COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mizzou Volleyball (0-3) closed opening weekend with a 25-21, 25-10, 25-13 loss to Creighton (3-0) on Saturday (Aug. 28) inside the Hearnes Center.
Creighton, who returned all six starters from its 2020 NCAA Tournament Team, used a 3-0 run to close the first set and rode that momentum to the sweep. The Bluejays used a 7-1 run early in the second to pull away from the young Tigers and build the 2-0 lead. In the third, Mizzou battled step-for-step with the Jays, trailing 15-12 at the media timeout, but a 7-0 Creighton run out of the break iced the match.
Mizzou junior Anna Dixon led all players in the match with 11 kills while adding 11 digs to record her first double-double of the season.
Anna Dixon: 11 kills, 11 digs, 1 ace
Emily Brown: 13 digs
From the bench
Head coach Joshua Taylor on the youthful Tigers on opening weekend…
“Yesterday’s match against Kansas City and today’s first set had some moments where we saw what we could be in a team. The biggest thing for us is not going to be the physical talent…it’s going to be some continued mental discipline which will result in positive physical play.”
- Dixon’s double-double is the first by any Mizzou player this season and the outside hitter’s first as a Tiger.
- Leandra Mangual-Duran chipped in five kills and four assists in the loss.
- Newcomer Skylar Buckley recorded six digs for the Tigers.
- Freshman middle blocker Kayla Burbage added three blocks to total 11 for the weekend and finish with a 1.10 blocks per set mark.
Mizzou hits the road to Louisville, Ky., for the Cardinal Classic beginning Friday (Sept. 3). The Tigers will face No. 13 Louisville to open the tournament before taking on Northern Kentucky and South Dakota.
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