BOISE, Idaho - Mizzou Volleyball (3-3) opened its weekend at the Boise State Invitational Friday with a doubleheader, splitting matches against Sacramento State and No. 10 BYU. The Tigers opened their day strong with a 3-1 (24-26, 25-20, 25-18, 25-20) victory over the Hornets, but fell 3-1 (13-25, 25-21, 21-25, 16-25) in a hard-fought match against the Cougars.
TOP PERFORMERS VS. SACRAMENTO STATE
- Dariana Hollingsworth-Santana: 12 kills, 2 aces, 11 digs, 5 total blocks
- Sydney Deeken: 13 kills on .375 hitting, 4 digs, 6 total blocks
- Kira Larson: 11 kills, 16 digs, 4 total blocks
- Alyssa Munlyn: 7 kills, 9 total blocks
TOP PERFORMERS VS. NO. 10 BYU
- Munlyn: 4 kills, career-high 13 total blocks (matching school record)
- Hollingsworth: career-high 13 kills and 8 total blocks
- Larson: 7 kills, 8 digs, 4 total blocks
HEAR FROM COACH KREKLOW On the Tigers' performances Friday...
"Overall, I was pleased with today. I thought we executed well this morning against Sacramento State. We did a good job of bouncing back and showing some discipline and maturity after letting the first set get away. Sacramento State came in 3-1 so I was pleased with the bounce back and offensive execution."
"I was also very encouraged tonight by our performance against BYU. They are a great team and there were several really positive takeaways. Our blocking was outstanding. Our passing was very solid after the first set. We have to continue to work on our serving and offensive efficiency however. It was a great match and highly competitive. We didn't come away with the win, but we got better overall today."
HEAR FROM THE TIGERS Munlyn on her historic blocking performance against BYU...
"It means that all the hard work we're putting in is paying off. It's exciting to see the improvement in such a short amount of time, but I'm definitely not done personally. The single-match blocking record is just a bonus. I'm more concerned about being the best player I can be."
Hollingsworth on her breakout two-match span for the Tigers...
"I had a lot on my mind before today and I think I did a good job of getting my head in the game and bouncing back each play. One of my focuses in each match was to know my shots and when to take them. I think that was one of the keys to being successful offensively."
- After a disappointing first set versus Sacramento State, the Tigers responded with three consecutive set victories. Strong defense keyed Mizzou's turnaround, as it posted a season-high 75 digs and 16.5 total blocks.
- A whopping five Tigers tallied four-plus total blocks against the Hornets, led by Munlyn's season-high nine total blocks.
- Larson and redshirt sophomore Riley Sents each produced a team-leading 16 digs against Sacramento State. Larson's 16 digs established a new career-high.
- Running the 6-2 offense, senior setters Courtney Eckenrode and Ali Kreklow both turned in solid performances. Eckenrode recorded 27 assists and seven digs, while Kreklow produced a season-high 18 assists and six digs.
- After a small role in the Tigers' season opening weekend at the Culver's Governors Challenge (Aug. 25-26), Hollingsworth enjoyed her coming out party against Sacramento State. The San Juan, Puerto Rico, native tallied season-highs in virtually every category, en route to her first career double-double.
- Deeken once again was a steady offensive weapon for Mizzou, recording double-digit kills for the third consecutive match. Her 13 kills paced the Tigers, as her excellent .375 hitting percentage marked a new season-high.
- Against No. 10 BYU, the Tigers struggled in the opening set and fell 25-13. To Mizzou's credit, it responded nicely in the second set with a 25-21 triumph and evened the match at one apiece.
- The Tigers played well and battled hard in sets three and four, but the Cougars' weapons proved to be too much en route to a 3-1 match win. BYU outmatched Mizzou in kills, hitting, assists, aces and digs.
- Mizzou's team highlight versus the Cougars was easily its blocking effort, accumulating 16.0 total blocks. The Tigers were impressive defensively at the net in both matches Friday, recording 32.5 total blocks.
- Munlyn's 13.0 total blocks against BYU was a historical accomplishment, as it matched Weiwen Wang's (Oct. 3, 2007) output for most individual total blocks in a single-match in Mizzou Volleyball history.
- Additionally, Munlyn's 3.3 blocks per set (13 total blocks over four sets) against the Cougars were T-2nd-most in a single-match in program history.
- It took only one match for Hollingsworth to re-establish a new career-high in kills, as she tallied 13 against BYU. The Tiger outside hitter was also impressive defensively, delivering a career-best eight total blocks.
Mizzou concludes its weekend trip at the Boise State Invitational on Saturday (Sept. 2) against host Boise State. First serve inside Bronco Gym is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. CT. Fans can tune-in live on FloVolleyball.TV.