COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Tennessee Volunteers lost to the 22nd-ranked Missouri Tigers 3-0 (25-15, 26-24, 25-16) to end the regular season Saturday night at Hearnes Center.
The Vols (17-14, 7-11 SEC) came within two points of winning the second set but could not replicate the success from their 3-1 Wednesday victory over No. 23 Kentucky. With the win, Missouri (25-5, 16-2) shares the SEC title with Florida.
Sophomore Erica Treiber led the Vols offensively with nine kills, two blocks and an ace.. Freshman setter Sedona Hansen recorded her 18th double-double in 31 matches this season, finishing with 27 assists and a team-leading 11 digs.
Missouri jumped out to a 7-2 early lead with a 6-0 run and led the rest of the way. The Vols closed the lead to 8-6, but Missouri responded by winning six of the last seven points to extend the lead to 14-7. Missouri won eight of the final 10 points of the set to take the opener 25-15. Missouri hit .400 for the set while the Vols were held to .176.
In the second set, Missouri broke a 14-14 tie by rattling off five consecutive points, but the Vols slowly climbed back in the set. Down 23-18, Tennessee won six of seven points at a stretch and fought off a pair of set points. Bri Holmes recorded a kill to tie the set 24-24, but Missouri won the next two points to take the set 26-24.
The Tigers broke away in the third set with a 4-0 run to go up 7-5 and lead the rest of the way. Treiber cut the lead to 10-9, but Missouri won the next three points to pull back ahead. Missouri, which hit .320 in the set, won five of six points to clinch the final set and match, 25-16.
Missouri out-hit Tennessee .276 to .188 in the match and took advantage of miscues by the Vols, who committed 36 total errors in the match (15 hitting, 12 service errors, 7 reception, 2 blocking errors). Missouri made 23 total errors in the match.
- Tennessee starters: Raina Hembry, Erica Treiber, Alyssa Andreno, Bri Holmes, Sedona Hansen, Claudia Coco and Brooke Schumacher at libero. It was Hembry's 100th career start in her final match as a Tennessee Vol.