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    SEC Volleyball Today: Friday, October 18

    Friday Volleyball RESULTS
    Mississippi State 3, South Carolina 0
    Missouri 3, Georgia 1
    Alabama 3, Texas A&M 0
    Florida 3, Arkansas 1
    Auburn 3, LSU 1
    Ole Miss 3, Tennessee 1

     

    Scott’s Stellar Night Powers Bulldogs Past South Carolina

    STARKVILLE, Miss. – Behind its best hitting percentage in a conference match since 2011, the Mississippi State volleyball team (10-9, 1-4) powered past the South Carolina Gamecocks (10-9, 2-5) Friday night in the friendly confines of the Newell-Grissom Building.

    The Bulldogs’ .336 hitting percentage is its highest in a Southeastern Conference match since hitting .373 against Auburn on Nov. 3, 2011, which coincidentally was the last time MSU recorded a sweep against a conference opponent.

    “I could not be more proud of our team and the work they put in to make tonight happen,” Bulldog head coach Jenny Hazelwood said. “We didn’t start conference play the way we wanted but we knew we were better than the results were showing. Tonight we refused to be the nail. Our girls kept working, kept competing and just wouldn’t give in. Now we must refocus and continue to play at this level with Tennessee coming to town Sunday.”

    Sophomore Taylor Scott turned in a breakout night with 14 kills, 11 digs and a commanding .393 hitting percentage, leading to her eighth double-double of the season. The Claremont, Calif., native turned in 10 kills in the first set alone. After the Gamecocks committed to stopping the versatile hitter, the floor opened for the rest of the Maroon and White.

    MSU quickly stole the first two points of the match behind kills from Chelsea Duhs and Scott. State and USC grinded out an extensive back-and-forth match with the Bulldogs fending off a pair of Gamecock set points. With the set tied at 26 all, a Gardiner kill gave MSU all the momentum it needed and Scott secured the 28-26 victory in the first set.

    The Bulldogs again jumped out the quick lead in the second set and never gave the Gamecocks a fighting chance. After racing out to a 10-point lead at 16-6, MSU cruised to a 25-18 victory to take a 2-0 lead into intermission.

    The third set provided little drama after the star of the night, Scott, broke an eight all tie with a kill to send State on a 7-2 run. The Bulldogs eventually claimed the clincher 25-20.

    Freshman Kimmy Gardiner also posted her eighth-career double-double with 12 kills and 10 digs, while Dani McCree became the third Bulldog to register double-digit kills in the match with 12. Duhs turned in a match-best .438 hitting percentage with eight kills behind only a single error.

    Newcomers Katlyn Mataya and Suzanne Horner shared time at setter and combined for 43 assists, while Roxanne McVey registered 12 digs.

    The match also marked the 450th in Hazelwood’s 14-year career and the 140th during her five seasons in Starkville.

    State returns to action Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. against Tennessee (8-12, 0-6) in its annual “Dig Pink” match to support breast cancer awareness. Admission is free and the first 100 fans will receive free pink foam miniature volleyball. The Sunday match also marks the return of the “Sundaes on Sunday” promotion when the first 60 fans will receive free MSU ice cream.

    The match will be streamed live via HailStateTV with no audio and no signup required. Fans can simply go to HailState.com/HSTVlive to view the match. Fans can follow the match via live stats available through HailState.com

    Following the weekend home stand, the Bulldogs will venture on a two-week road trip with stops at Kentucky and Georgia on Oct. 25 and 27. The following weekend, MSU will travel to Alabama and Auburn, which will mark State’s first televised match of the season on Nov. 3.
     




    No. 18 Tigers Move to 22-0, Setting Up SEC Clash vs. No. 2 Gators

    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The No. 18 Mizzou volleyball program ran its national-best record to 22-0 and 6-0 in SEC play after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs, 3-1 (25-20, 17-25, 25-19, 25-19), on Friday night (Oct. 18) at the Hearnes Center. The win sets up a battle of SEC unbeatens as No. 2 Florida will come to the Hearnes Center Sunday for a 1:30 p.m. match. The match Sunday will mark the first top-25 showdown at the Hearnes Center since Oct. 25, 2006, when No. 1 Nebraska visited the Tigers, who were then ranked No. 16 nationally.

    The win on Friday moves the Tiger senior class – Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) and Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) - into a tie for the third-winningest class in program history as they have 84 in their three-plus seasons at Mizzou. The win also improves the Tigers to 6-0 in SEC play, marking the best start in league play in the Kreklow era. The win came in front of 3,272 fans, the second consecutive match with at least 3,000 fans and the fourth time in five matches that at least 2,400 fans packed into the Hearnes.

    “This was another tough match; there are a lot of good teams in our league this season and Georgia is a very athletic bunch that did a lot of things really well tonight,” head coach Wayne Kreklow said. “In the end, I thought our ball control got better and when we are in system, we are very hard to stop since we have so many good swings. Obviously now we turn our focus to a very good Florida team on Sunday. We are expecting a great atmosphere here at Hearnes and we are excited for another great opportunity.”

    On Friday, Henning was the star with 20 kills on .500 hitting with a team-high 12 digs as she led the team with 23.0 total points while tallying her fifth double-double of the season. She was aided by her classmate Kreklow who notched a season-high 52 assists while guiding Mizzou to .393 hitting, the 19th time in 21 matches that Mizzou has hit at least .333 in a match and the 13th time that it has hit .380 or better. Kreklow also pitched in six kills on .625 hitting with eight digs.

    Offensively, Kreklow set up six different hitters with Henning providing much of the damage. But the two-time All-American was helped out by freshman Carly Kan’s (Honolulu, Hawaii) 13 kills (.273 hitting) and 10 digs, good for her second double-double in three matches after posting her first of the season at Tennessee a week ago. Junior All-SEC middle Whitney Little (Keller, Texas) pitched in 10 kills on .429 hitting with two blocks and classmate Emily Wilson (Omaha, Neb.) added eight kills on .412 hitting. Freshman Emily Thater (Springfield, Mo.) was also huge in the win, posting seven kills on .312 hitting out of the middle. Junior libero Sarah Meister (San Diego, Calif.) tied Henning with a match-high 12 digs.

    The Tigers came roaring out of the gate in the first set and hit .314 with 16 kills as Henning was close to unstoppable with just five kills on nine swings as she helped the Tigers to a 25-20 set win. Georgia then served very tough in the second set and kept Mizzou out of system as it tied the match at one set apiece with a 25-17 set win. But from that point it was all Mizzou and the Tigers announced that emphatically with one of their best offensive outputs of the season in the third set. In fact, Mizzou tallied 19 kills without an error on 37 attacks, good for a .514 hitting percentage as they trounced the Bulldogs, 25-19. They weren’t quite as good in the fourth, hitting .375 with 16 kills, but it was enough for a 25-19 set win to clinch the match.

    Sunday’s match with the Gators will begin at 1:30 p.m. Admission to the match is just $1 and fans with a football ticket stub from Mizzou’s game with the Gators Saturday will receive free admission. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MizzouVB.






    Alabama Volleyball Sweeps Texas A&M on Power of Pink Night

    Tuscaloosa, Ala. – The Alabama volleyball team got a match-high 16 kills from redshirt freshman middle blocker Krystal Rivers as the Crimson Tide posted a 3-0 (33-31, 25-22, 25-23) Southeastern Conference win over the Texas A&M Aggies on Friday night from Foster Auditorium.

    On the Power of Pink night at Foster Auditorium, Alabama (15-5, 3-3 SEC) had three players reach double figures in kills, as Brittany Thomas and Mattie Weldy added 12 kills each, as Weldy matched her career-high in kills. Rivers posted a .750 hitting percentage, converting 16 of her 20 swings for kills with just one hitting error. River had a kill on her first 11 attempts of the match.
     
    As a team, the Crimson Tide posted a .333 hitting percentage, while the Aggies (10-7, 2-4 SEC) had a solid hitting night with a .301 percentage. The Tide held the advantage in blocks, seven to six, and had a slim 44 to 43 advantage in digs.

    Defensively, Kryssi Daniels led the Tide with 13 digs while Caitlin Bernardin added 12. Texas A&M’s Kelsey Kinley had a match-high 15 digs. Alabama setter Sierra Wilson dished out 44 assists to go along with a team-high four blocks, including a solo and three assisted blocks.

    With the victory, Alabama posted its first ever win over Texas A&M and are now 1-4 all-time against the Aggies, and 1-2 since TAMU joined the SEC in 2012.

    Shelby Sullivan lead the Aggies with 15 kills and a .636 hitting percentage, while setter Allie Sawatzky had a double-double with 12 kills and 40 assists, to go along with seven digs.

    In an intense first set that saw the score tied 20 times and the lead change hands eight times, Alabama got three straight points, including a kill and a block by Thomas to end the set at 33-31. Thomas finished the set with seven kills while Rivers had six kills on six attempts.

    The Tide took a 2-0 lead in the match after winning the second set 25-22. Bama got six more kills from Rivers in the second set, as she was hitting .923 through two sets and converted on her first 11 attempts of the night. With the score tied at 10-10, Bama went on an 8-2 run to open an 18-12 advantage. After the Tide held set point at 24-18, the Aggies ran off four straight points, before Rivers produced her 12th kill of the night to end the set.

    In the third set, Alabama held an 18-15 lead before the Aggies rallied to lead 21-20. UA tied the score on a kill by Andrea McQuaid, before the Aggies led against on a kill by Sawatzky. Rivers’ 15th kill of the night evened the set at 22-22 and an error by Jazzmin Babers gave the Tide a one-point advantage. After another kill by Sawatzky tied the score at 23, Rivers got another kill and the match ended with Darby Graff’s attack went into the net, resulting in the final point in a straight sets win for the Tide.

    The Crimson Tide returns to the court on Sunday, Oct. 20, when they host the LSU Tigers in a SEC match. First serve between the Tide and Tigers is slated for 1:30 p.m. CT from Foster Auditorium.
     




    No. 2 Gator Volleyball Grinds Out 3-1 Win at Arkansas for Seventh SEC Victory

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The No. 2 Florida volleyball team downed Arkansas 3-1 (22-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-16) Friday at Barnhill Arena, its 12th-straight win over the Hogs, to remain perfect in Southeastern Conference play.

    The Orange and Blue used double-digit kills from four different players to defeat Arkansas while sophomore middle blocker Simone Antwi notched a team-high 16.5 points to go with a squad-best .478 hitting efficiency to grind out the victory at Arkansas before the Gators head to undefeated Missouri on Sunday.

    Quick Hits:

    *         Four Gators in Živa Recek (13), Chloe Mann (13), Simone Antwi (12) and Gabby Mallette (10) all notched double-digit kills for the Orange and Blue Friday against Arkansas, the sixth time this season three or more players have done so.

    *         Florida last had four players with double-digit kills in the sweep of Kentucky Oct. 11.

    *         Freshman Alex Holston entered the locker room with one kill at the break and finished the match with nine.

    *         Recek and senior setter Taylor Brauneis both rallied for double-doubles, Recek with 13 kills, 12 digs and Brauneis with 47 assists, 10 digs. For Brauneis, the double-dip was the eighth of her career, fifth this season, while Recek tallied the 14th double-double of her Gator career, the fifth of 2013.

    *         Junior libero Taylor Unroe had an impressive match in the back row, scooping a match-high 19 digs against the Razorbacks. Unroe also dished out four assists on the night.

    *         Senior Chloe Mann led UF's defensive corps with six blocks, while Holston and Antwi had three stuffs each.

    *         Florida strung together a 28-set win streak dating back to Sept. 14 against Western Michigan before Arkansas edged the Orange and Blue, 25-22, in set one of Friday's match
     




    Auburn Volleyball Defeats LSU in Four Sets

    AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn volleyball team got its first win in Auburn Arena on Friday night, taking down the LSU Tigers, 3-1 (25-15, 25-19, 23-25, 25-23) for their second-straight SEC victory.

    With the win, the Tigers (11-7, 2-4 SEC) snapped a 22-match losing streak against LSU that dated back to the 2000 season. Likewise, LSU (13-4, 4-2 SEC) saw its three-match winning streak in conference play come to an end.

    "I thought that was the most consistent we've played," Auburn head coach Rick Nold said. "LSU started serving tougher there in game three, but I thought we stayed tough and allowed ourselves to come back. They're a good team, and I'm really happy with the way we stayed aggressive."

    Auburn had five players with double-digit kills. Camila Jersonsky led the way with 13, while Kathia Rud and Emily Klitzke had 12 apiece. Klitzke's 12 kills marked a career-high for the freshman.

    Katherine Culwell added 11 kills, and Stephanie Campbell contributed 10 kills for the second-straight match and third time this season.

    "I think (spreading the offense around) is what we have to have," Nold said. "That tells us if we're controlling the ball well, and we're passing and getting it to everybody in our offense, that makes it easier on all our hitters."

    The Tigers' defense came up big, too. Culwell recorded a double-double with a career-high 24 digs, while Chelsea Wintzinger (30 assists, 12 digs), Rud (12 kills, 19 digs) and Alyssa Ivey (19 assists, 10 digs) all had double-doubles as well. Sarah Wroblicky also contributed 21 digs on the night.

    The service game was a huge factor in the first two sets as Auburn had six aces in that stretch, seven in the match. Wintzinger and Campbell, Auburn's top two servers all season, had two aces each, and Culwell, Rud and Ivey had one apiece. Auburn also allowed just three LSU service aces on the night and committed just two errors of their own.

    Auburn hit for a .215 percentage in the match and held LSU to a .167 mark. Auburn had 66 kills to LSU's 46, and won the digs battle with a season-high 90 against LSU's 62. LSU was the better blocking team with 14 in the match to Auburn's four.

    LSU was led by Briana Holman with 12 kills and nine blocks, while Cati Leak contirbuted nine kills and 16 digs. Desiree Elliott, Madi Mahaffey and Malorie Pardo were each in on five blocks.

    Auburn found inspiration in the stands tonight. Former Tiger Lindsey Wintzinger, who was diagnosed with leukemia in August, made her first trip to Auburn since her diagnosis and surprised her former teammates, including her sister Chelsea, before tonight's match.

    The Tigers wrap up the weekend homestand Sunday afternoon with a 2 p.m. match against the Texas A&M Aggies. Admission is free, and the match will once again be televised by SportSouth and ESPN3.com with Pete Pranica and Phil Bush on the call.
     




    Rebels Top Tennessee 3-1

    OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss volleyball team got career-best performances from a number of student-athletes, and took down visiting Tennessee 3-1 (18-25, 27-25, 25-14, 25-19) Friday night at the Gillom Sports Center.

    Freshman setter Aubrey Edie passed out a career-high 48 assists, freshman right side hitter Melanie Crow notched a career-high 15 kills and sophomore middle blocker Nakeyta Clair tied a career high with nine total blocks, including a career-high tying three solo blocks to help lead the Rebels (11-9, 1-6 Southeastern Conference) to their first SEC victory of the season.

    Ole Miss head coach Joe Getzin talked about the Rebels’ hard-fought second set victory as being a result that helped turn the match around.

    “If we don’t win set two, you’re down 0-2 and you play totally different,” Getzin said. “That second set evened the playing field and allowed us to relax a little bit and the results are good.”

    Senior outside hitter Kara Morgan recorded her second double-double of the season by finishing with 10 kills and a team-high 13 digs. Junior outside hitter Marie-Pierre Bakima had 10 kills and a season-high four block assists.

    Morgan’s 10 kills Friday night moved her into sixth place on the program’s career kills list, while Clair’s six block assists elevated her into eighth place on the Ole Miss career block assists list.

    After dropping the opening set 25-18, Ole Miss rebounded to take the second set in extra points, 27-25, and even the match at one set apiece. Down 7-13 in the second set, Ole Miss went on a 9-1 run to take a 16-14 lead. From there, the two teams went back and forth, accumulating a total of 15 ties and five lead changes throughout the set. Finally, with the scored tied at 25, Edie and Laporte recorded back-to-back kills to push the Rebels’ to the 27-25 victory.

    Ole Miss cruised to a 25-14 victory in the third set, thanks to a match-high .444 team hitting percentage. Laporte and Morgan each tallied four kills in the set, while Edie passed out 13 assists. Laporte, a native of Irmo, S.C., also had two solo blocks and two block assists in the set, finishing the match with a career-high tying eight total blocks, including a career-high tying two solo blocks.

    Ole Miss closed out the match in dramatic fashion with a 25-19 victory in the fourth set. Down 20-11, the Lady Vols (10-9, 0-6 SEC) went on a 7-0 run to cut the Rebels’ lead to two at 20-18. Ole Miss regrouped from there though, and closed out the set and the match on a 5-1 run to win 25-19. Crow led Ole Miss in the final set with five kills, two digs, a solo block and a block assist. The Rebels’ victory over Tennessee on Friday night was their first over the Lady Vols since 2007.

    Ole Miss will face South Carolina (10-9, 2-5 SEC) on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT at the Gillom Sports Center. The Gamecocks are coming off a 3-0 loss at Mississippi State on Friday. South Carolina senior outside hitter Juliette Thévenin leads the SEC with 4.87 kills per set.

    Sunday is “Greek Day,” where the fraternity and sorority with the most spirit will get a picture on the Ole Miss website and recognition at the Ole Miss homecoming football game against Idaho on Oct. 26. All Greeks will also receive a free Ole Miss six-pack cooler.