Mizzou volleyball loses second straight match against LSU

Coach Wayne Kreklow talks to the team during a timeout on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.

Coach Wayne Kreklow talks to the team during a timeout on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.

The Missouri volleyball team still shows struggles after losing to LSU, 3-0 (19-25, 20-25, 19-25), Friday evening at the Hearnes Center.

The team is no longer undefeated at home against SEC opponents, with LSU breaking Missouri’s 12-match winning streak. Missouri is now 12-9 overall and 3-3 in SEC play.

Both teams battled closely in the opening of the first set, with multiple lead changes between Missouri and LSU. Yet LSU pulled ahead on a 6-1 run, garnering a five-point margin of 20-15. It continued to rack up points by taking advantage of two Missouri service errors and three kills of their own to wrap up the first set.

The second set featured a similar story. The Tigers started off weak, finding themselves trailing LSU by several points early on. They never came back, as LSU stretched the lead further, outscoring Missouri by as many as seven.

The Tigers put up a fight against LSU in the third set. The first half they led by a few points, but after a 13-13 tie, LSU managed to string several points together to gain a small lead of 18-16. Missouri again tried to play catch up, and was unable to engineer a run to push the match to a fourth set.

Middle blocker Briana Holman guided LSU’s strong offense, leading the team with 12 kills on a .611 hitting percentage. The team hit .317 overall and restricted Missouri to a .218 hitting percentage. Missouri had 29 total errors, including 14 attack errors and nine service errors.

Missouri’s Kasey Reuter, who started for the first time this season, hit .412 with nine kills and five digs. Carly Kan hit .312 with 12 kills and eight digs, while setters Loxley Keala and Ali Kreklow split 15 assists between them.

Missouri will see if they can find a solution to their struggles in their next match at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mississippi State.

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