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story.lead_photo.caption Missouri linebacker Nick Bolton reaches for Kentucky running back Asim Rose Jr. during Saturday afternoon's game at Faurot Field in Columbia. Photo by Associated Press / News Tribune.

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri's football program had two players of the week as announced Monday by the Southeastern Conference office, while the volleyball program swept all four awards.

Linebacker Nick Bolton was named defensive player of the week after playing all 36 snaps in the Tigers' 20-10 win against Kentucky, with seven solo tackles and a sack as the defense limited the Wildcats to 47 passing yards, the fewest ever allowed by Missouri in an SEC conference game.

Right guard Case Cook was named offensive lineman of the week and played every snap on offense in a game in which the Tigers ran 92 offensive plays and gained 220 yards on 62 carries. The offensive line allowed one sack, three quarterback hurries and six tackles for loss in the win.

In volleyball, outside hitter Kylie Deberg was named player of the week and offensive player of the week, middle blocker Tyanna Omazic was named defensive player of the week, Andrea Fuentes was named setter of the week and defensive setter Emily Brown was named freshman of the week.

Missouri, ranked No. 9 in the Oct. 20 American Volleyball Coaches Association coaches poll, swept Alabama on the road to open its season, winning 25-22, 25-19, 17-25, 28-26 on Wednesday and 25-16, 25-19, 25-19 on Thursday.

Deberg had a .391 hitting percentage in the two matches and averaged 4.43 kills per set as she surpassed 1,000 career kills. Omazic had five blocks in the first match and six in the second to pace the Tigers' defense, and Fuentes had 40 assists and 14 digs in Wednesday's match and 33 assists Thursday. Brown had 19 digs in the first match and five in the second, as the Crimson Tide's hitting percentage was .201 in the series.

The volleyball team hosts No. 3 Kentucky on Wednesday and Thursday in its fall home openers.

The NCAA Tournament was pushed back to the spring and reduced from a 64-team bracket to a 48-team bracket. SEC volleyball programs are playing eight total matches in the fall, the same opponent on back-to-back days home twice and away twice, with plans to do something similar in the spring.


Missouri redshirt freshman receiver Maurice Massey was dismissed from the program Monday.

Massey was arrested Sunday afternoon by the Boone County Sheriff's Department on suspicion of third-degree domestic assault and first-degree property damage, both Class E felonies, and fourth-degree assault, a Class A misdemeanor. He was released on bond.

Massey, who played at Kirkwood High School in St. Louis, had opted out of the season before Missouri's first game due to coronavirus concerns.

A Missouri spokesperson said Massey had not participated in any team activities or practices since opting out, and was "dismissed from the program for violation of team rules."

The Tigers currently have 14 wide receivers on the roster and 12 on scholarship, though just six were on the team this time a year ago. Missouri signed five freshman wide receivers in its 2020 class and added three impact transfers/walk-ons in Damon Hazelton, Keke Chism and D'ionte Smith, but have also seen wideouts Cjay Boone and Khmari Thompson transfer out of the program.


In news impacting the Tigers out of Florida, Gators head coach Dan Mullen said Monday he was feeling fine after recovering from COVID-19, and though he wouldn't get into specifics on who would be available, said, "I'm sure we'll have 53 guys ready to play."

SEC teams can play below the minimum threshold of 53 scholarship players set by the conference if they wish, but teams can also ask the commissioner to reschedule the game if they cannot meet that number.

The Missouri men's basketball team will not be participating in a November tournament in Orlando organized by ESPN.

According to a statement released by the company's events wing, "ESPN Events set out to create a protected environment for teams to participate in early-season events in Orlando. Based on certain challenges surrounding testing protocols, we opted to resume these tournaments during the 2021-22 season."

The Tigers and the SEC have yet to put out schedules for the upcoming season, which is supposed to start Nov. 25. Speaking on the MU football pregame radio show Saturday, Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk said the Tigers were working with Illinois and the Big Ten to try to "salvage" the Braggin' Rights game scheduled to be played the Saturday before Christmas in St. Louis.

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