Missouri still struggling but gets the win over Xavier

By Joyce Peng, KBIA Sports

Libero Sarah Meister (4) celebrates winning a point with setter Loxley Keala. Meister had 16 digs in the match.

Libero Sarah Meister (4) celebrates winning a point with setter Loxley Keala. Meister had 16 digs in the match.

Missouri had another dramatic down-to-the-wire five-set match Saturday night.

The Tigers won 3-2 (22-25, 25-21, 22-25, 25-20, 15-8) against the Xavier Musketeers in their fourth game of the Tiger Invitational at the Hearnes Center. Missouri is now 4-3 for the season. With the win Missouri finished in second place for the tournament.

Missouri trailed almost entirely in the first set, but stayed within a few points of Xavier. The Tigers had a 4-0 run to come within a point, 21-22, but the Musketeers, on two kills and a Missouri service error, won the first match. The two teams were extremely tight again in the second set, but this time it was the Tigers with that few-point margin. Missouri hit a match-high of .342 in the second.

In the third, Xavier jumped to an early 9-2 lead and held a lead of five to six points for most of the set. The Tigers caught up on a 7-2 run to tie the score at 22, but couldn’t hold on for the win.

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The Tigers came back after trailing by a few points and exchanging leads with Xavier in the beginning of the fourth set. They slowly surged ahead after the 13-13 mark to win the set.

In the deciding fifth set, Xavier started on a 4-0 run, but the Tigers responded with a 12-0 run. Libero Sarah Meister served almost the entire run. The streak included kills by Loxley Keala, Whitney Little and Carly Kan.

The team improved its hitting percentage from .167 the match against Oakland to .239 against Xavier. It had a low team total of 6.5 blocks.

Kan had a double-double with 16 kills and 16 digs. Sophomore middle blocker Emily Thater had four service aces along with a .375 hitting percentage and 13 kills. Little had a .500 hitting percentage, 13 kills and two blocks.

All-Tournament MVP: Lauren Ford – Lipscomb
Brittany Estes – Lipscomb
Bri McCombs – Lipscomb
Carly Kan – Mizzou
Whitney Little – Mizzou
Alex Blair – Xavier
Ashley Rosch – Illinois State
Sammy Condon – Oakland

The team will face St. Louis 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hearnes Center.

Additional information from Mizzou Athletics was used for this story. 

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