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Mizzou News for Wednesday, April 14

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Volleyball set up for NCAA Tourney

Joshua Taylor’s Tigers are set to begin what hopes to be an extended stay in Omaha at the NCAA Tournament when they face South Dakota, the Summit League champion, in the first round today at 11am. You can check out all the action on ESPN3.

According to Eric Blum’s article in the Columbia Tribune, Missouri is the one of three SEC tourney teams, with Kentucky (no.2) and Florida (no.8). Should the Tigers defeat the Coyotes, they’ll face No. 9 Ohio State in the second round at 11am on Thursday. Mizzou has won at least one match in the NCAA Tourney in each of the past five seasons. They reached the Sweet 16 in 2016 and 2017.

Bennett Durando of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch looked at Missouri’s scouting and preparation for the tournament. From the article:

“What I’ve seen is that in the tournament, it’s going to be who wants it more,” second-year Missouri coach Joshua Taylor said. “Every single match is just an absolute grind. We’re seeing that in the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments right now.”

As for their matchup, the Coyotes will present a tough test. From Briar Napier of the Missourian, South Dakota received an automatic bid by upsetting both UMKC and Denver in five-set thrillers.

They are led by outside hitter, Elizabeth Juhnke, The 6-footer was First Team All-Summit League, and averaged 4.19 kills per set, and had with at least 15 kills in each of her past seven matches. On the outside is Sami Slaughter, also a First Team All-Summit recipient, and middle blocker, Madison Harms, ALSO a member of the First Team. Setter Madison Jurgens, a Second Team All-Summit Second selection, joins them to make for a dangerous offense.

Want to know what it’s like in the bubble? Anna Dixon is here to take you behind the scenes.

Best of luck to the volleyball team today!!

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