Missouri State Drops Opener at Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Volleyball Classic

by Ben Adamson

Missouri State began play at Tulane’s Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Volleyball Classic Friday evening with a 3-0 loss to the host Green Wave inside Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse.

Tulane, which ranked fifth nationally with 29 wins last season, won by set scores of 25-17, 25-22, 25-16.

The Bears (2-3) started the first set 5-for-9 on the attack to an 8-8 score, but cooled off after that while Tulane (4-1) remained error-free for the duration of the period, hitting .387 with 12 kills and four aces to hand MSU its first opening-set loss of the season.

The second set featured 12 ties and seven lead changes, the final two coming on big runs late in the period. After the Bears scored four straight points for a 17-14 advantage, Tulane swung the score back in its favor for good with a 6-0 spurt, and the teams sided out from there to the 25-22 final.

Tulane grabbed a quick 10-3 lead in the third set and kept the margin between five and nine points the rest of the way, taking advantage of 11 MSU attack errors in the final period.

Chloe Rear hit .375 with seven kills to pace the MSU offense, Leah Vokolek lifted 18 digs, and Azyah Green was in on two of the Bears’ three blocks. Sarabi Worsley-Gilbert also had seven kills for Missouri State, and the Bears served four aces.

Tulane hit .239 compared to .074 for the Bears, served seven aces and had 13 blocks.

The Bears play two matches on Saturday taking on Ole Miss at 11 a.m. and Houston Baptist at 7 p.m.