COLUMBIA, Mo. - Texas A&M’s upset bid on the road fell short as No. 24 Missouri held on to a 3-2 (23-25, 25-15, 25-22, 22-25, 15-8) victory today at Mizzou Arena.
The Aggies, in search of their first top-25 win of the season, once again put up a good fight as they forced a fifth set for the fifth consecutive match. It also was A&M’s eighth five-set match in SEC contests this season and their 10th five-setter of the season to set a school record for most five-set matches played in a season in the 25-point scoring era.
A&M, playing in its first match of a three-match road swing, falls to 12-11 overall and 5-6 in SEC matches. Missouri improves to 20-4 overall and 10-2 in SEC matches as the Tigers won their season-best eight consecutive match and improved to 9-0 in home matches while also giving Wayne Kreklow his 300 career victory as head coach at Missouri.
Freshman middle blocker London Austin-Roark led Texas A&M with a career-high 15 kills while hitting .440. Junior outside hitter Hollann Hans added 13 kills and completed her team-leading 12th double-double of the season with a match-high 17 digs. Hans also finished with a match-high and career-high eight blocks to come within two blocks of recording the first triple-double of her career.
A&M senior libero Amy Houser reached double-figure digs for the 15th consecutive match and the 20th time this season as she finished with 15. Junior transfer Sydnye Fields drew the first start of her Aggie career and had five kills. Sophomore setter Camille Conner finished with 46 assists.
Missouri had four players record double-figure kills, including Kylie Deberg, who had a match-high 16 kills.
As a team, Missouri outhit A&M, .279 to .204, and led in kills (66-57), assists (65-50), aces (4-3), digs (64-57), blocks (12-11) and points (82-71).
A&M continues its three-match road swing on Wednesday as the Aggies head to Auburn, Alabama, to take on the Auburn Tigers. First serve is at 7 p.m. at Auburn Arena, and the match will be televised on SEC Network.