Missouri has a good start in SEC play after beating Tennessee

The team hugs each other as they celebrate a won point in the third set.

The team hugs each other as they celebrate a won point in the third set.

By Joyce Peng, KBIA Sports

The Missouri volleyball team got its 20th conference win since joining the SEC this Sunday at the Hearnes Center.

The team beat Tennessee 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-16). They are now 11-5 overall and 2-0 in the SEC.

Tennessee was close behind Missouri in the first set and overtook the Tigers with a one-point lead twice. At the 18-18 mark, the Tigers took advantage of a Tennessee attack error and followed that with a Whitney Little kill for the two go-ahead points. From there, the Tigers launched a 5-1 run to close out the first set.

In the second set, the Tigers were slow to build a huge lead, but pulled ahead on a 5-0 run to attain a 9-4 lead. A kill from Regan Peltier started the run and the Tigers scored four points while Sydney Deeken was serving. Deeken had two service aces to contribute to the five-point run. From there, the Tigers steamed forward, leading by as many as 10 points and prevented Tennessee from catching up.

The Tigers jumped to a huge 9-1 lead from the start of the third set, with Sarah Meister serving behind seven of those points. Meister had three service aces contributing to the early run, and had five aces in the match for a career high. Similar to the second set, the team maintained a large lead throughout, by eight or nine points, and wrapped up the match on a kill by Carly Kan. The team hit a match-high of .375 in the third set with a match-low of five attack and serving errors.

Little hit .471 with nine kills and four total blocks, while Emily Thater also had four total blocks to go along with a .364 hitting percentage. Kan hit .286 with nine kills and seven digs.

The Tigers will see if they can continue their undefeated record in the SEC at Ole Miss 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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