McVey Sets MSU Digs Record In Home Finale Against Missouri
MSU hits the road for a pair of Thanksgiving week matches, testing Georgia Wednesday (4 p.m. CST) in Athens. Ga., and defending SEC champion Tennessee Friday (6 p.m. CST) in Knoxville, Tenn.
McVey piled up a match-leading 23 digs Sunday against the Tigers, her ninth match with at least 20 digs. It raised the Magnolia, Texas, product's SEC-leading season total in digs to 524, bettering Megan Lukasek's school-record 511 digs set in 2007.
"She truly is that special kind of player," said fourth-year MSU volleyball head coach Jenny Hazelwood. "She is driven to be the very best in everything that she does, and it shows in her work ethic every day. It's hard to imagine how she'll be able to do better in the seasons ahead, but I'm sure she'll be driven to do that."
It was the second school-record defensive performance this season for McVey, who piled up an SEC-record 50 digs September 28 against LSU.
MSU's lone senior, outside hitter and team co-captain Chanelle Baker, was honored prior to the match. A starter in all 27 matches this fall, Baker finished the day with four kills and six digs.
Missouri, playing for the first time in Starkville, Miss., controlled play thoroughly in the first two sets. The Tigers hit .397 with but two attack errors and trailed only briefly in the early going of the first two sets en route to an impressive 2-0 advantage at intermission.
But the Tigers were even more impressive in the match-clinching third stanza after State rookie Taylor Scott helped lead the Bulldogs to a 20-14 advantage. Lisa Henning tallied five of her match-leading 15 kills down the stretch as Mizzou rallied to out-point State 12-4 in a 26-24 win.
"I'm proud of the way our players came out and continued to fight in that third set," said Hazelwood. "We looked really strong at times today. But it takes a lot of mental focus to maintain that level of play, and that's sometimes where the youthfulness of our team starts to show."
Scott led State with nine kills and backed that with 14 digs, while Sarah Nielsen added eight kills. Sophomore middle Lainey Wyman knocked down five kills and had two blocks. The Bulldogs finished with a 4-2 edge in total team blocking, their first team blocking advantage in 18 SEC matches this season.
Henning paced MU with 15 kills while Regan Peltier followed with 10. Sarah Meister finished with 14 digs and Molly Kreklow tallied 11 scoops to help lead the Tigers to a 61-58 edge on defense.