Russell, Mizzou Upend UT-Martin 1-0

Story by Greg Dailey
Photos by Greg Dailey and Tim Leible

The Missouri Tigers defeated the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks 1-0 Sunday afternoon at Walton Stadium behind a Reagan Russell goal in the 55th minute and McKenzie Sauerwein’s 18th career shutout. The Tigers eventually broke through after a scoreless first half, courtesy of a well-placed ball in the box from Kaysie Clark with Russell there to Read more of this post

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. Read more of this post

Missouri falls apart against Oakland, wins against Xavier

Story and photos by Joyce Peng, KBIA Sports

Libero Sarah Meister, in black, and two of her teammates are unable to reach the ball. The team committed numerous errors, including 26 attack errors and 11 reception errors.

Libero Sarah Meister, in black, and two of her teammates, are unable to reach the ball. The team committed numerous errors, including 26 attack errors and 11 reception errors.

Saturday’s Missouri volleyball team did not look like the defending 2013 SEC Champions.

The Tigers lost to the Oakland Golden Grizzlies 3-1 (19-25, 25-23, 19-25, 11-25) in their third match of the Tiger Invitational. The team bounced back for the evening match but needed all five sets to beat Xavier 3-2 (22-25, 25-21, 22-25, 25-20, 15-8).

In the first set against Oakland, the Tigers kept the score close in the beginning, but Oakland stretched the lead 15-10. From there, the Golden Grizzlies maintained a sizable lead, and the Tigers couldn’t catch up.

Missouri tied the match up in the second set, on .333 hitting with 20 kills. The Tigers did not dominate the set, with their biggest lead being four points. The two teams were again neck-to-neck in the third set; trading leads for most of the set until Oakland pulled away with the set win with a 7-1 run.

The Tigers played poorly in the fourth set, committing nine errors, including several double hits. The team’s hitting percentage was -.107, and trailed by as much as 14 points.

Mauk leads No. 24 Missouri over Toledo 49-24 


By The Associated Press

TOLEDO, Ohio — Maty Mauk was sharp for most of the day — and when he did make a big mistake in the first half, receiver Bud Sasser was there to bail him out.

Sasser hustled back and forced a fumble after Mauk threw an interception in the first quarter, and No. 24 Missouri had a fairly easy time after that in a 49-24 victory over Toledo on Saturday. Sasser also caught a touchdown pass in the Read more of this post

Mizzou volleyball launches strong runs to earn a victory over Illinois State

By Joyce Peng, KBIA Sports

During a pivotal second set against Illinois State, Missouri stayed consistent in long rallies, implementing solid defense and running all over the court — even near the stands — to save balls.

“Being relentless,” senior libero Sarah Meister said. “That was our goal. To be relentless Read more of this post

Tigers Draw With Northwestern After Weather Prolongs Game

By Greg Dailey, KBIA Sports

The rainy afternoon clouds cleared away, but left the turf soaked for kickoff at Walton Stadium, where Missouri squared off against Northwestern on Friday. It would be the only aspect of Friday night’s 0-0 match that was on time.

The skies were only merciful for a short while, as rain and lightning delayed the game. Both teams resumed after an Read more of this post

Missouri loses in a tight first home match to Lipscomb

By Joyce Peng, KBIA Sport

Missouri faced a challenging Lipscomb team in its season home opener Friday afternoon at the Hearnes Center.

The Tigers lost their first match in the Tiger Invitational to the Lipscomb Bisons, 3-1 (21-25, 25-20, 20-25, 23-25). They are 2-2 overall this season.

After a strong performance in the second set to tie the match, the Tigers did not come out ready to go in the third set, Read more of this post

Pinkel’s trip to Toledo will be all business

Pinkel and other coaches returning to familiar turf on Saturday

By Brandon Kiley

Some may be confused as to why the Missouri football team is traveling to Toledo to play against a team not in one of the five power conferences. KBIA’s Brandon Kiley explains why this particular game is about more than football for head coach Gary Pinkel and several of the assistant coaches.


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Missouri ready to take on experienced Toledo team

By Christian Clark, KBIA Sports

Toledo quarterback Phillip Ely dazzled during his first start in more than 3 ½ years last week against New Hampshire.

The Rockets trailed 7-3 after one quarter, but Ely engineered eight consecutive scoring drives to help them earn a 54-20 season opening win. Ely finished the day with 337 passing yards and four touchdowns through the air.

“I’m very impressed with his moxie,” Missouri defensive coordinator Dave Steckel said. “They put some stuff on his Read more of this post

Missouri looks to improve on blocking and offense going into the Tiger Invitational

By Joyce Peng, KBIA Sports

The Missouri volleyball team keyed in on No. 5 for North Texas, monitoring where she was at all times, whether she was in the back row, in the front row, or getting a drink of water.

Mean Green’s outside hitter, Carnae Dillard, proved a challenge to Missouri at the North Texas Invitational Tournament Saturday. She racked up 29 kills on a .292 hitting percentage, along with 12 digs in the five-set match.

“She was Read more of this post

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