MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (September 3, 2011) – Brittney Brimmage recorded 18 kills on .773 hitting to lead Missouri volleyball past ETSU, 3-0 (25-14, 25-15, 25-20), on day two of the Blue Raider Bash, Saturday afternoon at the Murphy Center.
Missouri improves to 6-1 on the season after the win, while ETSU falls to 3-3.
The Tigers outhit the Bucs .386 to .144, while also finishing the match with a decisive 50-30 advantage in kills.
Megan Devine (Kingsport, Tenn.) led the ETSU offense with 13 kills on 32 attempts, while also adding eight digs and two blocks. Freshman Ivey Rice (Johnson City, Tenn.) had a solid match as she recorded seven kills, six digs and two service aces. Freshman setter Jamie Rutledge (Kingsport, Tenn.) dished out 23 assists, while compiling seven digs, two kills and three blocks.
In the opening set, the two teams traded points for much of the first half of play. After a Devine kill that pulled ETSU within one at 14-13, Missouri proceeded to go on an 8-0 run to extend the lead. The Tigers closed the set by taking the final three points for the 25-15 win. Missouri hit an impressive .469 in the set. Brimmage was the highlight of the set as she finished with 10 kills on 11 swings, good for a .909 attack percentage.
Set two began much like set one as neither team pulled away, but Mizzou went on a 7-0 run to build a 15-8 lead. The Tigers extended their lead while eventually pulling away for the 25-15 set win.
After dropping the first two sets, ETSU regrouped to jump out to an early 12-7 lead in the third set thanks to some timely blocks. Missouri rallied, however, to tie the score at 14 apiece. ETSU was able take another lead at 18-17, but Mizzou took the next four points for the 21-18 lead. From there, the Bucs only earned two points as the Tigers pulled away at the end of the frame to take the set 25-20, clinching the victory in the match.
Missouri setter Molly Kreklow, the reigning American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) National Player of the Week, dished out a game-high 43 assists in the victory.
ETSU continues play at the Blue Raider Bash at 5:30 p.m. against Austin Peay.
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