COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Three Tigers finished in double-figures attacking as the University of Missouri volleyball team (10-5, 2-2 SEC) edged Texas A&M (10-4, 2-2 SEC), 3-1 (25-22, 25-22, 19-25, 25-21) Sunday afternoon at Reed Arena.
Colleyville, Texas native, Janet deMarrais paced Mizzou with a career-best 18 kills and eight digs (second-straight match with eight) competing in her home state for the first time as a student-athlete. It marked the sophomore outside hitter's fifth-straight double-digit kill outing (sixth in 2023).
Jordan Iliff chipped in a double-double of 16 kills and 14 digs on a .270 hitting percentage to go with six blocks and two aces. It marked her third double-double of the campaign. Dilara Gedikoglu finished with 10 kills, eight digs, a block and an ace.
With the win, Mizzou tied its SEC win total from the past two seasons (2021 and 2022). The victory also marked the Tigers first double-digit win season since 2020 (16-8, 15-7 SEC).
FIRST SET (25-22 Mizzou, Mizzou leads 1-0)
- Mizzou commenced the match with a 5-2 advantage that grew to 10-6 after a kill from Gedikoglu.
- Missouri then took a 15-11 lead at the media stoppage after an Aggies service error.
- The Tigers would widen the gap to 18-12 following an Iliff kill and a Texas A&M miscue.
- The Aggies responded with a 3-0 run to trim the Mizzou lead to 18-15 and prompt a timeout for the Tigers.
- Colleen Finney, deMarrais and Morgan Isenberg connected on three-straight rally stoppers to make the score 23-17 in favor of Missouri.
- Sierra Dudley would then elect for a setter dump to bring on set point (24-20). The Aggies would score twice more off Mizzou errors before Isenberg sealed the first set (25-22) with a kill.
- deMarrais commenced the match with five kills followed by Isenberg (three kills on a .400 clip).
SECOND SET (Mizzou 25-22, Mizzou leads 2-0)
- Gedikoglu terminated a rally before Iliff and Isenberg combined for a block to provide Mizzou a 15-11 edge at the media timeout.
- The Aggies would then even the set at 16-16 before Iliff added kills to retie the frame at 17-17 and 20-20.
- The Tigers would then close the set on a 4-0 run (25-22) to increase their lead to 2-0 in the match. deMarrais posted a kill before consecutive blocks by Iliff and Isenberg, followed by a Dudley service ace to wrap the frame.
- deMarrais compiled seven kills on a .278 clip during the second set Sunday. Iliff (.273) and Gedikoglu each chipped in four.
- Mizzou hit .234 in the second set.
- The second stanza featured 15 ties and seven lead changes.
THIRD SET (Texas A&M 25-19, Mizzou leads 2-1)
- The Aggies then utilized a 4-0 run for an early 9-6 lead in the third frame.
- A kill from Caroline Meuth provided Texas A&M a 15-12 advantage at the media stoppage.
- Iliff blasted a kill to cut the deficit to one (16-15) before Texas A&M regrew its margin to 18-15 and 21-16 which brought on both Mizzou timeouts.
- deMarrais notched a kill before a Dudley ace to trim the lead to 23-19 before Texas A&M took the next two points.
- deMarrais had five kills during set #3, hitting at a rate of .300.
- Texas A&M posted a team hitting percentage of .379 to force a fourth frame.
FOURTH SET (Mizzou 25-21, Mizzou wins 3-1)
- The Tigers went on an early 4-0 run for a 7-5 edge. deMarrais capped the sequence with an ace before a block assist from Isenberg and Iliff coupled with an Isenberg rally stopper.
- Gedikoglu added a pair of kills followed by an ace to make the scoreboard read 14-10 in favor of Mizzou.
- Missouri went to the media timeout leading 15-13 before the Aggies responded with consecutive points to knot the set.
- The Tigers then distanced themselves from Texas A&M with a 5-0 run (20-15). deMarrais teamed up with Isenberg for a block assist followed by an Iliff kill. Iliff then joined Isenberg for another block assist.
- Iliff added two more terminations for 21-16 and then 23-18 Mizzou advantages.
- The Aggies would then cut the margin to 23-21 before consecutive kills by Iliff and deMarrais secured the victory at 25-21.
- Iliff wrapped the match with seven kills on a .455 clip over the fourth set Sunday.
- Colleyville, Texas, native, Janet deMarrais paced Mizzou with a career-best 18 kills and eight digs competing in her home state for the first time as a student-athlete. It marked the sophomore outside hitter's fifth-straight double-digit kill outing (sixth in 2023).
- For Janet deMarrais, the eight digs matched a career-best set the match prior at LSU on Sept. 29.
- Jordan Iliff chipped in a double-double of 16 kills and 14 digs on a .270 hitting percentage to go with six blocks and two aces. It marked her third double-double in 2023.
- Dilara Gedikoglu finished with 10 kills, eight digs, a block and an ace Sunday.
- Libero Maya Sands scooped up 21 digs with five assists and an ace. It marked her ninth match with 15 or more digs (sixth match of 20 digs or more) in 2023.
- Freshman setter Sierra Dudley dished out 40 assists with seven digs and two aces.
- For Sierra Dudley, it marked her seventh match with 40 or more assists.
- Morgan Isenberg registered eight blocks to go with five kills.
- With the win, Mizzou tied its SEC win total (2) from the past two seasons (2021 and 2022).
- The victory also marked the Tigers first double-digit (10) win season since 2020 (16-8, 15-7 SEC).
- The SEC road win was head coach Dawn Sullivan's first at the helm of the Mizzou program.
- With the win, Missouri picked up its first victory over Texas A&M in College Station since Sept. 24, 2017 (3-1) as Mizzou had previously not faced Texas A&M on the road over the last six seasons.
- Texas A&M now leads the all-time series with Missouri, 33-20.
- Mizzou next continues SEC play, as the Tigers return home to host Kentucky at the Hearnes Center (6:30 p.m., CT) on Friday, Oct. 6.
- The match against the Wildcats will be streamed on SEC Network+.
- Oct. 6 is Alumni Night and Mental Health Awareness Night. The Tigers will recognize the 2013 SEC Championship team for their 20th anniversary.
- Fans in attendance will receive Koozies and Rally Towels, while supplies last.
- Following the match, fans can stick around for post-match autographs from the Mizzou Volleyball Team.