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DAYTON INVITATIONAL

Mizzou defeats No. 14 Michigan to open DH sweep

66 days ago
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Photo: Hunter Dyke/Missouri Athletics

Game 1

DAYTON, Ohio - Mizzou Volleyball opened its weekend at the Dayton Invitational in style Friday morning, sweeping No. 14 Michigan (25-12, 25-13, 25-23). The Tigers' offense was simply lights out, posting 42 kills on .507 hitting. Mizzou consistently served tough as well, as five individuals contributed towards 10 total aces.

Junior Kylie Deberg couldn't be stopped on the outside, tallying 15 kills on .636 hitting. Junior Tyanna Omazic enjoyed a sensational all-around match, recording 11 kills on .529 hitting, three aces and two total blocks.

Friday morning marked Mizzou's 16th, Top 25 nationally ranked victory since joining the Southeastern Conference in 2012.

TOP PERFORMERS VS. NO. 14 MICHIGAN

  • Deberg: 15 kills on .636 hitting, 2 aces, 2 total blocks
  • Omazic: 11 kills on .529 hitting, 3 aces, 2 total blocks
  • Leketor Member-Meneh: 8 kills on .500 hitting, 1 ace, 1 solo block, 2 total blocks
  • Andrea Fuentes: 30 assists, 3 total blocks

 INTERIM HEAD COACH JOSHUA TAYLOR

On picking up a big weekend-opening victory over Michigan...

"This is huge. We performed well in virtually every aspect of the game this morning. I'm really pleased with so many people coming in today and contributing. This was a total team effort. We got a quick turnaround and have another tough opponent tonight in Dayton. A performance like this against a great opponent in Michigan gives us a lot of confidence."

MIZZOU TAKEAWAYS

  • Omazic is off to a scorching start in 2019, recording double-digit kills on .500-plus hitting in each match played.
  • Deberg paced the Tigers in kills for the second consecutive match. She has 29 kills (4.14 per set) over Mizzou's opening pair of contests this season.
  • Mizzou's offense jumped out to a sensational start Friday, posting 14 kills on .591 hitting. It somehow one-upped itself in set two, recording 13 additional kills on .600 hitting. The Tigers closed out the match with 15 kills on .379 hitting.
  • Mizzou's collective .507 hitting percentage against Michigan was its first .500-plus hitting performance in two years (Sept. 25, 2017 vs. Middle Tennessee).

Game 2

DAYTON, Ohio - Mizzou Volleyball wrapped up an impressive opening day at the Dayton Invitational with a 3-1 (25-22, 17-25, 25-16, 25-10) victory over the host Flyers. After Dayton evened the match at one apiece, the Tigers responded with a lights out third and fourth set.

In Mizzou's three set triumphs, its offense hit .433, .462 and .550, respectively. Overall on Friday across two matches inside the Frericks Center, the Tigers were phenomenal with 93 kills on .417 hitting.

Against Dayton Friday evening, junior Kylie Deberg stayed hot with a team-leading 19 kills on .375 hitting. Countless Tigers however stepped up on offense, as three additional individuals recorded seven-plus kills on .400-plus hitting.

Redshirt sophomore Andrea Fuentes once again orchestrated a beautiful Mizzou attack, tallying 38 assists versus the Flyers.

TOP PERFORMERS AT DAYTON

  • Deberg: 19 kills on .375 hitting, 2 aces, 9 digs, 2 solo blocks
  • Fuentes: 38 assists, 3 kills
  • Leketor Member-Meneh: 10 kills on .429 hitting, 3 aces
  • Kayla Caffey: 7 kills on .600 hitting, 2 total blocks
  • Tyanna Omazic: 8 kills on .455 hitting, 2 aces, 2 solo blocks, 3 total blocks

INTERIM HEAD COACH JOSHUA TAYLOR

On closing out a flawless day in Dayton Friday evening...

"After this morning's big win over Michigan, I knew we'd really have to refocus as a group and be prepared for Dayton. They're a very good team and it's always tough beating someone inside their home arena. I was real pleased with how we bounced back after the second set. We put our foot on the pedal in sets three and four and really executed well."

MIZZOU TAKEAWAYS

  • The Tigers' collective offensive numbers Friday against No. 14 Michigan and Dayton were staggering. Overall, Mizzou recorded 13.29 kills per set on .400-plus hitting while four individuals hit .450-plus.
  • Deberg particularly couldn't be stopped, producing 34 kills (4.86 per set) on .468 hitting. 
  • The Tiger middle blocking duo of Omazic and Caffey once again delivered, finishing with 30 kills on .489 hitting in Friday's pair of victories.

UP NEXT

Mizzou concludes its weekend in Dayton Saturday (Sept. 7) afternoon with a matchup against Northern Illinois. First serve is scheduled for Noon CT. The Tigers then trek back to Mid-Missouri for their home-opening tournament next weekend (Sept. 13-15).