COLUMBIA, Mo. — The University of Central Arkansas volleyball team dropped straight sets to Missouri on Monday night, as the Tigers took a 28-26, 25-23, 25-10 victory in nonconference action at the Hearnes Center.
UCA (12-10) had an opportunity to take each of the first two games. The Sugar Bears held a 24-23 lead in the first game but Missouri (17-7) quickly got the next two points from a kill by Katie O’Brien and then a block by Molly Kreklow and Brittney Brimmage. A Scout Brooks kill evened the score back at 25 and again at 26 but Missouri took advantage of a Sugar Bear attack error and then a kill by Lisa Henning gave Missouri the game one victory.
Set two was back and forth as it saw 14 ties and eight different lead changes. The game was actually tied late at 22 all before the Tigers took advantage of a service error, had another block and closed out the game-two victory with a kill by Whitney Little.
UCA couldn’t quite match the intensity they brought to the first two sets and were overwhelmed in the third set by the Mizzou attack.
Lindsey Barron paced the Sugar Bears with an 11 kill effort while hitting a team-best .320. Jessica Nagy added a team-best 12 kills and Brooks, who was named the Southland’s offensive player of the week earlier in the day, finished with nine kills. Defensively, Cristin Curl led all players with 15 digs.
The Sugar Bears had a tough time slowing the Missouri attack evidenced by the Tigers overall hitting percentage of .340. Brimmage hit .643 and had 10 kills while Little had seven kills and swung at a mark of .545. Meanwhile, the Tiger defense dug up 49 Sugar Bear attacks, while holding UCA to a hitting percentage of just .168.
UCA will take on Arkansas-Pine Bluff in another nonconference matchup at 7 p.m. Wednesday.