COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Mizzou Volleyball squared off against Mississippi State on Friday for the second and final time this season. The Tigers came out on top with a 3-1 (28-30, 25-12, 25-16, 25-12) victory over the Bulldogs, improving their record to 18-2 overall and 6-1 in the SEC. "I was pleased with how our team came together and really executed after dropping that first set," head coach Wayne Kreklow said. "From the get go, our team's defense was really impressive. A lot of individuals stepped up and played tough at the net. Offensively, we really came on as well after the opening set. Overall, this was a great conference win for us." The Tigers tallied a season-high 18.0 total blocks against the Bulldogs, cruising past their previous season-high of 14.0 total blocks. Five different Tigers finished with three or more total blocks on the evening. Mizzou got off to a slow start in set one, as they trailed for a majority of the time. However, Mizzou hung tough and went on to tie the Bulldogs 11 times, forcing the set into extra points. The Bulldogs ultimately took set one, 30-28.
Friday evening was led by outstanding Tigers' defense as they recorded eight in the first set alone. Freshman Alyssa Munlyn (Suwanee, Ga.) led the Tigers with four solo and five total blocks in the first set. Munlyn finished the night with nine total blocks, surpassing her previous career-high of eight total blocks in a match. The Tigers settled into a rhythm in the second set, maintaining the lead throughout its entirety. Mizzou went on a late 9-0 run to handily take the set, 25-12. Redshirt sophomore Kira Larson (Fargo, N.D.) tallied six kills, hitting .857 in the second set. Larson ended the night with 15 kills on .636 hitting, marking the first time she has led the team in kills.
Mizzou continued its domination into sets three and four as offensive production powered the team to victory. Junior Carly Kan (Honolulu, Hawaii) recorded 14 kills and 14 digs overall for her team-leading 12th double-double of the season. Kan assisted on defense as well with two solo blocks for the third time in her career.
Junior Emily Thater (Springfield, Mo.) matched her season-high with seven total blocks. Junior Julia Towler (Blue Springs, Mo.) posted a strong hitting match, finishing with six kills on .500 hitting.