situation. I’m happy with the poise and composure that our team was able to maintain. We did a great job of seizing the opportunities when we had them.”   
    Briana Holman smashed a team-leading 14 kills en route to a career-best .591 hitting percentage. It marked the third straight match that Holman has put away double digit kills. Malorie Pardo notched another solid all-around effort with 31 assists, five digs, four blocks and two kills. The four blocks equaled a career-high for Pardo. 
    Cati Leak totaled eight kills and two digs over her two sets of action. She had her streak of four consecutive double-doubles to start the 2013 season come to a close. Khourtni Fears notched five kills and five blocks, while Madi Mahaffey registered a team-high six blocks highlighted by three solo stuffs. 
    LSU’s back row was superb and produced a stout 68 percent sideout efficiency for the match. Making her first career start at libero, Haley Smith sprawled out for 16 digs and added two assists. Katie Lindelow totaled 13 digs, four kills and two blocks from the outside hitter spot. 
    The Islanders received double dips from Ivy Beresh (16 kills, 16 digs), Logan Bourque (32 assists, 13 digs) and Brianna Brink (10 kills, 10 digs). 
    “Today was a great step for Haley Smith,” Flory said. “She had a great week in practice, and her performance in this match was a testament to playing like you practice. Haley prepared extremely well, and the proof is in the stats. To have 16 digs in a three-set match is outstanding. I thought she served and passed at a high level as well. She made a big statement and showed that she wants to wear that different color jersey.”
    “It has been important to us to establish what we want to accomplish during these first couple of weeks of the season,” Smith said. “We’re not looking past any matches, and we’re trying to play each point one at a time. The front row was very disciplined with their blocks in this match, and it makes it very easy to dig the ball. I think Coach (Flory) has a lot of confidence in this team. We have a lot of depth, and today was my turn to be in the libero position. Everyone can accomplish their goals no matter what position they are put in.”
    LSU led wire-to-wire during the first set as the Tigers buried a .333 hitting clip and converted on 15-of-17 in the sideout department. The Tigers surged ahead 11-5 after consecutive kills from Pardo and Fears. The Islanders got as close as 13-9, but LSU fired back with eight of the next 12 points to race out a 21-13 advantage. During the run, the Tigers got kills from Fears, Holman and Leak in addition to forcing Texas A&M Corpus Christi into three hitting errors. LSU closed out the 25-16 triumph on Holman’s third spike of the frame. 
    The two teams split the first 24 points of set two and exchanged the lead five times before the Tigers notched a trio of blocks all involving Mahaffey to surge out to a 17-12 lead. Texas A&M Corpus Christi charged back to get within two points on two occasions, the latest at 21-19. Holman belted a key sideout kill for the Tigers, and Mahaffey ended a long rally to secure the 25-22 win. 
    Ahead 15-13 during the third set, LSU rode Holman’s right arm to three quick kills to extend its lead to a 19-13 margin. The Islanders rallied with five consecutive points of their own to make it 19-18. After a LSU timeout, the Tigers forced Texas A&M Corpus Christi into a service error and a pair of hitting miscues to go back up by four points at 22-18. Leak hammered home two kills coupled with another Islander attacking error to close out the sweep by a 25-20 margin. Holman was a spotless six-for-six as the Tigers popped a .300 hitting percentage.  
    “Briana’s connection with Malorie is getting better and better with each match that passes,” Flory said. “I’m sure if you ask Briana, she probably feels that she didn’t play that well because she didn’t have the big and physical kills. I thought she hit some shots today that are not defendable. She went over the top, into the corners and to the back line. When she can do that, she’s awfully difficult to defend. We’re hopeful that this match can be a big step in her maturation.” 
    LSU faces off with tournament host Rice to conclude the Rice Invitational. First serve is slated for 7 p.m. from Tudor Fieldhouse. Live audio and live stats will be available for free inside the Geaux Zone at
    “Rice is always a tough opponent for us to play,” Flory said. “We have a great deal of respect for their coaching staff and their players. We understand that we will have to execute against a very tough game plan. They run a fast offense with a deceptive setter. Our goal is to serve-and-pass tough, and get them out-of-system as much as possible. This is going to be a great much for us playing against an opponent in their home gym.”  
    For all of the latest news and information on Tiger volleyball, visit Fans can also follow the program on its social media outlets at along with @lsuvolleyball and @lsucoachfran on Twitter and @lsuvb on Instagram.

    Wildcats Sweep Liberty

    LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 21 Kentucky volleyball team used a career-best performance from freshman Anni Thomasson to sweep Liberty 3-0 (25-22, 25-17 and 25-20) in its second match of the eighth-annual Kentucky Classic Saturday morning at Memorial Coliseum.
    After a five-set thriller to open the home campaign Friday night against VCU, it was another back-and-forth battle between the Wildcats (3-2) and Flames (1-6). UK was able to pull away towards the end of each set for the victory.
    “We terminated the ball a lot, had a lot of kills, which is a positive,” UK head coach Craig Skinner said. “We made some nice plays defensively, but I just don’t think we competed very well. Even though we won 3-0, on our side of the net I don’t think we competed well individually. That’s something that needs to be better. Liberty’s a good team and we have to continue to improve every time we step on the court. That’s another learning opportunity for us.”
    A career-high 12 kills to go along with 13 digs gave Thomasson her first collegiate double-double. The outside hitter posted eight of her kills in the first set, the highest single-set total of the match. She hit a .545 in the match’s opening frame.
    “Anni was great for us,” Skinner said. “She is a very competitive, high-IQ volleyball player. She’s very smart out there and made a lot of individual plays that allowed her to be successful.”
    Senior Whitney Billings notched a game high 14 kills. Her nine digs left her just one scoop short of a fifth-straight double-double to open the season. Fellow senior Alexandra Morgan contributed seven kills on 13 attempts for a match-best .462 hitting clip.
    Junior Jackie Napper contributed a game high 16 digs, while sophomore Morgan Bergren dished out 40 assists and had six digs with five kills. At the net, Morgan had a game-best four blocks, while sophomore Sara Schwarzwalder posted three.
    The Wildcats return to the court tonight at 7 p.m. against East Tennessee State in the final match of the four-team Kentucky Classic. UK is one win away from winning its seventh Classic.
    UK opened the game on a 7-0 run before an attack error led to Liberty’s first point of the day. A kill by Thomasson gave the Wildcats a 10-2 lead before the Flames went on a 5-0 run to come within three at 10-7. Thomasson responded with a kill to stop Liberty’s run, but LU continued to cut into UK’s lead and took a 16-15 lead, its first of the match. With the score tied at 19, a kill by Morgan gave Kentucky a lead they would not relinquish. Three Liberty errors and kills by Thomasson and Billings helped seal the set win.
    The second set was back-and-forth until UK took a 9-8 lead. In the first 17 points between the two teams, there were seven ties and three lead changes. After they called a timeout with a 13-12 lead, the Wildcats closed out the set on a 12-5 run to seal the win at 25-17. Bergren and Billings each contributed two kills on the closing run, while Morgan and Schwarzwalder posted one apiece.
    Kentucky never trailed in the third set, and after breaking a 2-2 tie, the Wildcats had a lead that reached as high as seven at 20-13. Morgan hit at a perfect 1.000 clip with three kills in the set. Billings, Thomasson and Napper all recorded three digs to lead the way for UK. Billings and Morgan each posted service aces, the second of a game-high-tying two for Billings.
    Kentucky's Memorial Coliseum will play host to the NCAA Regionals Dec. 13-14. UK is one of four sites selected for the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight matchups with one team advancing to the Final Four in Seattle, Wash., from the Lexington Region. This marks the second time in three seasons Memorial Coliseum will host this premier volleyball event.
    Visit for the most up-to-date information on the Kentucky volleyball team and all 22 varsity sports.

    Alabama Holds on for Five-Set Win

    MIAMI, Fla. – Laura Steiner and Krystal Rivers posted career-highs in kills to help the Alabama volleyball team post a five-set victory over the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks in the FIU Classic on Saturday afternoon from U.S. Century Bank Arena. With the 3-2 (25-21, 25-20, 22-25, 23-25, 15-13) victory, the Crimson Tide finished the FIU Classic with a 2-1 record and improved to 4-2 on the season. UNC-Wilmington suffered its first defeat of the season to drop to 4-1. 
    Steiner posted a match and career-high 24 kills, topping her previous career-high of 20 in a five set match against Kentucky on Nov. 9, 2012. Stenier, who had nine kills in the second set alone, had a .260 hitting percentage in the match. 
    Rivers finished the day with a career-best 21 kills and posted a .731 hitting percentage, making just two errors on 26 attempts. She also had two blocks, with one solo and one assisted. Sierra Wilson dished out 66 assists to establish a new career-high, topping her previous career-best of 64 in a five-set match against Missouri on Nov. 23, 2012. 
    Freshman outside hitter Brittany Thomas notched her second double-double with a season-high 15 kills to go along with a team-high 11 digs. Thomas also had a team-high three aces as well. Andrea McQuaid chipped in with nine kills and didn’t commit a hitting error on 20 attempts, she also had 10 digs. Bernardin matched Thomas with a team-high 11 digs and Kryssi Daniels added 10 digs. 
    With Alabama trailing 21-20 in the first set, the Tide ran off five straight points with Wilson serving to take the opening set 25-21.  Wilson finished the first set with 16 assists to give her 1,456 assists in her career as she passed Kayla Schmidt for ninth all-time on the Alabama career assists list. With 66 assists in the match, Wilson now has 1,506 assists in 38 matches at Alabama.
    In the second set, UNCW scored the first three points before Alabama rallied to open an 8-6 lead. The run continued as the Tide opened a 21-13 advantage. After the Seahawks got within four points at 24-20, Alabama got the ninth kill of the set from Steiner to close out the set, for a 2-0 lead in the match. 
    Alabama opened 7-1 leads in both the third and fourth sets, only to see UNCW rally late in both sets. The Tide held a 19-15 lead in the third set before the Seahawks posted a 25-22 win to make the score 2-1. In the fourth, Alabama led by seven (19-12) before UNCW rallied. With Alabama holding a 23-21 advantage, the Seahawks scored the final four points of the set for a 25-23 win to even the match at 2-2. 
    In the fifth set, Alabama got six kills each from Steiner and Rivers as the Tide won the match with a 15-13 fifth-set win. Rivers hit .857 in the set as she was 6-for-7 with no errors in the final set. 
    Next week Alabama will host the Hampton Inn Bama Bash on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13-14. The Tide opens the tournament on Friday morning against Nicholls State at 11:30 a.m. CT. The tournament begins when UT-Martin and South Alabama take the court at Foster Auditorium at 9 a.m. CT on Friday. Arkansas State rounds out the five-team tournament field. 
    Get all the latest information on the team by following AlabamaVBall on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.

    South Carolina Drops Four-Set Decision

    CLEMSON, S.C. — The South Carolina volleyball team fell in four sets to Furman on Saturday in the Big Orange Bash at Jervey Gymnasium by the scores of 27-29, 21-25, 26-24 and 20-25.
    With the loss, the Gamecocks fall to 3-2 on the season. The Paladins improve to 1-5 overall.
    South Carolina hit .294 as a team, its third best percentage this season, but Furman produced 74 kills on .392 hitting, including a percentage of .400 or higher in the first two sets. 
    Senior outside hitter Juliette Thévenin led the Gamecocks in the loss with 25 kills (.377), while sophomores Sarah Blomgren (.321) and Elizabeth Johnbull (.500) added 13 kills apiece. Sophomore setter Kellie McNeil tallied 56 assists, nine digs and two block solos, while junior libero Michaela Christiaansen added a team-high 16 digs.
    Senior middle blocker Christian Dorismond recorded 23 kills to lead three Furman players in double figure kills. Freshman Ashton Gregory pitched in 21 kills, and junior Andrew Fisher finished with 13. Sophomore setter Jo Wilks dished out 65 assists for the Paladins, while Annie Bierman and Elle Ross had 18 digs apiece.
    The Gamecocks built an early 3-0 lead in the first set behind a kill apiece by Johnbull and Blomgren and an ace by Christiaansen. Furman fought back to take a 14-12 lead midway through the match on a South Carolina attack error. The Paladins later had set point at 24-22, but freshman Dessaa Legros delivered a kill and McNeil served another ace to tie the match. Johnbull then slammed the ball for a kill to give South Carolina set point. However, Furman outscored South Carolina 5-2 the rest of the way to win the set.
    South Carolina built a 17-13 lead in the second set but it couldn’t pull away from the Paladins. Furman closed out the frame on a 12-4 run to go ahead 2-0 for the match. 
    Furman jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the third set, but the Gamecocks rallied to later tie the match a 9-9 on a kill by sophomore Darian Dozier. South Carolina took its first lead of the set at 15-14 after back-to-back kills by Dozier. The Paladins regained the lead 24-22 down the stretch. However, the Gamecocks refused to go away as they scored four straight points, including kills by Thévenin and Blomgren, to win the set 26-24.
    The Paladins seemed to take control of the fourth set as they led 15-9 early, but once again South Carolina made a run, pulling to within 17-16 on a kill by Thévenin. But Furman outscored the Gamecocks 8-4 down the stretch to win the set and the match.
    South Carolina returns to action today at 4 p.m. against Winthrop to conclude its weekend.

    Mississippi State Falters Against Tulsa

    WACO, Texas – Facing its stiffest competition of the season in 2012 NCAA Tournament participant-Tulsa (5-1), the Mississippi State volleyball team (3-3) rallied to force a fifth set after trailing 2-0 early in the match. 
    “For such a young team to battle back like we did was impressive, “ MSU coach Jenny Hazelwood said. “We could have played better early on but our girls really battled the last three sets. We will learn from this and be able to grind out these wins against strong teams later in the season.” 
    The Bulldogs and Golden Hurricanes battled back-and-forth with 10 ties and four lead changes in the first set but MSU ultimately fell 25-20. Tulsa again jumped up in the second set and rolled to a 25-17 win as State could never get anything going. 
    MSU stole momentum with a 7-0 run early in the third set. Clinging to a 4-3 lead, a Brook Sassin kill sent the Bulldogs on the run to gain an 11-3 advantage that they never surrendered. State claimed a 25-22 victory behind a .308 hitting percentage, its best of the match. 
    The fourth set was dominated by freshman Kimmy Gardiner as she racked up six of her 19 kills. MSU rolled to a 4-0 lead early and forced a Tulsa timeout.  The Golden Hurricanes would comeback to tie it at five and the duo battled with seven ties and four lead changes. The Bulldogs would eventually seal the deal with a strong 25-18 victory. 
    Tulsa would claim three of the first four points in the fifth set to seize momentum. The two teams remained deadlocked much of the match with eight ties but the Golden Hurricanes eventually claimed victory at 15-12. 
    Gardiner finished with her third-consecutive double-double as she tallied 19 kills and 13 digs. Taylor Scott (15 kills, 22 digs) and Suzanne Horner also recorded double-doubles (46 assists, 11 digs). 
    Sassin registered 11 kills to go along with four each from Horner, Chelsea Duhs and Alex Warren. Roxanne McVey also contributed 22 digs. 
    As a team, MSU recorded a season-high 12 blocks against only five from the Golden Hurricanes. Warren led the way individually with eight. 
    The Bulldogs will face the Baylor Bears in the tournament finale Saturday night at 7 p.m. 

    Arkansas Rallies for Five-Set Win at Kansas

    LAWRENCE, Kan. – For the second time in three days, the University of Arkansas volleyball team found itself in a fifth set against Kansas. Switching roles from the previous match, the Razorbacks knocked off KU in five sets (25-23, 21-25, 26-24, 12-25, 15-11) Saturday afternoon at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center in Lawrence. Junior Meredith Hays led all players with 22 kills while senior libero Emily Helm picked up a match-high 24 digs.
    As they did Thursday night in Fayetteville, the Jayhawks won game four to force a decisive, fifth set between the two teams. Kansas held the 8-5 advantage when the teams switched sides but the Razorbacks rattled off six of the next seven points to take an 11-9 lead. Behind a noisy home crowd, Kansas won the next two points to draw even at 11-all.
    From that point, however, it was all Arkansas with the team ending the match on a 4-0 run. Hays had two kills during the mini surge. Sophomore Summer Morgan and freshman Danielle Harbin teamed up for one final block to send the Razorbacks to the win, snapping the team’s two-match slide.
    The Razorbacks jumped out to an early lead in the opening set and led by as much as six when a kill by Hays gave her team a 19-13 advantage. The home team put together a rally to pull even at 22-all but Arkansas responded by winning three of the final four points in the set. Five different Razorbacks had at least two kills in the opener, led by four from freshman Ana Sofia Jusino in the middle.
    Arkansas won six of the first eight points in the second set but the Jayhawks steadied to pull even at 8-all on the scoreboard. The Jayhawks led by three late in the set but Arkansas pulled to within one on a kill by senior Hayley Koop. However, Kansas ended the set by winning four of the last five points to even the match at one set apiece. Koop finished the match with 15 kills to tie her career high.
    The Razorbacks trailed throughout the third set and didn’t take their first lead until Koop found the back line with a kill to give her team the 23-22 advantage. Arkansas never trailed after that point. Koop tallied two more kills late in the set, giving the Razorbacks set points with each swing. On the team’s second opportunity to close out the game, a KU attack landed wide and Arkansas held a 2-1 match lead.
    Saturday’s match marked the first time since 2005 that Arkansas faced the same opponent in consecutive matches, and the first-ever time to do so against a non-conference opponent. Prior to today’s match, the Razorbacks played Kentucky in back-to-back matches during the 2005 season.
    After three matches in five days, the Razorbacks will return to Fayetteville in preparation for next weekend’s Golden Hurricane Classic in Tulsa, Okla. The two-day tournament will be contested Sept. 13-14 and feature Arkansas, Northern Colorado, Texas State and host Tulsa. The field will feature three teams—Arkansas, Northern Colorado and Tulsa—that advanced to last year’s NCAA Tournament.
    For more information on Arkansas volleyball, follow @RazorbackVB on Twitter.

    Ole Miss Tops Arkansas State

    OXFORD, Miss. – Sophomore middle blocker Nakeyta Clair tied an Ole Miss volleyball single-match record with nine block assists Saturday afternoon at the Gillom Sports Center, and the Rebels (4-2) topped Arkansas State 3-1 (25-19, 22-25, 25-19, 25-23) in the final match of the Magnolia Invitational.
    “I was pleased with the way we responded to last night’s loss,” Ole Miss head coach Joe Getzin said. “The kids did a great job of bouncing back and playing a very scrappy Arkansas State team. If we didn’t do the things we did today we would have ended up with a flip of the score. I’m really pleased with the team and how they handled it.”
    In addition to her nine block assists, Clair also had a team-high 13 kills on a .440 attacking percentage to round out her phenomenal offensive and defensive match.
    “Nakeyta kind of came into her own again, getting a little more comfortable with her connection to the setter, and also did a great job blocking,” Getzin said.
    Fellow sophomore middle blocker Ty Laporte had a dozen kills, sophomore setter Skylar Johnson had 40 assists and freshman libero Kristen Brashear had 23 digs.
    Tied 8-8 in the first set with five lead changes, Ole Miss went on a 5-1 run to take a 13-9 lead, and led by at least two for the remainder of the set to win 25-19 and take a 1-0 lead in the match. Clair had four kills and three block assists in the set to lead Ole Miss.
    Following a 25-22 loss in the second set, Ole Miss responded to win a hard fought third set 25-19. The back-and-forth third set saw nine ties and seven lead changes before the Rebels broke open a 15-15 tie with a 4-0 run.
    The fourth set was similar to the opening three sets as the two teams had seven lead changes and 10 ties. Ole Miss was down 21-20 late in the fourth set, but regrouped following a timeout to go on a 4-1 run to grab three match points. After the visiting Red Wolves scored two points to narrow the Rebels’ lead to one, freshman right side hitter Melanie Crow hammered down the final kill to give Ole Miss the 25-23 win.
    Ole Miss will take the court again Friday in a doubleheader against Grambling State and Stephen F. Austin in Fort Worth, Texas, as part of the TCU Tournament. The Rebels will close out play in the tournament Sept. 14 against Houston and tournament-host TCU.
    For all Ole Miss volleyball news and information, go to and follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissVB and on Facebook at Ole Miss Volleyball.

    Mizzou Takes Care of Business

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. –  The Mizzou volleyball program moved to 8-0 on the season after defeating Colgate, 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-14), while winning the Yale Invitational on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 7). The 8-0 start for the Tigers is their best since 2005 when they opened the season 12-0. The win over Colgate is Mizzou’s third this week over a team that won its league last season after defeating Fairfield and Yale Thursday and Friday. Senior All-American Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) led Mizzou with 17 kills in the win, doing so on .308 hitting. Since 2010, Mizzou is now 14-1 in the second weekend of play. 
    “It was a great week for us,” head coach Wayne Kreklow said. “We beat three teams this week that won their league last year and played in the NCAA Tournament and I thought we really took away a lot of positives. It was great to see how the team performed away from home. Now we have a short week before we head to Rice to face three more really good teams.”
    Senior setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) was named Tournament Most Valuable Player while Henning and Emily Wilson (Omaha, Neb.) earned spots on the All-Tournament Team. Kreklow averaged 12.40 assists per set and guided Mizzou to a .354 attack percentage and 15.20 kills per set in the tournament. Henning led Mizzou with 44 kills over the three matches, doing so on .279 hitting. Wilson averaged 2.89 kills per set on .460 hitting. Junior middle Whitney Little (Keller, Texas) was also deserving of All-Tournament honors as she averaged 2.60 kills per set on .605 hitting while adding nine solo blocks (10 total). 
    In the win over Colgate, Mizzou pulled in 57 digs in the three sets, highlighted by 16 from Carly Kan (Honolulu, Haw.), a new career-high. Loxley Keala (Honolulu, Haw.) also added 12 in the win as the Tigers held the Raiders to .154 hitting. Conversely, Mizzou hit .396 in the win as Kreklow spread 42 assists on 51 Tiger kills. 
    Mizzou tallied six kills on its first 10 swings, three from freshman Emily Thater (Springfield, Mo.), as it opened a 7-0 lead in the first set as it had everything working. After a Colgate timeout, Kreklow tallied an ace before Colgate finally got on the board at 8-1 and then continued to close in on the Tigers, drawing as close as 12-10 before a service error and an ace by Meister reopened a four-point cushion at 14-10. Mizzou closed out the set from there, winning the first, 25-16. Mizzou had 18 kills on .318 hitting in the first, led by six kills from Henning and four on just four attempts from Thater. Kreklow spread 16 assists in the first. 
    Colgate hung around in the second set and actually led 10-9 before Mizzou went on a 4-1 run capped by a Henning kill to give Mizzou a 13-11 lead. That was all that Mizzou needed as it ran away with the set, 25-18, after controlling play late in the set. Henning had five kills on 14 swings in the second as Mizzou hit .333 with 14 kills in the frame.
    Colgate again hung around early in the third until a 4-1 run midway through gave Mizzou a 15-11 lead, forcing a Colgate timeout. At the time of the stoppage, Mizzou had 11 kills on .500 hitting in the third. Following the timeout, the Tigers tallied back-to-back blocks and opened a 17-11 lead and the run was capped by a kill from Little. That was all Mizzou needed to pull away from the Raiders with a 25-14 set win. Mizzou hit .562 in the third with 19 kills. 
    The Tigers will continue the season next weekend at the Rice Invitational where they will take on NC State, Rice and Houston Baptist. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to and follow the team on twitter @MizzouVB.

    UGA Drops Decision to Nebraska

    LINCOLN, Neb. – Georgia showed resilience in its 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-14) loss at the hands of the No. 13 Nebraska Huskers on Saturday, Sept. 9, in Lincoln, Neb. It was Georgia’s first loss of the season, which gives it a 4-1 record. Nebraska is also 4-1 on the year.
    “We executed our game plan well for two sets, but played a little tight at the end,” Head Coach Lizzy Stemke said. “We are playing some really good volleyball and our competitive culture is as strong as it has ever been.  We learned a lot from this weekend and are excited to get back into the gym and continue to get better.”
    Lauren Teknipp led the Georgia offense, finishing with 10 kills and a .400 attack percentage. Brittany Northcutt added nine kills, while Tirah Le’au finished with seven. Kaylee Kehoe and Maggie Baumert, who was playing in her home state, paced the Georgia offense with 20 and 14 assists, respectively. Kehoe also accounted for a service ace. Le’au led the team with four blocks, including two solo stops. Jasmine Eatmon finished with three blocks, while Elena Perri recorded two. Allison Summers led the team with 10 digs.
    Nebraska opened up to an early 3-0 lead in the first set before the Bulldogs tied the set at three on kills by Northcutt and Perri. The Huskers retook the lead at 6-4 before Georgia scored three-straight points to take a 7-6 lead on a kill by Teknipp. The teams kept the set close, trading point on the next eight possessions before Nebraska took a two-point lead at 12-10. A Husker service error sparked a 5-0 Georgia run that put the Bulldogs up by three at 15-12. During the run the Bulldog defense shined, blocking three of Nebraska’s attacks, including a solo block Le’au. Using the serve of Summers, the Bulldogs strung together three consecutive points that allowed them to extend their lead to 19-14. Nebraska answered with a 4-0 run that cut the lead to two at 20-18. The Huskers fought back tie the set at 21, before scoring the final four points of the set to win it 25-21.
    Georgia and Nebraska kept the second set close over the opening possessions, as the scored knotted six times before the Huskers were able to put together a 4-0 run that allowed them to take a 14-10 lead. Kills by Megan Spencer and Eatmon put Georgia within three at 16-13. With Nebraska holding a 22-18 lead, Perri and Eatmon connected on back-to-back kills that made it a 22-20 set and forced Nebraska to use a timeout. With Nebraska at set point, Teknipp registered a kill that made it a 24-23 set before a service error sealed the 25-23 set two win for Nebraska.
    Georgia opened the third set with a kill by Perri and kept the score within one through the opening seven possessions. Nebraska went on a 5-0 run that gave it a 13-6 lead before a Northcutt kill ended the run. The Huskers maintained the lead throughout the rest of the set, winning the third set 25-14.
    The Bulldogs get back in action on Tuesday, Sept. 10, when they travel to Statesboro, Ga., for a 6 p.m., match against the Georgia Southern Eagles. Georgia returns home next weekend, Sept. 13-14 for the Benson’s Hospitality Invitational which will take place in Stegeman Coliseum. 

    South Carolina Falls to WInthrop in Five Sets

    CLEMSON, S.C. — The South Carolina volleyball team won the first two sets against Winthrop on Saturday afternoon but it was unable to hold on, as the Eagles claimed the next three to win the match by the scores of 25-21, 25-17, 22-25, 22-25 and 12-15 at Jervey Gymnasium.
    The Gamecocks fall to 3-3 with the loss, while Winthrop improves to 6-1.
    South Carolina outhit the Eagles .219 to .144, and both teams finished the match with 10 team blocks. For the third straight match, senior outside hitter Juliette Thévenin recorded more than 20 kills with a 23-kill performance on Saturday. Thévenin, who was named to the All-Tournament Team, also had nine digs. 
    Sophomore Sarah Blomgren contributed 14 kills while hitting .357, while freshman KoKo Atoa-Williams produced 12 kills and four block assists. Sophomore setter Kellie McNeil filled the stat sheet with 49 assists, seven kills, five digs and four block assists. Junior libero Michaela Christiaansen and freshman Megan Kirkland recorded 20 and 13 digs, respectively in the loss.
    Winthrop had four players reach double figures in kills, including 14 apiece from Rachel Lenz and Irene Ojukwu. Alina Sopizhuk and Brianna Gray tallied 12 and 10 kills, respectively. Setter Jessie Vivic produced a double-double with 49 assists and 14 digs. 
    South Carolina fell behind 4-0 early in the first set and trailed 8-4 before scoring six straight points to take the lead behind a pair of aces by Thévenin and a kill by Atoa-Williams. Winthrop tied the match at 10-10 on a kill by Jessie Vivic, but Thévenin answered with a kill to put the Gamecocks in front for good. South Carolina led by as many as six points down the stretch on its way to winning the set 25-21.
    Winthrop started strong again in the second set, building a 4-2 lead, and it led 13-11 midway through after a South Carolina attack error. However, the Gamecocks went on a 7-2 run capped by a Blomgren kill to take an 18-15 lead. South Carolina pushed its lead to 23-17 on a Winthrop attack error, and Thévenin closed out the set in the Gamecocks’ favor with back-to-back kills. South Carolina was zoned in on the attack, hitting .444 for the frame.  
    The Gamecocks seemed to be in control of the third set as they built a 12-5 lead, but Winthrop went on a 15-6 run to take a 20-18 lead on a kill by Ojukwu. South Carolina came back to tie it up at 21-21 on a kill by Thévenin. However, the Eagles scored four out of the next five points to extend the match to four sets.
    With the fourth set tied at 7-7, Winthrop broke off a 5-1 run to take a 12-8 lead. The Eagles extended their lead to 19-11 on a Gamecock attack error. South Carolina cut Winthrop’s lead to two on three occasions down the stretch, with the last being 24-22. A Gamecock attack error ended the comeback, however, as the match went to a fifth set.
    The final set saw eight ties and five lead changes, with the last tie being 10-10. The Eagles then outscored South Carolina 5-2 to claim the match.
    The Gamecocks return to action next weekend in the Duke Blue Devil Classic in Durham, N.C. South Carolina will play Utah State (10 a.m.) and Liberty (5 p.m.) on Friday and Duke (1:30 p.m.) on Saturday.

    UT Named Tournament Champions

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Competing for the tournament title for the second weekend in a row, the Lady Vols capped off the Country Inns & Suites Invitational with a 3-0 victory (25-17, 25-12, 25-20) over Charlotte to be named tournament champions. UT improves to 6-1 on the season.

    "I was very happy with the progress we made as a team as a whole and as individuals as they went through this tournament," head coach Rob Patrick said.

    Senior Ellen Mullins, sophomore Lexi Dempsey and freshman Jamie Lea were named to the All-Tournament Team, while Mullins earned Tournament MVP honors. It is the second-straight weekend that Mullins has picked up All-Tournament accolades.

    "It all starts with our defense. Ellen Mullins was the MVP, which she deserves average seven digs a set," Patrick said. "But Bridgette Villano, Nikki Brice and Megan Hatcher did an unbelievable job of starting our offense with their passing, and continuing our defense with their dominance. That's what Tennessee volleyball is all about is relentless defense. Those four young ladies did a fantastic job when they were in the matches."

    "All of us go in there and play our hardest," Mullins said. "We do passing and digging every day. It's fun to play next to them. They're doing a great job."

    UT jumped to an early 10-3 lead in the first set, and continued with strong defense and hitting. Freshman Ashley Mariani had a team-best six kills, while senior Whitney Heeres added five during the first set. Lea hit a team-leading .714 with five kills on seven attacks with no errors. As a team, UT hit at a .432 mark with Dempsey dishing out 17 assists. The Lady Vols claimed the first set 25-17.

    The Lady Vols opened the second set on a 5-0 run and never relinquished the lead. Lea and freshman Raina Hembry led the team with four kills apiece, while Hembry and Mariani hit at a .500 clip. Dempsey dished out 13 assists in the set, helping the team to a .333 hitting percentage in the set. UT took the set, 25-12, and went up 2-0 in the match.

    The two squads battled back and forth for the lead before Tennessee went on a 6-0 run to go up 14-9. The Lady Vols would hold on to their lead and win the third and final set, 25-20, sweeping the 49ers, 3-0.

    UT hosts the Comcast Lady Vol Classic Sept. 5-7 in Thompson-Boling Arena.

    Kentucky Sweeps ETSU and Goes 3-0 on the Weekend to Win Kentucky Classic

    LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the seventh time in the eight year history of the event, the No. 21 Kentucky volleyball team won the Kentucky Classic with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-20) sweep of East Tennessee State Saturday night in Memorial Coliseum.

    The Wildcats (4-2) went a perfect 3-0 on their home court in the four team, six match tournament. After a five-set win over VCU Friday night in its first game, UK swept Liberty in Saturday morning’s first match. UK returns to the court Tuesday at 7 p.m. when the Wildcats host in-state rival and 17th-ranked Louisville at Memorial Coliseum.

    Junior Jackie Napper was named the Kentucky Classic MVP, while sophomore Morgan Bergren and freshman Anni Thomasson were named to the All-Tournament Team.

    “I like the way this team concentrates, they’re really engaged in each and every point,” UK head coach Craig Skinner said. “Even when we lost a couple, we were engaged, and when we won a couple, we were engaged. That’s one of the best things this team does.”

    Napper registered a team-high-tying eight digs and six assists in the Classic finale. On the weekend, the defensive setter posted 43 digs, 18 assists and one kill.

    “It feels good, I definitely think our block has a big part of that (our defense),” Napper said. “We did a good job of channeling the ball to me, so I was able to dig a lot of balls. Our serving was really aggressive, so we were able to get the other team out of system.”

    Thomasson’s weekend was highlighted by her first career double-double in Saturday morning’s sweep of Liberty. Bergren led the Cats in assists each match, with 36, 40 and 29 helpers in the three contests, respectively.

    Junior Lauren O’Conner paced the Wildcats with a team-best 14 kills against ETSU. Bergren and seniors Whitney Billings and Alexandra Morgan all contributed eight kills apiece in the balanced offensive attack.

    “We’re still tweaking our lineup a little bit, trying to figure out what’s best,” Skinner said. “I think Lauren O’Conner playing better today and Anni Thomasson stepping up gives us some more flexibility on the outside. Defensively we have to continue to get better. Our blocking is okay, but I think we can be a much better blocking team. Positively, we’re killing the ball well, so I’m pretty happy with that.”

    The opening set was the closest set of the match and featured 46 points of back-and-forth action. The frame featured five lead changes and 14 ties. With the score knotted at 10, the Bucs took an 11-10 lead, and while they allowed the Wildcats to tie it several times, UK would not take the lead again until it snapped a 20-20 tie to go ahead for the remainder of the set. Bergren led UK with four kills and 13 assists in the opening set.

    The second set began with two straight points by ETSU, followed by three-straight UK points. It was tied at four when the UK offense picked things up in a big way. The Wildcats went on a 14-3 run and led 18-7. The next two points were harder to get, as the Bucs countered with six points of their own to cut Kentucky’s lead to 20-13. Skinner and UK called a timeout, and what followed was a 5-2 run to close out the set to give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead.

    Like many sets on the weekend for UK, the third frame against ETSU began as a back-and-forth affair. The Wildcats led by as many as three, and never lost the lead, but it wasn’t until it was 10-9 that Kentucky went on a 7-2 run to break it open and make it a 17-11 set. The Bucs would get to within four at 19-15 but no closer, as the Wildcats closed the match for a 25-20 victory.

    Kentucky's Memorial Coliseum will play host to the NCAA Regionals Dec. 13-14. UK is one of four sites selected for the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight matchups with one team advancing to the Final Four in Seattle, Wash., from the Lexington Region. This marks the second time in three seasons Memorial Coliseum will host this premier volleyball event.

    Bulldogs Surrender A Pair Of Hard-Fought Matches In Waco

    WACO, Texas – Facing their stiffest competition of the season, the Mississippi State volleyball team (3-4) surrendered a pair of hard-fought matches on the final day of the Baylor Classic to Tulsa (6-1) and Baylor (2-5).

    In the opening match of the day, the Bulldogs rallied to force a fifth set after falling behind 2-0 early in the match against 2012 NCAA Tournament participant Tulsa.

    “For such a young team to battle back like we did was impressive, “ MSU coach Jenny Hazelwood said. “We could have played better early on but our girls really battled the last three sets. We will learn from this and be able to grind out these wins against strong teams later in the season.”

    The Bulldogs and Golden Hurricanes battled back-and-forth with 10 ties and four lead changes in the first set but MSU ultimately fell 25-20. Tulsa again jumped up in the second set and rolled to a 25-17 win as State could never get anything going.

    MSU stole momentum with a 7-0 run early in the third set. Clinging to a 4-3 lead, a Brooke Sassin kill sent the Bulldogs on the run to gain an 11-3 advantage that they never surrendered. State claimed a 25-22 victory behind a .308 hitting percentage, its best of the match.

    The fourth set was dominated by freshman Kimmy Gardiner as she racked up six of her 19 kills. MSU rolled to a 4-0 lead early and forced a Tulsa timeout.  The Golden Hurricanes would comeback to tie it at five and the duo battled with seven ties and four lead changes. The Bulldogs would eventually seal the deal with a strong 25-18 victory.

    Tulsa would claim three of the first four points in the fifth set to seize momentum. The two teams remained deadlocked much of the match with eight ties but the Golden Hurricanes eventually claimed victory at 15-12.

    Gardiner finished with her third-consecutive double-double as she tallied 19 kills and 13 digs. Taylor Scott (15 kills, 22 digs) and Suzanne Horner also recorded double-doubles (46 assists, 11 digs).

    Sassin registered 11 kills to go along with four each from Horner, Chelsea Duhs and Alex Warren. Roxanne McVey also contributed 22 digs.

    As a team, MSU recorded a season-high 12 blocks against only five from the Golden Hurricanes. Warren led the way individually with eight.

    In the nightcap, Mississippi State jumped up to an early 1-0 lead with a 25-22 first-set victory. Gardiner picked up right where she left off with six kills in the set. The Bulldogs jumped up early and never looked back.

    The Bears seized momentum early in the second set and never let up. After falling behind 5-1, Hazelwood was forced to call a timeout and the Bulldogs were able to battle back and tie at 11. MSU had a chance to end it with a set point at 24-23 but Baylor kept clawing for a 27-25 comeback victory. The Bears would go on to win the third and fourth sets 25-17 and 25-18.

    Gardiner recorded yet another double-double with a career-high 20 kills and 14 digs. She also had two blocks and two aces.

    Scott also recorded her second double-double of the day with 10 kills and 17 digs. McVey added 25 digs while Sassin notched a career-high 15 kills. Horner tallied 47 assists.

    Gardiner and Scott also received Baylor Classic All-Tournament team honors.

    Up next for the Bulldogs is a return trip home for the Bulldog Invitational where they will host Niagara and Wofford on Sept. 13 and 14. MSU will then wrap up its nonconference slate with a trip to Nashville, Tenn., for the Belmont Bruin Classic.<

    No. 8 Gator Volleyball Knocks Off No. 2 Stanford in Nike Big Four Showdown

    AUSTIN, Texas - The No. 8 Gator volleyball team kicked off the final Nike Big Four Classic in stunning fashion, upsetting the No. 2 Stanford Cardinal, 3-1 (28-26, 25-17, 18-25, 25-22). Florida received double-digit kill contributions from sophomore outside hitter Živa Recek with 19, senior middle blocker Chloe Mann with 15 and sophomore middle blocker Simone Antwi tallying 13.

    Senior setter Taylor Brauneis dished out 50 assists against the Cardinal, directing the Gator offense to a .326 hitting percentage. Brauneis also scooped 11 digs for her fifth career double-double and second of the season in as many matches.

    LSU Grinds Out Four-Setter at Rice

    HOUSTON – Briana Holman and Katie Lindelow provided their first double-doubles en route to Rice Invitational All-Tournament Team honors, and the LSU volleyball team earned a hard-fought four-set victory over Rice [26-28, 25-15, 25-19, 31-29] Saturday evening at Tudor Fieldhouse.

    LSU (6-0) racked up a season’s best 19 blocks and converted on 60-of-92 sideout attempts to claim a 65 percent ratio. The Tigers have won now 19 of 22 all-time meetings versus Rice (1-5).

    Malorie Pardo directed LSU’s offense to 66 kills and a .288 team hitting percentage. She filled the stats sheet with 61 assists, six digs, four blocks and three blocks. For the second consecutive match, Pardo matched her career-high with four stuffs.

    Holman cranked 15 kills on a .423 hitting percentage to go along with a career-best 10 blocks. It marked her fourth straight match with double figure kills as the DeSoto, Texas native garnered tournament MVP honors.

    Lindelow, an all-tournament team pick, registered a career-high 10 kills and 11 digs. She knocked six of her spikes as LSU erased a 21-14 fourth-set deficit.

    On the back row, Haley Smith stretched out for a career-best 24 digs in her second career start at the libero position. Laura Whalen added 11 scoops and was a perfect 21-for-21 in reception attempts.

    “I’m thought our team came out and played within their comfort zone after losing the first set,” head coach Fran Flory said. “We had some stabilizing forces on our side of the net. Malorie made some excellent decisions and did some great things as a veteran setter when we needed her to. I thought our blocking also came through in a big way during critical situations, and Haley made some tremendous plays on the back row. Not only did she make the play, she accurately dug the ball to the target which provided transition opportunities on offense. Lastly, Katie decided that she was going to be an offensive factor for us late in the fourth set. It’s not easy when you ask someone to play as many rolls as Katie does for our team. We knew it was going to take her some time to find an offensive rhythm, but we’re glad she found it tonight.”

    Cati Leak compiled a solid all-around effort with 21 kills, seven digs and three blocks for the TIgers. Khourtni Fears tied her career-high with nine kills on a .500 hitting ratio and recorded six blocks to come away with all-tournament accolades. LSU also received seven kills and six blocks from Madi Mahaffey.

    Rice was led by Mariah Riddlesprigger’s 16 kills, Sara Blasier’s 42 assists and Danielle Arenas’ 23 digs.

    LSU continues its three-weekend road swing with a pair of matches against Miami. Friday’s first serve is on-tap for 6 p.m. CT followed by a 4:30 p.m. CT opening serve on Saturday.