SEC play opened with a pair of Wednesday contests with Alabama travelling to Missouri and Arkansas taking on Texas A&M.
The Aggies won via sweep behind Makena Patterson, while Missouri picked up its fifth straight win over the Aggies with help from three double-digit kill efforts.
The remainder of the conference will take the court beginning on Friday.
Texas A&M def. Arkansas 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-23)
- Texas A&M moves to 8-5; Arkansas falls to 6-5
- Attendance: 1,529
- Box Score
- Texas A&M Recap / Arkansas Recap
- Arkansas hit at a match-high .235 clip in Set 3 and outblocked Texas A&M 9.5 to 7.
- The Aggies boasted a .168 to .118 advantage in hitting percentage, a 41-32 lead in kills and a 7-6 edge in aces.
- The victory snaps a two-match win streak for the Razorbacks.
- Makena Patterson dropped a match-high 13 kills on a .478 hitting effort (13-2-23) to go with four blocks to pace Texas A&M.
- Brookah Palmer chipped in eight kills, four aces and three blocks, while three others managed five or more kills.
- Hailey Dirrigl put down seven kills, while five others notched four or more putaways for Arkansas.
- Ellease Crumpton went 5-for-7 for a team-best .714 clip, while adding five blocks.
- Kelly O’Brien registered five kills and five stuffs.
How It Happened
- The Razorbacks led 13-8 midway through Set 1 with help from six Aggie miscues. Texas A&M worked its way into a tie at 17 with kills by four players and aces by Brookah Palmer and Hollann Hans. Trailing 20-19, the Aggies scored five of the next six to earn a set-point try at 24-21. A kill by Camille Conner sealed the comeback at 25-23.
- Arkansas led by as many as 10 in Set 2, jumping ahead 11-4 with four A&M errors and three blocks. An ace by Okiana Valle made it 16-6. The Aggies began chipping away with a 6-1 run, but the Razorbacks answered with four in a row to go up 21-12. Texas A&M scored 10 straight, including four Patterson putaways and a Palmer ace to make it 22-21. The Aggies followed back-to-back points by Arkansas with three of their own to claim the 25-23 win.
- Texas A&M carried the momentum into Set 3, racing out to a 10-2 lead including three errors and three blocks and a kill by Patterson. Arkansas narrowed the gap to four six times, last 17-13, before Conner served up two aces to push the margin to eight again at 21-13. The Razorbacks nearly forced a fourth set with nine of the next 11 to make it 23-22, but Patterson and Palmer ended the night three points later.
The Aggies get the win!
Here is match point, as A&M opens SEC play with a 3-0 victory over Arkansas. #OwnIt #GigEm pic.twitter.com/AF1yb1J0Hx
— Texas A&M Volleyball (@AggieVolleyball) September 20, 2018
- Arkansas plays host to Missouri at 2 p.m. ET Sunday.
- Texas A&M is set for a 3 p.m. ET Sunday meeting with Georgia in College Station, Texas.
Missouri def. (RV) Alabama 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 28-26)
- Missouri moves to 11-2; Alabama falls to 12-2
- Attendance: 1,240
- Box Score
- Missouri Recap / Alabama Recap
Mizzou extended its series win streak to five straight against the Crimson Tide and won their sixth SEC opener in seven tries with Wednesday’s sweep.
FINAL | THAT'S A WIN! The Tigers pull out a victory in a tight third set and win 28-26. They beat the Tide in three sets! The Tigers move to 11-2 this season with their first SEC victory#MIZ #ShowMe 🐯🏐
— Mizzou Volleyball (@MizzouVB) September 20, 2018
- Alabama could not get out of its own way in the match, committing 20 errors, while managing just 26 kills for an .056 hitting effort. The team hit -.025 in Set 3 (7-8-40).
- Missouri hit better than .250 in the first two sets (.262, .278) before notching just a .170 effort in Set 3.
- The Tigers nearly doubled the offensive output of the Crimson Tide (50-26), while also leading in blocks (11-9).
- Alabama outserved Missouri 3-1 in aces.
- Three Missouri players managed double-digit kill tallies: Leketo Member-Meneh (15), Darian Hollingsworth (14) and Kylie Deberg (10). Hollingsworth finished out a double-double with 12 digs and a team-high five blocks, while hitting at a team-best.429 clip.
- Tyanna Omazic managed five blocks, while Deberg and Alyssa Munlyn added four stuffs apiece.
- Ginger Perinar was tops among the Crimson Tide with seven kills, but hit .000 for the match (7-7-42). Five other players added three or more putaways.
- Mahalia Swink chimed in with four kills on a team-best .273 hitting performance to go with eight digs and three blocks. Hayley McSparin tallied four kills and a team-best five blocks.
How It Happened
- Alabama scored three straight points, two on Tiger miscues, to go up 12-8 in Set 1, but Missouri answered with a 7-0 run of its own, including two blocks and a kill by Hollingsworth. The Crimson Tide went up by one three times, last at 20-19, before the Tigers stole away the set with a final 6-2 rally, including three more Hollingsworth putdowns.
- Neither team led by more than two for the first half of Set 2. After a tie at 15-all, Missouri took control, scoring 10 of the final 13. Deberg issued the final point in a 3-0 run to cap the 25-18 win.
- The Tigers cruised to a 9-4 lead in Set 3 and pushed ahead by six at 15-9 on a block by Hollingsworth and Alyssa Munlyn. A 6-0 Alabama run sliced the gap to one at 19-18. Later, facing match point at 24-22, the Tide scored three in a row on a block and two Tiger miscues, to earn a set point try of its own. A Haley McSparin putaway gave Alabama another shot, but Missouri scored three in a row to close out the sweep at 28-26. A solo stuff by Omazic ended the night.
- Alabama returns to action at 2 p.m. Sunday against Auburn in Tuscaloosa.
- Missouri is set for a 2 p.m. Sunday meeting with Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.