LARAMIE, Wyo. – Mizzou volleyball (2-6) dropped a pair of tight matches to Northwestern and UCSB on the first day of the UniWyo Invite.
Junior Anna Dixon led Mizzou with double-digit kills in both matches. Libero Emily Brown added double-digit digs in each match as well for the Tigers.
MATCH ONE: Northwestern 3, Mizzou 0
Mizzou dropped its opening match at the UniWyo Invite 25-21, 25-21, 28-26, to Northwestern on Friday afternoon.
The Tigers started slow offensively while the Wildcats rode big days from veterans Temi Thomas-Ailara (13 kills) and Desiree Becker (10 kills, 6 blocks) to the sweep. Mizzou was paced offensively Dixon with 11 kills. Freshman Kaylee Cox added another eight while rookie middle blockers Kayla Burbage and Trista Strasser added six kills each.
Strasser produced her best performance yet as a Tiger, adding five blocks to her six kills. Burbage was just behind with four rejections.
In three tight sets, Northwestern’s experience showed as it pulled away just enough in the late points to put away the Tigers. In the first frame, Mizzou trailed 21-20 before the ‘Cats finished on a 4-1 run. In the third, Northwestern held Mizzou at bay through extra points before closing the match with the 28-26 win.
MATCH ONE: UCSB 3, Mizzou 0
Much like the first match of the day, Mizzou fell in a tight 25-22, 25-23, 27-25, decision to UCSB.
The Tigers were paced by Dixon who floored 18 kills in the loss while hitting .378. Mizzou, however, struggled as a team offensively, hitting just .151 for the match as UCSB’s block proved troublesome with 11 rejections.
The Gauchos were led by Tallulah Froley and Michelle Ohwobete with 14 and 12 kills, respectively.
Mizzou appeared poised to stave of the sweep, reaching set point in the third with a 24-22 lead. After a Gauchos timeout, UCSB reeled off the next three points on its way to the 27-25 clincher.
- Freshman Addison Lyon recorded her first double-double with 26 assists and 13 digs in the match versus UCSB.
- Dixon’s 18 kills in the UCSB match were her second-most of the season, falling one shy of her total against Kansas City.
- Strasser recorded 11 total blocks on the day, producing six against Northwestern and five against UCSB.
Mizzou closes the UniWyo Invite against Wyoming in a 7 p.m. CT first serve on Saturday evening. The match will stream on the Mountain West Digital Network.
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