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Missouri sweeps No. 18 Kentucky

2063 days ago
Missouri Athletics

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Mizzou Volleyball (21-4, 12-1 SEC) put together one of its most complete matches of the year on Sunday, sweeping No. 18 Kentucky (25-18, 25-21, 25-19) in straight sets.

The Tigers' triumph inside Memorial Coliseum clinched a season sweep over the Wildcats, while earning two Top 25 ranked victories in the process. Mizzou's offense was outstanding from the start on Sunday, as it finished with 46 kills on .382 hitting. It marked the Tigers' top team hitting percentage this year since Sept. 30 at Arkansas.

The Tigers' impressive 3-0 victory over Kentucky also established their 12th overall sweep this year and ninth sweep in conference action. Finally, it marked Mizzou's first sweep on the road over a Top 20 ranked opponent since Nov. 15, 2013, at Florida.

The Tigers were sensational in Sunday's opening set, tallying 13 kills on .480 hitting. Redshirt junior Melanie Crow (Wildwood, Mo.) was virtually unstoppable, producing a team high seven kills on .600 hitting in Mizzou's first set triumph.

Crow's hot start against the Wildcats also secured her 300th kill this season. Mizzou's efficient attack continued in the second set, as it recorded 21 kills on .413 hitting. Senior Carly Kan (Honolulu) recorded seven kills on .500 hitting in the set, securing her seventh straight match with double-digit kills.

Redshirt junior Kira Larson (Fargo, N.D.) and Crow also aided the Tigers' impressive offense, producing five and four second set kills, respectively. Crow joined Kan with 11 kills after two sets played. The Wildwood, Mo., native clinched her 17th double-digit kill performance this year, including her eighth 10-plus strike effort in SEC play.

The Tigers wrapped up their impressive effort in Lexington with a 25-19 match-clinching third set. In the final set, Mizzou's defense amped up its effort and earned three total blocks. The strong play at the net also limited Kentucky to only .161 hitting (seven attack errors).

TOP TIGERS • Crow: 15 kills on .333 hitting, 5 digs, 2 total blocks • Kan: 12 kills on .333 hitting, 9 digs, 2 total blocks • Emily Thater: 7 kills on .500 hitting, 2 aces, 400th career total block • Larson: 7 kills on .429 hitting

UP NEXT Following a full week off, the Tigers will return to action on Sunday, Nov. 13, at South Carolina.

First serve in Columbia, S.C., is scheduled for 3 p.m. (CT). Visit MUTigers.com for the latest information on all things Mizzou Volleyball. You can also find the Tigers on social media by liking us on Facebook (Missouri Volleyball) and following us on Twitter and Instagram (@MizzouVB).