Missouri Baptist hadn’t dropped a single set in opposition to an American Midwest Convention program all season and had gained seven consecutive video games in straight units coming into Saturday’s title recreation.
That was the problem that Columbia Faculty volleyball confronted coming into the matchup with the Spartans.
The competition turned a matter of high quality in opposition to grit. Missouri Baptist, the sixth-ranked workforce within the nation, ran out to large leads in each set. However the Cougars, each time, put collectively resilient runs to maintain the Spartans on their toes.
Although the fireplace Columbia confirmed to get again into particular person units by no means petered out, it was the highest workforce within the convention that pulled via, as Missouri Baptist went on to defeat the Cougars 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-23) on Saturday in St. Louis.
All three units adopted an nearly equivalent sample.
Down as a lot as 5 early within the on the ultimate’s opening set, the Cougars started to rally in opposition to the top-seed Spartans. Two kills from Bailee Ulery, one from Erika Miller and a service ace by Luisa Ferreira all in fast succession abruptly made it a one-point contest. A subsequent assault error by Missouri Baptist’s Giovanna Tapigliani abruptly tied the sport at 12.
However the Spartans by no means allowed the Cougars to drag forward, as they jumped again to three-point leads instantly following each threatening CC run. It was an indication of what was to come back.
Missouri Baptist continued to stretch to sizeable early leads, and the Cougars had been pressured to maintain attempting to play catch up. However this was a workforce they might by no means fairly attain.
Missouri Baptist held a four-point lead within the second set and a large eight-point lead within the third, and each instances Columbia pulled the set again to a one-score recreation.
Assault errors harm Columbia within the second, as they ended on three straight to go 2-0 down within the recreation. The Cougars put up 22 errors over the course of the sport, in comparison with 11 for the Spartans.
Isidora Stojovic made the Cougars pay on offense by totaling 16 kills, together with six within the closing set and the game-winning level. Ulery got here closest for Columbia to Stojovic’s kill whole, placing up 10 within the contest.
The end result brings a probable finish to Columbia’s season, as its 16-7 report is unlikely to obtain an at-large bid to the NAIA match.