|SUNDAY VOLEYBALL SCHEDULE/RESULTS
|Missouri 3, Kentucky 0
|Georgia 3, Tennessee 1
|Arkansas 3, Ole Miss 0
|Florida 3, Texas A&M 2
|Auburn 3, Mississippi State 0
Wayne Kreklow Wins No. 500 in 3-0 Sweep of No. 19 Kentucky
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Wayne Kreklow won his 500th match as a head coach on Sunday (Nov. 3) as the No. 7 Mizzou volleyball team swept No. 19 Kentucky, 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-22), as it improved to a national-best 27-0 and an SEC-best 11-0 in league play. The match was played in front of 3,925 fans at the Hearnes Center, Mizzou’s fifth consecutive match with at least 3,000 fans in attendance. The win also gives Mizzou 27 on the season, the most ever by a Kreklow-led team at Mizzou, topping the previous best of 26-8 in 2002. The win is Mizzou’s first ever over Kentucky and Mizzou’s second over a top-20 team this season.
Junior All-SEC middle blocker Whitney Little (Keller, Texas) led Mizzou with 11 kills on .588 hitting as Kentucky struggled to slow Mizzou’s middles. Freshman Emily Thater (Springfield, Mo.) also added seven kills on .500 hitting with six blocks in the win and classmate Julia Towler (Blue Springs, Mo.) added two kills on two swings with a pair of blocks. In all, the Tiger middle hitters combined for 20 kills on .613 hitting with 13 blocks in the win.
“I am just really proud of this group,” head coach Wayne Kreklow said. “It is great to win 500, but for me it really just means that you have been doing this for a really long time. At the end of the year, I’ll probably look back and feel good about it, but right now we have our sights set on bigger goals and we are just trying to take it one step at a time. Kentucky is a good team – they are ranked in the top-20 for a reason. We did a good job of serving today and I thought we had a lot of people step up and make plays.”
Aside from the Tiger middles, senior and two-time All-American Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) finished with 11 kills and eight digs and senior setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) continued to prove why she is arguably the top setter in the nation with 39 assists while guiding Mizzou to .350 hitting. She also tallied five kills on eight attempts and collected seven digs. In all, Kentucky came into Sunday’s contest limiting the opposition to .182 hitting and the Tigers hit .350. It is the 23rd time in 27 matches that Mizzou has hit .300 or better this season.
Kentucky did a nice job of controlling the Tigers’ pin hitters on Sunday, limiting reigning SEC Player of the Week Carly Kan (Honolulu, Hawaii) to just six kills on .105 hitting while holding Emily Wilson (Omaha, Neb.) to just five kills, but it was the play of the Tiger middles that propelled the team to victory. Mizzou also slowed Kentucky’s senior All-American right side Whitney Billings, who had just seven kills on .083 hitting with five errors. Mizzou had nine blocks in the match, six of which came in the second set. Thater led Mizzou with six (one solo, five assists) and Henning added five as well. Kan, despite being slowed offensively, still had a great floor game, collecting nine digs while converting a team-high 32 service receptions. Junior libero Sarah Meister (San Diego, Calif.) added seven digs and five assists as well and Henning pulled in eight digs of her own.
The first set featured a very high level of volleyball on both sides of the net, but Mizzou used a torrid .424 attack clip and 17 kills to claim a 25-21 set win. Mizzou had 17 kills in the frame with just three attack errors. The second set was close until the Tiger block came up with some huge plays to help Mizzou claim a 25-23 set win despite a late run by the Wildcats. It was the Mizzou offense that again made the difference in third set as the Tigers hit .394 with 17 kills as Henning and Thater each posted four kills on six errorless attacks in the frame.
The Tigers will put their undefeated and SEC-leading record on the line this next weekend in a pair of rough road tests at Auburn and Alabama. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter MizzouVB.
Georgia Takes Down Tennessee, 3-1
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Georgia volleyball team knocked of the Tennessee Lady Vols 3-1 (20-25, 15-25, 25-15, 25-19) in Southeastern Conference volleyball action on Sunday, Nov. 3 in Knoxville, Tenn. The win marked the first time since 2001 that the Bulldogs defeated Tennessee in Knoxville and secured the first season sweep of the Lady Vols since 1997. With the win, Georgia improves to 17-7 overall and 7-5 in the SEC. Tennessee drops to 9-16 on the season and 1-10 in league play.
Brittany Northcutt and Kaylee Kehoe each earned double-double performances, as Northcutt finished tied for the team lead in kills with 11 and added 12 digs. Kehoe led the team with 29 assists to go along with 10 digs. Tirah Le’au also had 11 kills in the match, while Stacey Smith finished with 10 kills. Jasmine Eatmon and Elena Perri led the Bulldogs defensively, racking up four blocks each. Allison Summers led the team with 16 digs.
Georgia took a 10-7 lead in the first set before the Lady Vols fought back to tie the set at 13. The teams kept the set close, tying four times before Georgia was able to score back-to-back points to take a 21-19 lead. The Bulldogs allowed just one more point and scored the final four of the set to win 25-20.
After dropping the second set 25-15 that tied the match at one set each, Georgia took a 2-1 lead in the match with a 25-15 win in the third set. The set was close in the opening possessions, with neither team able to take more than a two-point lead until a Northcutt kill put Georgia up 9-6. Georgia was able to maintain control of the set, extending its lead to six points at 19-13 on a Tennessee error that forced the Lady Vols to use a timeout. Georgia allowed just two more points and ended the match on a 3-0 run that included the set-winning kill by Northcutt.
Holding a 2-1 edge in the match, Georgia opened the fourth set on a 7-3 run that gave it the early lead. Tennessee fought back to within two at 13-11, but Georgia answered with a Kehoe kill that sparked a 3-0 run that made it a 16-11 set and caused Tennessee to use its final timeout of the set. The Bulldogs were able to hold on to their lead, never allowing the Lady Vols within four points before a Northcutt kill sealed the 25-19 win that secured the 3-1 win over Tennessee.
Georgia returns to action next weekend, Nov. 8 and 10 when it hosts LSU and South Carolina. The Bulldogs will face LSU on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m., before taking on the Gamecocks on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 1:30 p.m.
Arkansas Records Season-High Efficiency in Sweep of Ole Miss
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The University of Arkansas volleyball team registered a season-high .434 hitting percentage en route to a straight-set victory over Ole Miss (25-19, 25-20, 25-23) Sunday afternoon at Barnhill Arena. The Razorbacks’ offensive output is their highest against an SEC opponent since the 2006 season and ranks fourth on the program’s all-time list. With Sunday’s result, Arkansas improves to 14-10 overall and 7-6 in conference play.
The Razorbacks’ .434 hitting percentage is also the fourth-best performance by an SEC team in conference play this season. Five different Razorbacks had at least five kills against Ole Miss, paced by a match-high 12 from junior Meredith Hays and nine from redshirt freshman Ana Sofia Jusino. Defensively, freshman Breana Jones had a career-high seven total blocks.
“I thought our team had great effort,” head coach Robert Pulliza said. “That’s something we have talked about. We have to control our own effort a little bit better. We did that today and controlled the energy in the gym which led to a great team performance. I’m really proud of our players after a tough match Friday against a good Kentucky team.”
Arkansas built an early 5-2 lead in the first set after three consecutive blocks—all involving Jones—and never trailed again. Freshman Danielle Harbin pounded a ball down the line and off the Ole Miss libero to put her team ahead 19-10, the largest lead of the set. On the Razorbacks’ third set point, Hays found the floor with her fourth kill of the set to secure the opener.
The Razorbacks scored the first three points of the second set and led 17-12 to force an Ole Miss timeout after a service ace from Jones. The Rebels made a push to cut Arkansas’ lead to two but the home team responded by winning five of the next seven points to take a 23-18 advantage. Senior Raymariely Santos tooled the Ole Miss block on set point to send Arkansas into the locker room with the 2-0 match lead.
Sophomore Monica Bollinger had two early aces in the third set to help Arkansas to a 4-0 lead. After leading by as many as five points during the set, the Razorbacks’ lead was erased when Ole Miss (11-12, 1-9 SEC) pulled even at 23-all. However, the team turned to Hays who responded with a kill to set up match point and a service ace to secure the sweep.
Arkansas is now 16-4 on its home floor against Ole Miss. With a weekend home stand in the books, the Razorbacks return to road action with matches at Alabama and Auburn. The team’s road swing begins Friday against the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. (CT) at Foster Auditorium.
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Career Days for Holston, Mann and Unroe Propel No. 5 Gator Volleyball Past Texas A&M in Five-Set Thriller
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Stellar performances by senior middle blocker Chloe Mann, freshman right-side hitter Alex Holston and junior libero Taylor Unroe pushed the No. 5 Gator volleyball team to a five-set victory (24-26, 25-23, 25-8, 24-26, 16-14) over Texas A&M Sunday afternoon at Reed Arena. It was Florida's second straight five-set win at Texas A&M.
Unroe was unreal from behind the service line, smashing a career-high six service aces, including back-to-back aces to seal the match. Her serve on match point rolled off the top of the tape and dropped untouched to give the Gators the 16-14 fifth set victory.
Senior CLASS Award finalist and First Team All-American Mann had a career performance against the Aggies, crushing 22 kills Sunday, a new career high. Mann hit a match-high .606 and added three blocks for a career-high 24 points. Holston tallied a career-high 21 kills, including six in both the second and fourth sets, hitting .459 on the afternoon.
* Florida's 100 points tie for the third-most in program history in the rally scoring era, matching the total from the Gators' five-set victory over Tennessee on Nov. 21, 2004.
* For the second straight match, four Gators tallied double-figure kills and double-digit digs. Offensively, Mann (22), Holston (21), Gabby Mallette (10) and Živa Recek (10). Defensively, Florida was led by junior defensive specialist Holly Pole (14), Recek (14), Unroe (12) and sophomore defensive specialist Nikki O'Rourke (10).
* Unroe not only notched six service aces, she pushed the Gators on an 8-0 run in the third set. In that stretch, the Muncie, Ind. native tallied four of her six aces.
* Sophomore middle blocker Simone Antwi was impressive defensively for the Gators, stuffing a match-high five blocks. She had 13 points on the afternoon with eight kills and two service aces against the Aggies.
Double Dip: Reigning AVCA National Freshman of the Year Recek turned in her 17th career double-double against the Aggies, her eighth of 2013.
Comeback Kids: The Gators twice dug themselves out of a large deficit, coming back from down 9-16 in the second set to edge the Aggies, 25-23, behind the serve of junior defensive specialist Madison Monserez. Florida was also down six in the fourth set and stormed back to get to match point, but A&M saved the set and went on to force the fifth and decisive stanza.
Outstanding Offense: Gator setters Taylor Brauneis and Mackenzie Dagostino teamed up to set Florida to a .313 hitting percentage, the 16th time the Orange and Blue have hit above .300. The duo dished out 61 assists on the afternoon.
Chloe's a "Mann"ster: Senior middle blocker Chloe Mann is hitting .474 for her career and is the Florida career record holder in the category. The reigning SEC Player of the Year is the NCAA active leader in hitting percentage and sits just above the NCAA record holder in career hitting percentage, Penn State's Arielle Wilson (.468). Mann needs 60 more attempts to be eligible for the NCAA record (10 attacks/reg. season match).
NCAA Numbers: Senior Chloe Mann leads the NCAA in hitting percentage (.514), while the Gators are second in the nation with a .330 offensive clip. Freshman right-side hitter Alex Holston is 13th in the country with a .428 hitting percentage and senior setter Taylor Brauneis is seventh in assists (11.59/set).
Mary's Minute: "Terrific drama in a match that was so well-played. Texas A&M was fantastic from the energy of their fans to the effort by their players, they played so well. They could've won this match. We were so fortunate to have a couple key plays in the fifth set that we didn't make in the fourth set helped us win this match."
Auburn Volleyball Wins Third Straight, Downs Mississippi State 3-0
AUBURN, Ala. -- Senior Camila Jersonsky put down 14 kills and seven blocks to lead the Auburn volleyball team to a 3-0 win over Mississippi State (25-17, 25-16, 25-16) on Sunday afternoon at Auburn Arena.
The Tigers (15-8, 6-5) notched their third-consecutive sweep in Southeastern Conference play, and in doing so, guaranteed at least a .500 record for the second-straight season. It was also the third win in a row for the Tigers over Mississippi State (11-13, 2-8 SEC) and the seventh in the last nine meetings, and it moved Auburn above .500 in SEC play for the first time this year.
It was a big day for Auburn's offense in the middle as Jersonsky and fellow senior Courtney McDonald combined for 23 of Auburn's 50 kills and both topped the .500 mark on the day. Jersonsky hit .619 with just one error on 22 swings, and McDonald had nine kills on 13 attempts with just two errors for a .538 hitting percentage.
"Really happy with the win," Auburn head coach Rick Nold said. "We talked before the match about attacking the middle, and as the match went along, we did a good job getting (our middles) the ball. Cam really moved the ball around and picked some different shots and earned a lot of points for us. The key to our offense is to spread things around, and when we do that, we open things up for each of our hitters."
Katherine Culwell also had nine kills on the day on 25 error-free swings for a .360 hitting percentage. Kathia Rud and Stephanie Campbell added seven kills apiece, and Emily Klitzke contributed four to the winning effort.
Setters Chelsea Wintzinger and Alyssa Ivey were instrumental in spreading the ball around to the Tigers' hitters with Wintzinger posting 24 assists and Ivey contributing 18.
The Tigers also had 10 blocks in the match, a season-high for Auburn in a match lasting less than five sets, with Jersonsky responsible for seven of them. Rud was in on five blocks, and McDonald and Klitzke had two apiece. Sarah Wroblicky was also strong defensively with a 16-dig effort while Culwell was one behind her with 15 digs.
"We had a good defensive game plan," Nold said. "I thought we did a good job, especially early, taking away the shots they like to hit. When we're doing that, it makes it easy to play defense behind. The players did a good job of sticking to the game plan and taking things away (from MSU)."
Kimmy Gardiner led Mississippi State with 11 kills, and Taylor Scott added eight.
Auburn hit .369 in the match, the third-best mark of the season for the Tigers and the top hitting percentage for Auburn in an SEC match this year; Mississippi State, meanwhile, hit .094, the second-straight match Auburn has held an opponent below .100. Auburn had 50 kills to MSU's 30 and out-dug the Bulldogs 53-37.
Except for the first points of each set, Auburn never trailed in the match. Auburn jumped out early in each of the first two sets and, despite an MSU run to cut it to a one-point game in set one, never allowed the Bulldogs to tie the score after the initial points of the set. The Tigers hit .314 in the opening set and .312 in the second, holding MSU below .100 in each of the first two frames. The Bulldogs hung around in the third set, staying within two or three points most of the way, but Auburn pulled away late, closing on an 8-2 run.
The Tigers will play what will likely be the final match at the Student Activities Center on Friday night, Nov. 8, as the unbeaten and seventh-ranked Missouri Tigers visit for a 7 p.m. match. The match is being played at the Student Act because of a conflict with the men's basketball season-opener. Next Sunday, the Tigers are back at Auburn Arena for a 1:30 p.m. match against the Arkansas Razorbacks. Admission is free to all home Auburn volleyball matches.
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