Mizzou Nearly Pulls Off An NCAA-Tournament First

Nov. 30, 2007

SEATTLE – The University of Missouri volleyball team (17-13) closed the 2007 campaign Friday night in an epic five-game match against the sixth-ranked and sixth nationally-ranked Washington Huskies (27-3), topped in five games, 30-23, 28-30, 30-22, 32-34, 11-15. Missouri becomes only the second team in NCAA Tournament to force a seeded team to five games in the first round. Senior Tatum Ailes tied a Big 12 and school single-match record with a career-best 39 digs. As well, senior Na Yang toppled Mizzou’s single-season kills record, adding 26 on the night.

“I told the team afterwards, `it’s always difficult when you lose,” said Head Coach Wayne Kreklow. “‘But, when you do it this way, crawling and scratching tooth-and-nail, there is no better feeling I have for this team.’ This was maybe the grittiest team I’ve ever coached, and I was incredibly proud to see this team fight through every type of adversity, not only tonight, but all through this season.”

Click here to read the entire article. Go Mizzou! Thanks for a great season! And special thanks to Seniors Tatum Ailes and Na Yang for a fantastic four years.

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