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Volleyball Falls in Four Sets Friday at LSU


BATON ROUGE, La. – The University of Missouri volleyball team (9-5, 1-2 SEC) fell to LSU (6-6, 1-1 SEC) in four sets (25-20, 14-25, 22-25, 19-25) Friday evening at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Mizzou grabbed the opening set, 25-20, recording a team-hitting percentage of .357 before LSU stormed back with the next three sets for the Bayou Bengals first SEC win in 2023.

FIRST SET (Mizzou 25-20, Mizzou leads 1-0)

The first set was a back-and-forth affair featuring 13 ties and four lead changes.

Kills from Morgan Isenberg and Dilara Gedikoglu provided Missouri a slight 10-9 lead.

Gedikoglu then added consecutive rally stoppers before an LSU Tigers miscue brought on the media stoppage with Mizzou up 15-12.

Janet deMarrais ripped a pair of kills to increase the Missouri edge to 18-15.

LSU would then knot the set at 18-18 before Missouri regrew its advantage to 21-19.

The Mizzou Tigers then claimed the first set, scoring the final four points (25-20) including kills from deMarrais and Gedikoglu to go with a solo block by Colleen Finney.

Gedikoglu paced Missouri in the first set with six kills on an .857 hitting clip. Finney (.750) and deMarrais each added a trio of winners during the frame.

SECOND SET (25-14 LSU, Match tied 1-1)

Missouri then jumped out to a 5-2 lead behind a 4-0 run to start the second stanza.

LSU responded with a 7-1 swing to pull ahead 9-6. The home Tigers then utilized a 5-0 run to increase their lead to 16-9.

Three-straight LSU points then put the margin at 19-10.

Finney would connect on a pair of kills down the stretch to make the deficit 10 (24-14) before LSU tied the match at 1-1.

LSU hit .286 in the second set to draw even in the contest.

THIRD SET (25-22 LSU, LSU leads 2-1)

In the third frame, LSU opened with a 7-3 lead.

Mizzou trimmed the early deficit to 10-8 after three-straight points.

Consecutive block assists by Morgan Isenberg after an LSU Tigers service error kept the gap at two (13-11).

With LSU leading 17-13, Mizzou responded with a 4-0 rally to even the set. Finney slammed a kill before consecutive Jordan Iliff aces.

deMarrais added a four-spot of rally stoppers to cut the score to 23-22 in favor of the home Tigers before LSU claimed the set with consecutive points.

deMarrais, a sophomore outside hitter from Colleyville, Texas, had five kills in set #3, connecting at a rate of .300.

FOURTH SET (25-19 LSU, LSU wins 3-1)

The fourth set was tied early at 6-6 before a 3-0 run by the Mizzou Tigers made the score 13-12. Iliff notched a pair of kills before a termination from Gedikoglu during the sequence.

LSU then responded with a 6-0 rally to pull ahead 18-13.

deMarrais tallied a kill before teaming up with Isenberg for a block to make the score 23-18.

Mizzou scored once more on an LSU error before the home team secured the match, 25-19.


  • Two Tigers finished in double-figures attacking led by Dilara Gedikoglu and Janet deMarrais who each had 11 kills.
  • Dilara Gedikoglu added 12 digs for her fifth double-double in 2023.
  • For Janet deMarrais, the double-digit kill outing marked her fourth straight (fifth in 2023).
  • Janet deMarrais chipped in a career-best eight digs to go with three blocks.
  • Colleen Finney registered nine kills on a .364 hitting percentage with a pair of blocks.
  • Jordan Iliff finished Friday with seven kills, a career-best three aces, two blocks and nine digs.
  • Freshman setter Sierra Dudley compiled 36 assists, eight digs, one block, one ace and one kill. It marked her eighth 30-plus assist match in 2023.
  • Morgan Isenberg tallied four blocks and four kills Friday.
  • Maya Sands compiled 14 digs with four assists.


  • Mizzou will next continue its road trip, taking on Texas A&M (10-3, 2-1 SEC) Sunday afternoon in College Station, Texas. First serve is set for 3 p.m., CT at Reed Arena.
  • Sunday’s matchup is set to air on SEC Network and will feature the broadcast tandem of Krista Blunk and Shelby Coppedge.


This article is provided by University of Missouri Athletics