STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mizzou Volleyball (15-1, 3-0 SEC) recorded a 3-1 (27-25, 26-28, 25-22, 25-17) victory at Mississippi State on Friday in its first Southeastern Conference match away from home.
"Tonight was a real energetic and loud atmosphere in Starkville which you come to expect in any SEC contest," head coach Wayne Kreklow said. "I was real pleased with how our team maintained its focus after the Bulldogs took the second set. In the last two sets, we were really carried by outstanding blocking. I think our successful play at the net was really the deciding factor tonight."
Junior Carly Kan (Honolulu, Hawaii) recorded a team-leading 16 kills with 14 digs, marking her 10th double-double of the season. Kan has finished with a double-double in each of Mizzou's first three SEC matchups this year.
Junior Emily Thater (Springfield, Mo.) produced the Tigers' most efficient attack all night, finishing with nine kills on a team-best .562 hitting. Thater also paced Mizzou in total blocks with five.
In a loud Newell-Grissom Building, the Tigers and Bulldogs needed extra points to decide the first set winner. With the score tied at 25 apiece, Mississippi State suffered consecutive attack errors and gave Mizzou a 27-25 opening set triumph. Freshman Alyssa Munlyn (Suwanee, Ga.) led the Tigers with four kills on .500 hitting and one block.
Mizzou and Mississippi State traded scoring runs in the second set with the Bulldogs ultimately coming out on top, 28-26. Thater posted a strong set despite the Tigers dropping the set, finishing with five kills on .625 hitting and a team-leading two blocks.
The third set was back and forth through the midway point, as Mississippi State held onto a 16-15 edge. Mizzou responded in a big way however, tallying a 6-0 run with five of those points coming courtesy of a block. Thater and redshirt sophomore Kira Larson (Fargo, N.D.) each produced two block assists to lead the Tiger defense.
Kan played a key role into Mizzou's match-clinching fourth set, claiming six kills on an impressive .667 hitting percentage.
The Tigers close their weekend with a visit to Alabama on Sunday, Oct. 11. First serve is set for 4 p.m. (CT) and the match will be televised on SEC Network.