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Sydney Deeken earns Freshman of the Week honors in the SEC

Outside hitter Sydney Deeken winds up as she serves. Deeken got her second career start today, and had seven kills on a .143 hitting percentage, as well racking up three block assists.

Outside hitter Sydney Deeken winds up as she serves. Deeken got her second career start today, and had seven kills on a .143 hitting percentage, as well racking up three block assists in route to earning SEC Freshman of the week honors.

By Joyce Peng, KBIA Sports

Missouri outside hitter Sydney Deeken was named SEC Freshman of the Week, following strong outings last weekend against Mississippi State and Tennessee, where she had her first career starts.

Against Mississippi State she had 10 kills on a .368 hitting percentage, along with nine digs. Deeken nailed two service aces during the Tennessee match, and finished the game with seven kills and three total blocks.

Deeken had an average of 2.83 kills and 3.42 points last weekend. She made her college debut against UNC Greensboro on Sept. 20, after missing the beginning of the season due to an abdominal strain.

This is the first time this season that a Missouri player earned SEC distinctions. The last time a Tiger received the Freshman of the Week award was Carly Kan on Oct. 14 of last season.

Alabama right side hitter Krystal Rivers earned the Offensive Player of the Week award. Rivers averaged a .400 hitting, and garnered 48 kills, 22 digs and seven total blocks for the week. The Defensive Player of the Week award went to Florida defensive specialist/libero Holly Pole. Pole’s digs average ranks third in the conference, and had 4.33 digs per set in the Gators’ first two wins in the SEC.

The Tigers will play at Ole Miss 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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 Read more of this post

Missouri surges back late to defeat South Carolina 21-20

Starting quarterback Maty Mauk has thrown for 14 touchdowns this season.

Starting quarterback Maty Mauk has thrown for 14 touchdowns this season.

By Christian Clark, KBIA Sports

Two fourth-quarter touchdowns from a Missouri offense that had produced just 69 total yards on its previous 10 possessions helped the unranked Tigers eek out a 21-20 comeback victory over No. 13 South Carolina on Saturday night at Williams-Brice Stadium.

South Carolina held a 20-7 advantage with 7:25 left in the game Read more of this post

Missouri softball keeps rolling with 2 more fall wins

Corrin Genovese helped Missouri take two more fall victories.

Corrin Genovese helped Missouri take two more fall victories.

By Tim Leible, KBIA Sports 

The Missouri softball team continued its strong start to the fall season with wins over North Central Missouri College and Highland Community College on Friday at University Field.

The first game of the day came against North Central Missouri and the Tigers’ bats were firing on all cylinders from the first pitch.

Missouri scored two runs in the first inning and four in the second inning before absolutely exploding in the third inning with 10 more runs added.

The Tigers would ultimately take the game 24-4. Every position player batted in at least one run for the Tigers, who were led by infielder Natalie Fleming and outfielder Emily Crane offensively. Fleming knocked in seven runs while going 5-6. Crane went 5-7 with a double and a Read more of this post

In their first SEC game, Missouri looks sharp in offense and limiting errors

By Joyce Peng, KBIA Sports

After beating Mississippi State Friday at the Hearnes Center, Missouri looked as if it could defend their SEC Championship going onward into conference play.

The team capped off a 3-0 win (25-14, 25-23, 25-15) in its SEC opener and is now 10-5 overall. The Tigers showed improvement in areas that they struggled in past games, such as unforced errors, serving, passing and mental mistakes.

Overall the team had 10 attack errors, a low amount compared to past games. The serving and passing game was much Read more of this post

What to watch for as Missouri takes on South Carolina

Story by Christian Clark, KBIA Sports

Missouri (3-1) begins Southeastern Conference play against No. 13 South Carolina (3-1) on Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina. Here are four things to keep in mind before the Tigers and Gamecocks kick off at 6 p.m.:

  • Marcus Murphy versus South Carolina’s special teams unit: Embarrassing was South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier’s adjective of choice to describe his team’s 48-34 road victory over Vanderbilt last weekend. The Head Ball Coach sounded especially irked by a Gamecocks special teams unit that allowed two kickoff returns to be returned for touchdowns. The Gamecocks’ inability to limit big special teams plays last weekend could bode well for Missouri’s Marcus Murphy. The junior is averaging 39 yards on four kickoff returns this season, including a 100-yarder he took back for a touchdown in Missouri’s season opener.

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Missouri refining their game and mental skills as they head into SEC play

By Joyce Peng, KBIA Sports

Missouri will start defending their SEC championship Friday as a team that has so much potential to improve.

Coach Wayne Kreklow said having room for improvement is a good thing. If he thought the team has already reached its full capacity, then he would be worried.

The Tigers are gaining insight on how they want to operate the offense and the rhythm they want to play at. The coach sees this as one area of the team’s potential, but the team struggles on ball control consistency.

“When we pass the ball well and handle the ball well we become a really pretty good team and I think that’s probably the biggest area,” Kreklow said. “We got to get more consistent with the passing and the first touch so we put our setters in the position to make their jobs a little bit easier.”

Another consistency the team needs to gain is launching runs. Read more of this post

Tigers’ starting lineup gets a shakeup following home loss

Darius White, left, strikes a pose after scoring a touchdown.

Darius White, left, strikes a pose after scoring a touchdown.

Story by Christian Clark, KBIA Sports

The Missouri football team will feature a number of fresh faces in its starting lineup as Southeastern Conference play begins for the Tigers Saturday at South Carolina.

loss to a lackluster opponent — such as the one Missouri (3-1) suffered at home against Indiana this past Saturday — can have that effect. Five players in all will make their first starts of the year against the Gamecocks (3-1). Some of the Read more of this post

Tiger freshman Clark wins Player of the Week honor

By Greg Dailey, KBIA Sports

Missouri midfielder Kaitlyn Clark was named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week after her tie-breaking goal against Louisiana State Friday at Walton Stadium.

Clark scored her first collegiate goal in the 61st minute, which proved to be the game winner in the Tigers’ 3-1 win over LSU. Clark had an assist on Missouri’s first goal, a pass through the box that Reagan Russell put in the net.

The Tigers have had consecutive weeks of individual conference awards. A week ago, Taylor Grant received SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors.

Missouri resumes conference play Friday in Columbia, South Carolina against South Carolina at 5 p.m.

Also receiving conference player of the week awards were a pair of Texas A&M Aggies: Shea Groom (Offensive POTW) and Karlie Mueller (Defensive POTW). Groom, who like Clark hails from Liberty, Missouri, recorded a hat trick in the Aggies’ 3-0 win over Tennessee on Thursday. Mueller had an assist for Texas A&M and helped a defense that allowed just two shots on goal.

How Missouri looks to improve on slow start to season

Sophomore outside hitter Carly Kan high fives her teammates during her introduction in Missouri's matchup against Oakland on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Kan has more offensive input on the team this year and is working on adjusting to her new role.

Sophomore outside hitter Carly Kan high fives her teammates during her introduction in Missouri’s matchup against Oakland on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Kan has more offensive input on the team this year and is working on adjusting to her new role.

The defending SEC champions have struggled the first few weeks of play, bouncing back and forth with wins and losses. They went into last weekend’s Idaho Tournament with a 4-4 record. However, with more trust as a team and decreased mental mistakes, the team swept the tournament. KBIA Sports’ Joyce Peng reports how the Tigers were able to conduct a winning streak and the status and identity of the team so far.

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