Volleyball Falls at No. 17 Missouri in Five Sets

by Lacey Dodson | Communications Student
Mizzou 3, LSU 2 +0
Volleyball Falls at No. 17 Missouri in Five Sets

COLUMBIA, Missouri – The LSU volleyball team fell in five sets to No. 17 ranked Missouri by scores of 25-23, 22-25, 18-25, 25-19 and 9-15. 

LSU sits at 3-4 on the season now and Missouri is 7-2, winning its fifth match in a row going back to the fall, heading into tomorrow night’s rematch at 8 p.m. CT.

LSU took the first set, 25-23, before dropping the next two sets 25-22 and 25-18. Missouri had the momentum heading into the fourth set, but that shifted in LSU’s direction when the Tigers from Baton Rouge amassed two different runs of 8-0 and 5-0 to carry momentum into the final set.

Missouri quickly went on a 5-0 run to open the fifth set and despite LSU’s best efforts, it could not overcome the Missouri lead as the home Tigers finished the fifth set, 15-9, clinching the match.

“I thought we played at a really high level,” said head coach Fran Flory. “It was a really fun match to play and to coach. The result was disappointing, but we’re a work in progress. The best part is the difference from our team where we stepped off the court in the fall to when we stepped on the court this spring is gigantic. They have trusted to system and process and we’ve really come back a whole lot better.”

Taylor Bannister, the SEC’s leader in kills per set, continued to climb up LSU all-time kills list. Starting the night with 1,363 career kills, Bannister’s 18 kills Friday evening moved her in the No. 8 on LSU’s list of all-time kills, moving past Jennifer Hampton and Lisa Smith.

Missouri’s Kylie Deberg who sits right behind Bannister in kills per set had a match-high 24 kills and Anna Dixon finished the night with 20. 

Paige Flickinger and Karli Rose both finished with double-doubles for LSU. The sophomore Rose had a team-high 44 assists to go along with 10 digs for her 11th career double-double. Flickinger, a freshman, earned her third with 23 digs and 11 kills.

“Paige is just a volleyball player and we know she can do that,” said Flory. “We probably needed to set her a few more times and get a few more kills out of that spot. Her defense was great, her blocking was really good as well even though that won’t show on the stat sheet with high numbers, but she did a great job.

“And Karli managed the offense very well. She spread it around. We knew we had to get kills from other spots today and she created some great opportunities.” 

Transfer Hannah Brister earned a start in her first career match at LSU and compiled seven kills.

HOW IT HAPPENED 

Set 1 

  • A kill from Whitney Foreman put the Tigers on the board followed by a kill from Taylor Bannister to let LSU take the early lead, 2-1. 
  • Missouri took a 5-4 lead, but the score was quickly evened at 5 with a kill from Paige Flickinger
  • The Missouri Tigers took the momentum in the set with a 14-10 lead over LSU but a kill from Bannister attempted to cut into the lead, 11-14. 
  • Whitney Foreman added a kill that evened the score at 16 and then added another that pushed LSU into the lead, 17-16, this forced Missouri to take their first timeout of the set. 
  • Missouri evened the score at 19 late in the set and forced LSU to take their first timeout. Gaining momentum after the timeout Flickinger evened the score at 23 and Bannister closed out the first set with an ace to end it, 25-23. 

Set 2

  • LSU took the early with a 3-0 run lead by Foreman followed by a Flickinger kill to increase the score 5-3 over Missouri. 
  • Missouri took the lead 8-5 over the Tigers, but Anwusi added a kill to try and shut down the Missouri offense. Flickinger added her first ace of the match and put the Tigers within one of Missouri, 7-8. 
  • Missouri took the lead, 15-10 halfway through the set but a kill from Flickinger moved the score to 12-16 to try and put the Tigers back in it The Tigers fell behind 13-18 and were forced to take their first timeout of the set. 
  • Karli Rose added her first kill of the set to put the Tigers within four of evening the score, 15-19. Hannah Brister recorded a kill to cut into the Missouri lead, 18-21, and forced Missouri to take their first timeout of the set. 
  • Foreman added a huge block to keep Missouri off the board and inch within two of the Missouri lead, 20-22. 
  • The Tigers took their second timeout of the set trailing Missouri by three, 21-24 but fell just short and lost the second set 22-25. 

Set 3

  • Flickinger tallied a kill in the third set to even the score at 2, but the Tigers fell behind early, 4-8, and were forced to use their first timeout. Anwusi and Rose added a big block to help keep Missouri off the board and to try and work their way back into the set, 5-8. 
  • Bannister added another kill to try and shift the momentum in favor of LSU, but Missouri still held the lead, 8-10. Flickinger tallied a kill to put the Tigers within one, 13-14, of evening the score. 
  • Missouri capitalized on the momentum shift and increased their lead 19-15 over LSU and forced the Tigers to take their second timeout of the set. LSU couldn’t close out the third set and fell to Missouri, 18-25. 

Set 4 

  • Kills from Bannister opened up the first set with a 3-1 lead over Missouri, but LSU fell behind despite big kills from Bannister and Flickinger, 5-7. 
  • LSU capitalized on a Missouri error and tied the set at 11 followed by a kill from Brister to take the Tiger’s first lead of the set. The Tigers recorded a 5-0 run to force a Missouri timeout and take the lead, 13-11. 
  • Foreman added to the scoring run with a kill to increase the lead, 14-11 over Missouri. The Tigers closed out an 8-0 scoring run behind a kill from Brister to increase the lead over Missouri by five, 16-11. 
  • Anwusi and Bannister added a massive block for the Tigers to increase the lead, 19-15, and forced Missouri to take their final timeout of the set. 
  • Anwusi added a big kill to increase the lead, 21-15 followed by a kill from Bannister to put the Tigers on a 5-0 run, leading 22-15 late in the set. Missouri made a slight comeback, 22-18, and forced LSU to take a timeout. 
  • Bannister added an ace to move LSU to 24-19, and then a block from the Tiger front row shut down the offense and closed out the fourth set, 25-19 over Missouri. 

Set 5

  • Missouri got out to the early lead, 4-0, in the fifth set and forced the Tigers to use their first timeout. Foreman got it started for the Tigers in the fifth to put a point on the board but still trailing, 1-5. Bannister added a kill to try and cut into the Missouri lead, 2-6. The Tigers capitalized on a Missouri error to move within six of the lead, 4-10. 
  • Missouri increased the lead 12-5 over LSU and forced the Tigers to use their final timeout of the set. LSU couldn’t close out the final set of the match and fell to Missouri, 9-15.