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Missouri rallies to defeat No. 18 Kentucky

1897 days ago
Missouri Athletics

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Mizzou Volleyball produced one of its most exciting wins of the season after defeating Kentucky 3-2 (25-27, 25-19, 23-25, 25-19, 16-14) on Sunday afternoon inside Memorial Coliseum.

"This team has showed incredible resiliency throughout this season and today's match really exemplified that," head coach Wayne Kreklow said. "We could've easily been down on ourselves many times this afternoon but our ladies never quit. Just an outstanding job by everyone on this team today."

Mizzou trailed by six points twice in the fifth set, (12-6, 13-7) before tallying a thrilling 6-0 run to even the score. The Tigers' 14th block of the match wrapped up the afternoon and improved their record to 23-4 (11-3 SEC) this season.

Four Tigers recorded double-digit kills against the Wildcats, highlighted by junior Carly Kan's (Honolulu, Hawaii) team-leading 16 kills. The Mizzou outside hitter also tacked on 18 digs, marking her team-leading 15th double-double of the season.

Senior Regan Peltier (Nixa, Mo.) had one of her top matches of the season, producing 14 kills on .357 hitting and 10 digs. Peltier and sophomore Courtney Eckenrode (The Woodlands, Texas) each tallied their third double-doubles of the season to highlight the Tigers' afternoon.

Mizzou got off to an outstanding start in the first set, holding a late 18-12 advantage. However, Kentucky fired back with a 6-0 run to even the set at 19 apiece. The two teams exchanged points the rest of the way with Kentucky ultimately claiming a 27-25 triumph. Junior Emily Thater (Springfield, Mo.) and Kan each tallied four kills to pace Mizzou's attack.

Similar to its opening set, Mizzou started well once again in the second set. The Tigers closed out the Wildcats this time around, evening the match at 1-1 with their 25-19 victory. Mizzou tallied 14 kills on .364 hitting in set number two, highlighted by three kills apiece from Thater, Kan and redshirt sophomore Kira Larson (Fargo, N.D.)

Set three continued the afternoon's competitive play by both teams as there were eight ties and six lead changes. Mizzou held a late 21-19 advantage but Kentucky went on a 6-2 run to wrap up its 2-1 match lead. Larson and Kan maintained their strong offensive matches with five and four third set kills, respectively.

Eight more ties highlighted set four, as the Tigers and Wildcats continued to battle hard. With the score tied at 18 apiece, Mizzou used a 7-1 run to close out the set and even the match at 2-2. Peltier continued her solid afternoon with five kills on .400 hitting in the fourth set.

UP NEXT

Mizzou continues its final road stretch of the season with two away matches next week. The Tigers travel to Arkansas on Wednesday, Nov. 18, followed by a visit to Ole Miss on Sunday, Nov. 22. First serve in Fayetteville, Ark., is set for 5 p.m. while action is to begin at 1:30 p.m. in Oxford, Miss.