OMAHA, Neb. - Mizzou Volleyball (16-7) powered its way to the second round of the NCAA Volleyball Championship with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-15) win over South Dakota on Wednesday inside the CHI Health Convention Center.
Senior Kylie Deberg hammered home a match-high 16 kills while hitting a blistering .481 from the outside. Deberg added 10 digs to record her eighth double-double of the season. Sophomore Anna Dixon added 11 kills in her NCAA Championship debut.
The Tigers stormed out to a 10-2 lead in the first set before South Dakota answered to tie it at 17-17. A 4-0 run helped Mizzou pull away down the stretch to take the early lead. In the second, Mizzou made its move with a 12-3 run to finish the set. The Tigers trailed 15-13 at the media timeout, but four Deberg kills helped turn the tide late. Mizzou never trailed in the third set, closing the match by hitting .500 in the frame.
#SHOWME TOP PERFORMERS
- Kylie Deberg: 16 kills on .481 hitting, 10 digs, 2 aces, 2 blocks
- Andrea Fuentes: 39 assists (13 per set), 3 kills on .600 hitting, 1 ace, 1 block
- Anna Dixon: 11 kills on .304 hitting, 3 digs, 2 blocks
- Dariana Hollingsworth-Santana: 7 kills on .250 hitting, 4 digs, 1 block
HEAR FROM HEAD COACH JOSHUA TAYLOR
On team's performance to pull away in tight sets...
"It required us to rely on one another and solve a tough problem together as a group. We did a pretty nice job of that. Towards the end the match, we saw a little more consistency with addressing that early on, finding a solution to the problem we were facing, and going from there. So, I was happy with how we consistently got better."
- Mizzou's .347 hitting percentage is the seventh-best NCAA performance in program history.
- The Tigers earned a first-round sweep for the third straight tournament.
- With two aces in the match, Deberg became the third Tiger ever to record 150 career aces.
- Sophomore Claudia Dillon added six kills and a pair of blocks in the match.
- Sophomore Kenna Sauer led the match with three blocks and added three kills.
- Deberg had 10 kills in the second set without committing an error to hit .714 in the frame.
Mizzou advances to face No. 9-seed Ohio State on Thursday, April 15, at 11 a.m. The second round match will air on ESPN3.