Mizzou volleyball improving despite two SEC losses

Outside hitter Emily Wilson kills a ball with a block.

Outside hitter Emily Wilson kills a ball with a block.

By Joyce Peng, KBIA Sports

The Missouri volleyball team has been improving, despite dropping two Southeastern Conference games on the road this past week.

The Tigers lost to Ole Miss
0-3(18-25,23-25,22-25) on Wednesday and fell to Georgia 1-3 (25-17,18-25, 17-25, 20-25) on Sunday. They are now 11-7 overall and 2-2 in the SEC.

Middle blocker Whitney Little said Missouri never gave up and performed well from a serving and passing standpoint in the Georgia match.

After the loss, coach Wayne Kreklow gave a talk to the players, Read more of this post

Georgia’s Gurley suspended indefinitely, likely big impact for game against Mizzou

By The Associated Press

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia star tailback Todd Gurley was suspended indefinitely on Thursday while the school investigates an alleged violation of NCAA rules.

The stunning announcement came two days before the No. 13 Bulldogs (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) face No. 23 Missouri (4-1, 1-0) in a crucial Eastern Division game, a huge blow to both the team and Gurley’s Heisman Trophy Read more of this post

Georgia preview update: On paper, Mizzou could win this one

By Darren Hellwege

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Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

Prior to the 2014 season, I went through each of the Tigers scheduled opponents to preview each. With Saturday’s game against Georgia being a key game and many changes since we last looked into Georgia, let’s update a few things, and see what I got right, and what I got wrong…sometimes very wrong.

Offense

I get plus grades for quarterback discussion, sort of. I said Hutson Mason looked good, but to watch for young guys. The good news from a Georgia fan’s perspective is I was right, the young guys have looked good. The bad news? Rather than pick one, Bulldogs coach Mark Richt is splitting time between not two but three QBs: Mason, redshirt freshman Brice Read more of this post

Media Day Notes: Timing is everything, containing Gurley and early kickoffs

By Brandon Kiley, KBIA Sports

Good time for a bye:

Missouri (4-1) went into the bye week with momentum after picking up a much-needed 21-20 win over South Carolina.

“The bye was at a very good time,” Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. “We played five games, had a bye and play four more (before Missouri’s next bye). In this league, I think that’s a great setup. I think you would probably take that every year.”

The bye week couldn’t have come at a better time for the Missouri players. Senior receivers Darius White and Jimmie Hunt were not able to play against South Carolina because of injuries. White was out with a torn groin muscle and Hunt was out with a burst bursa sac in his knee.

“I’m not trying to rush anything,” White said. “I’m just trying to get back (to being) healthy. Get back out there to help the team. But I really feel like I’ll be out there this weekend.”

Hunt expects to be back this weekend as well. He was hoping to play against South Carolina, but Read more of this post

Mizzou’s Allie Hess Is Conference Freshman of the Week

By Greg Dailey, KBIA Sports

For the second time this season, the Southeastern Conference has awarded a Missouri player its Freshman of the Week honor.

Forward Allie Hess from Kearney, Mo., scored Missouri’s equalizing goal in Friday’s victory over Kentucky and assisted both goals in Sunday’s win against Vanderbilt. The goal was the first of her collegiate career.

Just two weeks ago, Kaitlyn Clark was given the weekly award.

Hess and Clark join senior Read more of this post

Mizzou soccer shuts out Vanderbilt

By Greg Dailey, KBIA Sports

The Missouri Tigers defeated the Vanderbilt Commodores 2-0 Sunday afternoon at Walton Stadium, completing a home weekend sweep.

The Tigers scored in the first minute and never looked back, Read more of this post

Herrman’s first goal keys Mizzou win over Kentucky

Missouri goalie McKenzie Sauerwein kicks the ball into play during the Tigers’ 1-0 win over Tennessee-Martin on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, at Walton Stadium in Columbia, Missouri. (Greg Dailey)

Missouri goalie McKenzie Sauerwein kicks the ball into play during the Tigers’ 1-0 win over Tennessee-Martin on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, at Walton Stadium in Columbia, Missouri. (Greg Dailey)

By Greg Dailey, KBIA Sports

Emotions ran high as Jessica Herrman threw her arms in the air.

After two ACL surgeries and fighting through a hamstring injury, Hermann scored the go-ahead goal in the 75th minute, giving Missouri a 2-1 victory Read more of this post

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

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