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Raiders fall to Missouri, 3-0

MT goes 2-1 at Mizzou Classic

September 21, 2013 · @MTAthletics

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Middle Tennessee volleyball team fell in three sets to Missouri in the final match of the 2013 Mizzou Classic at the Hearnes Center on Saturday night. In the defeat, the Blue Raiders fall to 8-5, while the Tigers improve to 15-0.

Jale Hervey and Tyler Richardson were named to the Mizzou Classic All-Tournament Team for their efforts throughout the weekend. Hervey averaged 3.44 kills per set on the weekend, while Richardson hit .488 (24-4-41) with 1.33 blocks per set.

Middle Tennessee went toe-to-toe with unbeaten Missouri from the start, leading 4-3 off kills by Monet Marshall, Richardson and Chelsea Ross. The Tigers would answer, taking a 13-7 lead while capitalizing on a pair of blocks. Missouri was unable to separate itself further, though, as a Marshall kill narrowed the opening stanza to 21-19 in favor of the Tigers.

Mizzou grabbed the next two points before MT answered back with two of its own to make it 23-21 Tigers. A Missouri kill brought the Raiders to set point, and after a service error, the Tigers rebounded to win the set, 25-22.

Missouri controlled the second set, jumping out to a 10-3 cushion. The Raiders hung with the Tigers up until a Marshall kill at 12-6, but Mizzou was able to capitalize on 10 Middle Tennessee attack errors in the frame, heading back to the locker room up 2-0 after a convincing 25-13 second set victory.

The Raiders came out of the intermission firing on all cylinders, opening up a 5-1 lead. Missouri would regain control, taking a 23-19 lead and looking to finish off the Blue Raiders. MT had other plans, as kills by Hervey and Jazmyne Johnson and a Shelby Anderton ace forced a timeout at 23-22. After a ball handling error knotted the set at 23, Anderton came up with another ace to bring the Tigers to set point.

On the ensuing serve, Anderton missed the back line by the narrowest of margins, tying the set at 24. A Richardson kill put the Tigers on the ropes again at 25-24, but Missouri fought back, rattling off the final three points of the match to sweep the Blue Raiders.

The last six matches have all been of the three-set variety for the Blue Raiders, going 3-3 in that stretch. Missouri entered the weekend ranked No. 7 in the Rich Kern Percentage Index (RKPI), and was one of 12 remaining unbeatens in the nation.

The Blue Raiders return to action Friday for the first Conference USA match in program history, a 7:00 tilt at Rice.

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