Final Score Graphic vs Missouri
Long Beach State LBSU 5-5
Set Scores
Team 1 2 3 F
Long Beach State LBSU 25 26 25 (3)
TOWSON TOWSON 20 24 23 (0)
Missouri 18MIZ 7-1
Set Scores
Team 1 2 3 4 5 F
Missouri 18MIZ 25 25 21 29 15 (3)
TOWSON TOWSON 18 17 25 31 10 (2)

Game Recap: Women's Volleyball |

Volleyball Rallies to Force Five Against Mizzou, Falls to LBSU

TOWSON, Md. -- It was a thrilling finish to day two of the Towson Invitational as the Towson University volleyball team rallied back to force a fifth set against SEC foe Missouri Friday night at SECU Arena.

Adding to the dramatics was rookie Fay Bakodimou, who dropped in the set-clinching point in the fourth with a service ace. Ultimately, Towson fell 3-2 against Mizzou (25-18, 25-17, 21-25, 29-31, 15-10). Early in the day, Towson dropped a three-set match to Long Beach State University.

How it Happened - Missouri
  • In the first set, Missouri, which reached the NCAA Tournament Regional Finals last season, jumped out to an 8-3 lead. Towson struggled in the set, hitting .133 for the frame, but pulled within three late in the set, down 21-13. The visiting Tigers surged to finish the set 25-18.
  • Again in the second set, Towson had a tough time getting its offense going as Mizzou combined for nine blocks in the second. The visitors ran out to a 12-5 lead, but the Tigers clawed back with a three-point run, capped by a Kristin Spengler ace, making it 13-8.
  • Later in the second, Missouri put down a five-point run en route to a 25-17 set sin.
  • Coming into the third set, the Tiger team that swept a pair of matches last weekend at the Puerto Rico Clásico came out of the huddle, and jumped up to a 3-2 lead, finished off by an Olivia Finckel kill. Mizzou put together a 6-1 run to grab an 8-4 lead.
  • Towson was trailing 16-14 before a 5-1 run gave the home side a 19-17 lead and forced a Mizzou timeout. The home Tigers kept the visiting Tigers at arm's length and locked down a 25-21 win in the third.
  • The fourth set was a back-and-forth effort on both sides of the net. Mizzou went up 3-0 before Towson cut into the lead. Later, Missouri led by six, 21-15, backing Towson against a wall.
  • Towson slowly chipped into the Mizzou lead, eventually taking a 23-22 lead, bringing the crowd to its feet.
  • With the entire Towson men's and women's swimming and diving teams behind the Tiger bench, Towson and Missouri rallied back and forth, tying six times, including the final deadlock of the set at 29-29.
  • Jocelyn Kuilan scored a kill on a Marrisa Wonders set, giving Towson set point with a 30-29 lead. A true freshman, Bakodimou came to the service line, put the ball in play that was mishandled by a Missouri defender and gave the Tigers the set win, 31-29.
  • Missouri came out with a 4-1 lead in the fifth set before Towson cut it to one on an Emily Jarome service ace. Unfortunately for the home-standing Tigers, Mizzou controlled the final set, hitting .267 while Towson landed just seven kills on 20 attempts.
How it Happened - Long Beach State University
  • The first set was one of runs as the Tigers jumped up to a 10-lead before the 49ers rallied to tie the frame at 14-14. The teams traded chances but after the match was tied 19-19, Long Beach State finished the set with a 6-1 run to win 25-20.
  • Long Beach State carried its momentum into the second, grabbing a 7-2 lead early in the second. Towson pulled back within two, 9-7 in favor of the 49ers, who then took a 17-12 lead with a run of their own.
  • Towson nearly caught Long Beach State, trailing 18-17, before the 49ers made a four-point run a few serves later for a 24-22 lead. Down but not out, the Tigers looked to force extra points and tied the match at 24. A Towson block error and a 49er block finished the set 26-24.
  • After Long Beach State took an 8-3 lead, Towson pulled back slowly but surely to within one, down 13-12. Long Beach State, however, did not allow Towson to tie the match, eventually taking the match with a 25-23 score.
Behind the Numbers - Missouri
  • Three Tigers scored double-figure kills, led by Jarome's 17. Kuilan and Ertz contributed 10 apiece. Missouri likewise had three in double figures, with Kylie Deberg leading with 15. Tyanna Omazic had 14 kills while Leketor Member-Meneh had 10.
  • Towson setters Wonders and Kristin Spengler had 30 and 21 assists, respectively. Redshirt senior libero Anna Holehouse logged 26 as she continued to close in on the Tigers' all-time career digs mark. Wonders added 10 digs for a double-double.
  • Mizzou spread out its defense, with three players getting double-digit digs, led by 14 apiece from Dariana Hollingswort and Riley Sents.
  • The visiting Tigers hit for .226 in the match while Towson swing for .116.
Behind the Numbers - Long Beach State
  • Kuilan led Towson on the attack with 11 kills as Jarome added eight. Three Tigers scored aces, Kuilan, Wonders and Silvia Grassini.
  • Long Beach State was paced by 11 kills from Kashuana Williams and another 10 from YiZhi Zue.
  • Holehouse added another 23 digs in the Tigers' first match of the day while Wonders put up 14 assists. Spengler chipped in 13 helpers.

Up Next for Towson
  • The Towson Invitational concludes on Saturday with a pair of matches. The Tigers will close out the event with a 4:30 p.m. showdown with The Ohio State University.
  • The Buckeyes and Missouri open the day at 11 a.m. from SECU Arena.
  • Links to follow both matches can be found on
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