COLUMBIA, S.C. - No. 25 Missouri volleyball (10-4) took down South Carolina (9-5) on the road on Friday to mark thei Tigers' second straight three-set shutout (25-17, 25-23, 25-15).
Mizzou's offense and defense lined up perfectly for a strong three-set takedown. Offensively, the Tigers posted a season high .560 hitting in the third set to make for an astounding .348 hitting on the afternoon. The Tigers tough defense held South Carolina to .054 hitting in the first set and .149 hitting on the night, one of their most unsatisfactory offensive performances this season.
Senior OH and SEC Offensive and Overall Player of the Week Kylie Deberg guided the Tigers through a strong three sets, tacking 16 kills on .387 hitting. Deberg led the game in kills, attacks by five, blocks by two, and points by 10. As a team, Mizzou racked up 41 kills, 4 aces, and 7 total blocks in just three sets against the Gamecocks.
#ShowMe Top Performers at South Carolina
- Deberg: 16 kills on .387 hitting, 5 total blocks, 2 aces, 6 digs
- Anna Dixon: 9 kills on .273 hitting, 2 total blocks, 1 dig
- Claudia Dillon: 6 kills on .417 hitting, 2 digs, 1 ace, 1 assists, 1 total block
Hear From Coach Joshua Taylor
"Our girls did some good things today. I was really pleased with how we started and finished the match. South Carolina played some good volleyball in set two, but I'm happy with how we toughed it out and trusted our training in tight situations. Looking forward to another good match tomorrow."
- Following Friday's victory, Mizzou improves to 9-3 historically against South Carolina, including a 3-3 record when playing at South Carolina.
- SEC Offensive and Overall Player of the week, Kylie Deberg, came up just one block shy of her season high with 5 total in the match and struck double digits in kills at 16.
- The Tigers hit a season-best .560 in set three of their swift shutout against the Gamecocks.
- After a dominating 25-17 set one victory, Mizzou has now claimed the opening set in their last three matches.
- Dillon tied her season high of one assist in the match against South Carolina while adding six more kills to her season total.
- Mizzou's strong defense kept South Carolina at 0.054 hitting in the first set, which was one of their lowest this season.
Mizzou returns to South Carolina Saturday for the second game of their double-header scheduled for 11 a.m. CT.