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    SEC Volleyball Today: Friday, December 6

    Friday Volleyball RESULTS
    Missouri 3, IUPUI 0
    Creighton 3, Arkansas 1
    American 3, Georgia 0
    Texas 3, Texas A&M 1
    Florida State 3, Florida 2
    LSU 3, Michigan 2

     

    No. 4 Mizzou Sweeps IUPUI to Advance to Second Round

    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The No. 4 Mizzou volleyball team swept IUPUI, 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-18), on Friday evening at the Hearnes Center in round one of the NCAA Tournament as Mizzou advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in program history. The Tigers will play No. 19 Purdue in round two tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the Hearnes Center. On Friday, Mizzou was paced by a double-double from two-time All-American Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) as she tallied a match-high 15 kills on .333 hitting with 10 digs. Freshman Carly Kan (Honolulu, Hawaii) added 14 kills on .357 hitting with nine digs as well.

    “Well this time of the year, the name of the game is survive and advance,” head coach Wayne Kreklow said. “I didn’t think we came out particularly sharp today, but I thought we kind of found our rhythm midway through the third set and started playing like we had all season. We hadn’t done anything for about 10 days, so we needed to get out and play someone. Now we have to shift our focus to a very good Purdue team tomorrow.”

    SEC Player of the Year Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) spread 41 assists on 53 Tiger kills as she led Mizzou to .328 hitting, the 30th time in 35 matches that Mizzou has hit better than .300. Kreklow also added 14 digs for her 12th double-double of the season. Junior Emily Wilson (Omaha, Neb.) added seven kills on .294 hitting and classmate Whitney Little (Keller, Texas) pitched in six kills on .417 hitting with six total blocks (two solo, four assists). She is now just three blocks shy of matching her own single season blocks record and she reset the school single season solo blocks records as she now has 41 on the season.

    Mizzou was sluggish in the first set as IUPUI hung tough with the fourth-ranked Tigers, taking an 11-8 lead midway through the first as the Tigers struggled to get going offensively. Following a Wayne Kreklow timeout, IUPUI actually extended its lead to 13-9 before a 7-3 Tiger run tied the set at 16-all. The Tigers then opened a 20-17 lead following a kill from Kreklow, but IUPUI then rallied to tie the set at 22-22. But Mizzou scored the last three points of the set to win, 25-22, on Henning’s fifth kill of the set. Mizzou hit just .244 in the opening frame.

    The Tigers opened the second set on fire and looked much more like the team that drew the No. 4 national seed, blitzing the Jaguars for a 10-2 lead after a setter dump from Kreklow. That was all Mizzou needed to run away with the set, 25-15. The Tigers hit .429 in the frame with 18 kills on 35 attacks, led by five from Henning who needed just nine attempts for those five kills.

    The third set was more of the same as Mizzou opened with an 8-2 lead, using a variety of tip shots to open that advantage. In fact, Mizzou tallied six kills on its first 10 swings, four of which were on tip shots. That forced an IUPUI timeout and following the break, Mizzou extended its lead to 14-7 to force another IUPUI timeout and the Jaguars rallied to score five straight points to cut the Tiger lead to two as Mizzou committed three attack errors in that span and that led to a Wayne Kreklow stoppage. The Jaguars rallied to tie the set at 14-all, but Mizzou scored 11 of the last 15 points to clinch the set and the match. Mizzou had 18 kills on .333 hitting in the third.

    Mizzou will play Purdue tomorrow in the second round for a chance to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2010. The match will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Hearnes Center. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MizzouVB.






    Helm Joins 1,000-Dig Club in NCAA Loss to Creighton

    LAWRENCE, Kan. – The University of Arkansas volleyball team won the opening set but lost to Creighton in four (22-25, 25-14, 25-22, 26-24) Friday evening in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship. The Razorbacks were paced by a match-high 29 digs from senior libero Emily Helm while senior Hayley Koop and freshman Barbara Dapic each tallied 11 kills. Arkansas closes out the season with a 16-14 record.

    “First of all, I want to congratulate Creighton on a good match,” head coach Robert Pulliza said. “I am very proud of our team and proud of our season. Obviously, we’re a little disappointed. I thought we could have played better today but a lot of that goes to Creighton and some of the things they were able to do.”

    With her 15th dig of the match, Helm became the ninth member of Arkansas’ 1,000-dig club. Combined with Friday’s performance against the Bluejays, she registered 1,014 digs in her two-year Razorback career and is now tied for eighth place with Denise Baez (1994-96) on the program’s all-time. The Queen Creeek, Ariz., native tallied 530 digs during her senior campaign, good for the third-highest single-season figure in program history.

    Helm’s 29 digs also represents the highest total by a Razorback in an NCAA match. Dapic matched her career high with Friday’s performance while Koop posted her 11th double-digit effort of the season. From her setter position, senior Raymariely Santos dished out a season-high 42 assists to go along with six kills, five digs, two total blocks and a service ace. She finishes her collegiate career with 3,661 assists and ranked second on the program’s all-time list.

    “Making the NCAA Tournament two years in a row is the most amazing feeling,” Santos said. “These girls give their hearts and work hard every day to give (the seniors) what we’ve wanted to accomplish. We obviously wanted more but I’m proud of them and I know coach is going to get them going to make a run next year.”

    Redshirt freshman Ana Sofia Jusino led the Razorbacks with three total blocks and All-SEC junior Meredith Hays tallied seven kills, nine digs and an ace. Freshman Danielle Harbin was third on the team with nine kills, her highest total since the third match of the season.

    After falling behind by as many as five points early in the first set, the Razorbacks battled back to pull even at 16-all when a Creighton attack landed long. Arkansas grabbed its first lead of the match at 20-19 when the Bluejays sent another attack out of bounds. Harbin and Santos teamed up for a block to push the Razorback lead to 23-20 and force a timeout by Creighton. On the second set point, Hays sent a ball down the line and off an opposing defender to clinch the first set for Arkansas.

    The Razorbacks had to dig out of early deficits in each set Friday. After dropping sets two and three, the team erased a 5-1 hole in the fourth took its first lead of the frame with an ace from Santos. Arkansas led by as many as four points on two occasions, including a 20-16 advantage after a Harbin putaway. Dapic found the floor to give the Razorbacks a pair of set points at 24-22 but Creighton rattled off the final four points of the match to advance to the second round.

    “I think we helped set a standard,” Helm said. “Just making the NCAA Tournament isn’t where we need to be now. We need to realize that we can advance. We didn’t make it this year but we instilled them with our work ethic. I know they’ll carry that on and keep working hard. (The program) has a bright future.”

    For more information on Arkansas volleyball, follow @RazorbackVB on Twitter.






    Georgia Suffers 3-0 Loss in NCAA Tournament

    DURHAM, N.C. – The Georgia volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (21-25, 13-25, 11-25) decision to the American Eagles in the First Round of the NCAA Volleyball Tournament at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. Georgia ends its season with a 22-10 record, the most wins for a Georgia squad since 1994. It was Georgia first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2004.

    “It’s always disappointing to have you season end,” Head Coach Lizzy Stemke said. “American came out and had a great game plan and executed it well. We did not play our best volleyball tonight, and unfortunately, at this point in the season you can’t have an off night. These players should walk with their heads held high, because we have had a lot of success this season and our senior class led the charge in that. We were able to achieve a lot. This group has moved this program to places it hasn’t been in quite some time. And so where it hurts and maybe they don’t want to hear it right now, one match doesn’t define a season and a team. We need to keep that big picture in mind.”

    Stacey Smith led the Bulldogs with seven kills, followed by Tirah Le’au and Lauren Teknipp with six each. Kaylee Kehoe earned a team-best 19 assists. Teknipp and Elena Perri each had one block each, while Allison Summers recorded a match-high 23 digs.

    American jumped out to an early 7-4 lead, but a service error and a Teknipp kill put the Bulldogs within one at 7-6. The Eagles answered with four-straight points to take a 12-7 lead. A Smith kill down the line helped the Bulldogs cut the lead to three at 16-13, but a kill by the Eagles forced Georgia to use a timeout trailing 17-13. Trailing 21-15, the Bulldogs scored four of the next five points to cut the lead to 22-19. The Eagles went on to score three of the final five points to take a 25-21 win in the first set.

    The Eagles opened the second set on a 9-1 run to take control of the set. The Bulldogs were unable to find an offensive rhythm in the set, falling 25-13.  

    A forced error gave Georgia the opening point in the third set, but a 6-0 run allowed the Eagles to claim a 6-1 advantage. Trailing 8-3, a Teknipp kill and setting error by the Eagles made it a three-point set at 8-5. Three-straight Eagle points made it a 12-5 set and forced the Bulldogs to use a timeout. Georgia got the first point out of the break, but American responded with a 5-0 run that caused the Bulldogs to take its second timeout of the set trailing 17-6. The Eagles maintained their momentum, sealing the 3-0 victory with a 25-11 set three win.

    American will advance to face the winner of the Duke and College of Charleston match tomorrow at 6 p.m.
     



    Aggies Falls to No. 1 Texas, 3-1

    Texas A&M got double-digit kill numbers from Shelby Sullivan (14), Sierra Patrick (10) and Angela Lowak (10), but fell victim to 18.5 blocks by the Longhorns as the Aggies’ season came to an end.

    AUSTIN, Texas – Texas A&M pushed the nation's No. 1 team to four sets with a gritty effort, but the Aggies fell to Texas, 25-14, 25-18, 15-25, 25-19, Friday night before a rowdy crowd of 3,831 at Gregory Gym in the second round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship.

    The Aggies, who entered the match as winners of eight of their last nine matches, finish the season 19-12. The Maroon and White were playing in their third consecutive NCAA Championship, reaching the second round all three seasons. Texas improves to 25-2 and advances to the regional semifinal next weekend in Lincoln, Nebraska.

    Sophomore middle blocker Shelby Sullivan led the Aggie arsenal with a .522 hitting percentage, 14 kills (two off a career-high) and four block assists. Sophomores Angela Lowak and Sierra Patrick each logged 10 kills from the left and right outside hitter positions, respectively. Playing her last collegiate match, senior setter Allie Sawatzky recorded her 21st double-double of the season and the 45th of her career with 37 assists and 10 digs. Senior libero Heather Reynolds logged a match-high 20 digs, marking the 11th consecutive match she reached double figures in digs, and freshman Victoria Arenas also reached double-digit digs with 11.

    The Longhorns raced out to a 9-3 lead in the first and reclaimed a six-point lead at 11-5, before Patrick recorded consecutive kills to stem the tide. A&M remained in striking distance until 14-10 when the Longhorns went on a 7-0 run to stretch the lead to 21-10. The Maroon and White closed the gap to nine points, 21-12, with a service error by the Longhorns’ Amy Neal and a service ace by Sawatzky, but the Longhorns outscored the Aggies 4-2 down the stretch to finish the set.

    Patrick paced the A&M attack with a .833 hitting percentage and five kills.

    The Aggies got kills from Lowak, redshirt freshman middle blocker Jazzmin Babers and Patrick to take a 3-1 lead in the second set. Texas went on a 4-0 spurt to claim a 5-3 edge, but a service error by Khat Bell, a kill by Patrick, an attack error by UT’s Bailey Webster and a block assist by Patrick and Sullivan staked A&M to a 7-5 lead.  

    The match was tied on six occasions over the next 12 points before the Aggies gained their last lead of the second set at 13-12. UT responded with a 12-3 run to take 24-16 lead. Kills by senior outside hitter Ashley Vrana and Lowak staved of the close of the set before the Horns’ Chiaka Ogbogu was successful on a swing.

    In the third set, A&M was triumphant, 25-15, snapping a string of 16 consecutive sets won at home by the Longhorns. The Maroon and White outhit Texas in the third set, .306 to .094. Sullivan spearheaded the attack, hitting .625 with five kills and two blocks. Sophomore outside hitter Shelby Vaughn came off the bench to hit .429 with three kills, two digs and one block in the set.

    After the set started out tied 3-3, the Aggies stymied the Longhorns during an 8-1 charge to take an 11-4 lead. The sequence included three kills and two block assists by Sullivan. Texas closed the gap to four points at 13-9, but a 6-0 surge gave A&M a 19-9 cushion, finished off with a tandem block by Patrick and Babers. Consecutive attack errors by UT’s Molly McCage and Webster ballooned the lead to 12 points at 23-1,1 and an attack error by Ogbogu clinched the set for A&M.

    The Maroon and White took a 6-3 lead in the fourth set, including two kills by Lowak and a service ace by Reynolds. Texas went on a 4-0 run to take a 7-6 lead, and the Longhorns would not trail for the remainder of the set. A&M tied the match at 12-12 on Lowak’s fifth kill of the set, but Texas went on a 7-0 surge to take a 19-12 lead.

    The Longhorns’ maintained a sizeable cushion until 21-15, before the Aggies mounted one last rally. Kills by Sullivan and Lowak and an attack error by Webster trimmed the lead to 21-18. The gap was closed to three again at 22-19 before Texas finished the match with a 3-0 run.

    In the fourth set, Sullivan hit 1.000 with five kills and Lowak hit .667 with six kills, but the rest of the squad registered a -.350 hitting percentage with seven errors on 20 swings.

    After posting a .028 hitting percentage in the first two sets, A&M rebounded to hit .214 in the last two sets, including .306 in the third. The Aggies fell victim to 18.5 blocks by Texas, the most for an A&M opponent on the season.

    The match marked the last collegiate match for five Aggie seniors: Sawatzky, who started every match of her four-year career (123), Reynolds, Vrana, Kelsey Kinley and Mariah Agre.
     




    2013 Florida Volleyball Campaign Comes to a Close in NCAA Tournament Second Round

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida volleyball team fell short to FSU in another NCAA Second Round five-set thriller (15-25, 25-20, 25-22, 22-25, 9-15) between the two Sunshine State foes in front of 2,204 fans at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center Friday evening, and this time the Seminoles earned the victory to advance to the NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinals in Champaign, Ill., Dec. 13 & 14.

    Friday’s match was the second five-setter between UF and FSU in the last four years with both teams vying for a Sweet 16 berth. In 2010, the Gators advanced after a thriller that ended with a 17-15 fifth set, and despite four Gators in double-digit kills Friday evening – including senior middle blocker Chloe Mann (14), the NCAA’s career record holder for hitting efficiency – the Seminoles (26-7) pulled out the victory to move on in postseason play.

    The Orange and Blue close out a stellar campaign at 28-4 overall, the 23rd straight 25-win season in UF history, and 23rd straight Gator season with a NCAA Tournament berth. In addition to Mann’s NCAA record-setting senior-year successes, the Gators boasted the 2013 SEC Libero of the Year in junior Taylor Unroe, three other All-SEC honorees in Mann, sophomore outside hitter Živa Recek and freshman right side Alex Holston with 2013 AVCA All-Region and All-America honors still to come.

    Head coach Mary Wise eclipsed win No. 700 at the helm of the Florida program (714-84) and will enter the 2014 volleyball campaign just five wins shy of career win No. 800 (795-147).
     




    LSU  Volleyball Turns Tables on No. 24 Michigan

    SEATTLE - Cati Leak powered home a match-leading 22 kills to spark the LSU volleyball team to its fourth two-set comeback of the season as the Tigers outlasted No. 24 Michigan in a five-set slugfest [23-25, 9-25, 25-14, 25-19, 15-10] Friday at Alaska Airlines Arena in-front of 2,730 fans during the opening round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

    With the win, LSU (19-12) snapped an 18-match losing streak to AVCA Top 25 opponents which dated back to the 2010 season. The victory also gave the Tigers their ninth five-set win of the season equaling the 1985 squad for a single-season record.

    A key to LSU’s comeback was its defense effort. Michigan (18-14), a 2012 NCAA Final Four participant, ripped 27 kills on a .333 hitting percentage during the first two sets. Over the final three frames, the Tigers changed the momentum and secured eight of their 13 blocks. LSU also limited U-M’s offense to 27 kills and a .078 hitting ratio.

    Conversely, the Tigers connected for 42 of their 65 kills and a .255 hitting ratio during the final three stanzas. Malorie Pardo charted 45 assists and 12 digs en route to her 20th double-double on the season. She also provided a career-high six kills and added two blocks.

    For Leak, it was her seventh straight match with double digit kills and the fourth time in 2013 that the Alabama native garnered 20-plus spikes. She also corralled nine digs and chipped in three blocks.

    LSU advances to face either No. 3 national seed Washington in Saturday’s second round. First serve is scheduled for 9 p.m. CT with free live audio available inside the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live.  

    LSU’s back row was sparked by Haley Smith, who sprawled out for 18 of her career-high 29 digs during the final three stanzas. She also dished out a career-best five assists. Katie Lindelow picked up 11 digs and was 32-for-33 on her reception attempts.

    Briana Holman, an All-SEC and All-SEC Freshmen Team pick, belted 15 kills and added six blocks whereas Helen Boyle chipped in 14 kills and 16 digs to claim her seventh double dip of the season for the Tigers.

    Desiree Elliott came away with six kills, five blocks and four blocks. Off the bench, Madi Mahaffey registered two kills on three errorless swings to go along with four stuffs over the last three sets.

    Michigan was led by Molly Toon’s 15 kills, but the senior outside hitter had to use 61 swings. She scooped up 11 digs and recorded six blocks. The Wolverines also received 14 kills and nine blocks from Jennifer Cross, while Abby Cole tacked on 14 kills and nine blocks for U-M.

    After erasing a 2-0 hole, LSU fired out with eight of the first 10 points of the winner-take-all fifth set. Holman and Leak buried two kills apiece and teamed for a block to give the Tigers an early 5-1 edge. Michigan charged back to within three points on two occasions, the latest at 13-10. The Wolverines relied on a pair of Cross kills and two stuffs involving Cross. LSU turned to Leak for a sideout spike followed by an Elliott-Mahaffey block on Toon to cap the 15-10 comeback win.    

    LSU has earned 190 victories sparked by five 20-win seasons to go along with seven SEC Western Division titles since 2005. The Tigers also are one of 29 programs to appear in at least seven NCAA Tournaments during the last nine seasons.

    For all of the latest news and information on Tiger volleyball, visit www.lsusports.net/volleyball. Fans can also follow the program on its social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/lsuvolleyball along with @lsuvolleyball and @lsucoachfran on Twitter and @lsuvb on Instagram.