Missouri volleyball falls to top-seeded Nebraska in NCAA Tournament

Missouri players celebrate a point during Saturday night’s NCAA Tournament match against Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb. (Omaha World-Herald via the Associated Press)
Missouri players celebrate a point during Saturday night’s NCAA Tournament match against Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb. (Omaha World-Herald via the Associated Press)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- The resurgent Missouri volleyball season ended Saturday with a loss to overall No. 1 seed Nebraska, 25-14, 25-19, 25-21 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Tigers end the season with a record of 18-13, their first record above .500 since 2020.

Janet deMarrais led the Tigers with 13 kills to go with four digs, while Dilara Gedikoglu had 12 kills and six digs. Sierra Dudley led the team with 29 assists to go with eight digs, while Maya Sands had a team-high nine digs.

Nebraska opened the match with a 7-0 run, but the Tigers were able to cut the lead to 10-8 after a block from Colleen Finney and Gedikoglu.

The Cornhuskers extended back to a 16-10 advantage and Missouri never got back within five as Nebraska pulled away for the opening-set win.

Set 2 was much more back and forth early, with the teams tying at 1 and 3, but Nebraska pulled away to a 9-5 advantage after an Andi Jackson kill off a Bergen Reilly assist, one of her 26.

Missouri cut the lead to 10-8 after an Gedikoglu kill off a Dudley assist, but Nebraska broke away to lead 20-13 before taking the final six-point win.

The teams traded points early in the third set, tying at 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7 before Missouri took its first leads of the night at 8-7 and 9-8.

Nebraska built a 12-9 advantage with a four-point run, but the Tigers were able to reclaim the lead at 15-14 after a block from Jordan Iliff and Morgan Isenberg.

The teams tied again at 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20, but a Missouri attack error put Nebraska up 21-20 and the Cornhuskers stayed in front for the four-point win.

Merritt Beason led the Cornhuskers with 12 kills.