UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Mizzou Volleyball (22-12) saw its 2017 campaign conclude Friday (Dec. 8) afternoon inside Rec Hall, following a 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-19) straight-set loss to No. 1 Penn State.
For the second consecutive year, the Tigers' season finale occurred in the NCAA Regional round. In 2016, Mizzou fell 3-1 to No. 2 national seed Minnesota, while dropping today's match against the No. 1 national seed Nittany Lions.
#ShowMe Top Performers
- Melanie Crow: 12 kills, 1 assist, 1 dig
- Kira Larson: 8 kills, 3 assists, 1 ace, 2 digs, 1 total block
- Courtney Eckenrode: 20 assists, 2 kills, 1 ace, 4 digs
- Kayla Caffey: 7 kills on .312 hitting, 1 ace, 2 digs, 1 total block
Hear From Head Coach Wayne Kreklow
On today's match / season reflection... "Obviously, we're disappointed with the outcome. We knew coming in that it was going to be a tough task in squaring off against the nation's No. 1 seed. They're No. 1 for a reason. They're really good. They have a lot of good players out there that do a lot of good things. I think it's a little disappointing, because we all felt that we could've played a little better today. We didn't play our best, but they had a lot to do with that. They served very impressively and kept us out of system a lot. They made it tough to sustain any consistent offensive rhythm." "I was really proud though of the way we battled. I'm proud of this season these ladies had. Prior to the match, I looked at the date and saw it was Dec. 8. Four months ago on Aug. 8, we started official practice. It's a long brutal season. It's a tough thing to do well and I'm very proud of them for doing it. We made it into elite company, as there was only 16 teams left playing this weekend and we were one of them. They earned it."
- The host Nittany Lions dominated on offense over their first set victory, tallying 14 kills on .565 hitting. Four Penn State attackers posted multiple kills over its opening set.
- Despite dropping the first set, Sydney Deeken and Caffey tied for the team lead with four kills apiece.
- Penn State led much of the second set, but a late mini scoring run by the Tigers pushed the deficit to only 19-16. The Nittany Lions answered in a big way however, outscoring Mizzou 6-2 over the final stretch of the set.
- The Nittany Lions' offense was lights out yet again in the second set, recording 15 kills on .444 hitting. Through two sets played, Penn State had 29 kills on an incredible .500 hitting mark.
- Crow led the charge for Mizzou in its second set attack, standing with eight kills on .312 hitting over two sets played.
- Crow posted a pair of quick kills in the third set, securing her ninth double-digit kill match this season.
- The Tigers' best performance occurred in set three, highlighted by an early 11-7 advantage over the Nittany Lions. The host Penn State answered in a big way after its early deficit and easily clinched the match with a 25-19 set victory.
- The Nittany Lions exceeded .300 hitting over all three sets and finished with 44 kills on .432 hitting overall.