COLUMBIA, Mo.- Missouri ran its winning streak to four by downing Texas A&M, 30-23, 30-23, 30-28, in front of 1,538 at the Hearnes Center.
Missouri hit .341 in the match, while holding A&M to a .209 hitting percentage to improve to 11-6 overall and 4-4 in the Big 12. A&M drops to 13-6 overall and 3-6 in the Big 12.
Missouri used a 7-2 scoring run to take an 8-4 lead to begin the first game. A&M, which had trailed by as many as five points early in the game, got within a point at 20-19 and again at 23-22 but was unable to get any closer. The Tigers, who hit .325 while holding A&M to a .133 hitting efficiency, used a 7-1 run to take their biggest lead of the game and close out the frame, 30-23.
Although A&M improved its hitting percentage to .229 in the second game, Missouri also improved, hitting .395 in the game. The Tigers used a 9-2 run to build their biggest lead at 24-13. A&M cut the lead to five at 28-23 following a three-point run, but Missouri’s Megan Wilson put down her 10th kill of the game to end the run and put the Tigers serving for the game. A&M’s next attack attempt sailed long, giving Missouri a 30-23 win and a two-game lead.
A&M found itself in a 19-9 hole in game three, but the Aggies finally got in sync and went on a 13-3 run to knot the score at 22. Mary Batis had four kills and an ace, and Kelsey Bryant had three kills and a block to lead the comeback.
Missouri managed to build a 28-25 advantage when a Bryant solo block began a three-point run by the Aggies. Na Yang ended the rally with her 22nd kill of the match, and Wilson ended A&M’s comeback hopes and the match with her 17th kill of the match.
Jillian Phillips led the Aggies with 12 kills while hitting at a .400 clip. Ammerman added 11 kills. Batis led in digs with 19, and Jen Moore pitched in 12, while Bryant led the Aggies with four blocks.
The Aggies conclude the first half of the Big 12 schedule Saturday as they play host to the Colorado Buffaloes. First serve is at 6:30 p.m. at G. Rollie White Coliseum. Fans who present a ticket stub from Friday’s Maroon Madness will be admitted for $2. Also, there will be food, face painting and many other activities for Junior Aggie Club members prior to the match.