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Missouri outlasts Alabama in five sets

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Missouri Athletics

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Mizzou Volleyball sought redemption on Wednesday in its rematch against Alabama and posted an exciting 3-2 (33-35, 25-20, 26-28, 25-19, 15-10) triumph in a close five set match. The Tigers improved their record to 19-3 overall and 7-2 in SEC play.

"Tonight was really a back and forth battle by each team," head coach Wayne Kreklow said. "There were moments throughout the match when each team made silly errors but later answered with some real nice plays. I definitely think there's room for improvement overall, but it's always nice to come away with a victory in conference play."

Four Tigers recorded seven plus blocks on Wednesday, leading Mizzou to a new season-high of 23.0 total blocks. The outstanding defensive night marked the fourth highest single match block total in program history, including the highest block total since the 25-point set era's inception in 2008.

It was a back and forth contest throughout set one as the teams recorded a total of nine lead changes, pushing the set into extra points. Redshirt sophomore Kira Larson (Fargo, N.D.) led the Tigers on offense with six kills, followed closely by freshman Alyssa Munlyn's (Suwanee, Ga.) five kills on .571 hitting.

Set two was all about defense as Mizzou recorded eight total blocks in the set. Munlyn accounted for six of the eight blocks and finished the night with 10 overall, setting a new career-high. Junior Julia Towler (Blue Springs, Mo.) shined on defense as well, recording three blocks in the set. Towler concluded Wednesday evening with nine blocks, surpassing her previous career-high of six total blocks in a match.

The block party continued into set three as Larson and junior Emily Thater (Springfield, Mo.) both continued to dominate on defense. Overall, Larson finished with seven total blocks while Thater posted nine total blocks, setting new career-highs for each Tiger.

With a strong showing on offense, Mizzou completed the exciting comeback to take sets four and five. Junior Carly Kan (Honolulu, Hawaii) finished with 16 kills and 10 digs, marking her team-leading 13th double-double of the season. For the second time in three matches, Larson matched her career-high in kills with 15 overall.

Munlyn tallied her first career double-double with 12 kills and 10 total blocks. It marked the first double-digit block output by a Tiger since Whitney Little accomplished the feat in 2012.

UP NEXT

Mizzou concludes its week at home on Sunday, Nov. 1, with a matchup vs. Auburn. First serve is set for 4 p.m. (CT) and the match will broadcast live on SEC Network.