MU volleyball shows improvement, spark in five-set battle

Hearnes Center erupted with the thunderous booms of Anna Dixon’s season-high 24 kills and the roars of Tiger fans’ chants and cheers Wednesday night.

For the first time in almost a month, Missouri volleyball played a competitive match. While Alabama eventually defeated the Tigers in the fifth set, each was close with scores of 25-20, 25-21, 25-17, 25-21 and 15-13. Alabama had some key blocks and serves down the stretch that sealed the deal.

Missouri server Trista Strasser started an 8-0 scoring run early in the first set. The Tigers played with audible emotion — reassurance, reminders and praise. Dixon paved the way, even when she was the only non-freshman on the court at times.