Apr. 14—OMAHA, Neb. — Missouri had too much firepower for the University of South Dakota in the first round of the NCAA volleyball tournament Wednesday.
The Coyotes managed to keep it close early in sets, but the Tigers found ways to pull away for a sweep, 25-21, 25-17 and 25-15 at the CHI Health Center.
South Dakota was limited to a season-low 28 kills and a .126 hitting percentage in its second NCAA Tournament appearance in the last three seasons. Missouri, meanwhile, had a .347 hitting percentage, led by All-American Kylie Deberg's 16 kills and 10 digs.
In the first set, South Dakota fell behind 12-3, but rallied to even the match at 17-17, only for Missouri (16-7) to rattle off the next three points, aided by a service error and an attack error on back-to-back possessions. The Tigers went to take eight of the last 12 points of the set.
The Coyotes led 15-13 at the media timeout in the second set, but Missouri produced six consecutive points and closed the frame on a 12-2 run. Deberg controlled the set by notching 10 of the Tigers' 21 kills.
Missouri never trailed in the third set and had four three-point spurts to oust South Dakota from the tournament.
Elizabeth Juhnke and Sami Slaughter led the Coyotes with nine kills apiece. Madison Jurgens also had 21 assists and nine digs.
Anna Dixon had 11 kills and Andrea Fuentes had 39 assists and five digs for the Tigers, who advance to face No. 9 Ohio State on Thursday.
South Dakota finished the season 15-7 overall and was 12-3 in the Summit League.