After finishing second in the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Invitational, the Missouri State volleyball team hit the road for the first time in the 2019 campaign from Sept. 3-7.
Missouri State went winless during the road trip, dropping all four games.
The Bears played their first road game against Oral Roberts on Sept. 3, where Missouri State fell in a five-set loss.
That continued the Bears early season trend of lengthy matches. Missouri State owned a 2-1 set lead before an 18-7 run over the final two periods propelled the Golden Eagles to a 3-2 victory.
The Bears were tied with Oral Roberts at 18 in the fourth set when the Golden Eagles closed the set on a 7-1 run before bolting to an 11-6 lead in the final set.
Missouri State rallied to even the fifth set at 11 apiece thanks to a kill by senior Aubrey Cheffey and owned a pair of match points at 14-13 and 15-14. However, Oral Roberts closed with three-straight scores for the 17-15 victory in the fifth-set to secure the 3-2 win.
The Bears served 10 aces on the night, which was their most since Sept. 8, 2017, but committed 17 service errors and hit only .159 as a team.
After the loss, Missouri State traveled to New Orleans to play in the All-State Sugar Bowl Collegiate Volleyball Classic for the first time in school history. They began the tournament with a three-set loss against Tulane.
Tulane, which ranked fifth nationally with 29 wins last season, won 25-17, 25-22, 25-16.
The Bears started the first set 5-for-9 on the attack to an 8-8 score, but cooled off after Tulane remained error-free for most of the set. The Green Wave hit .387 with 12 kills and four aces to hand Missouri State its first opening-set loss of the season.
The second set featured 12 ties and seven lead changes, but Tulane finished on a 6-0 run for the 25-22 set win. The Green Wave continued that momentum in the third set, running away with a 25-16 third set victory.
Tulane hit .239 compared to .074 for the Bears.
Missouri State finished the tournament with losses to Ole Miss and Houston Baptist in straight sets on Sept. 7. The team falls to 2-5 on the season.
In the first match against Ole Miss, the Bears scored the first point but never led again after that, managing only 26 kills against 22 errors while the Rebels hit .298 as a team.
Ole Miss gradually pulled away in the first set, using a 5-0 run to gain a comfortable 17-7 lead, and jumped ahead 12-2 in the second. The Rebels completed the sweep after the Bears had nine attacking errors and just six kills in the third period.
Houston Baptist hit .286 with 10 aces and 11 blocks, stuffing Missouri State’s offense to a .082 attack percentage in the second match.
The Huskies led 20-8 in the first set before their first attack error. Houston Baptist used a 7-0 run to lead 17-10 in the second set, and the Bears clawed all the way back to even the score in a 5-0 run to 23.
The Huskies answered with a block and an ace to take the 2-0 lead and cruised to a sweep with a 25-12 win in the third set.
Cheffey earned all-tournament honors for Missouri State after finishing with 24 kills and 21 digs in three matches.
The Bears are back at Hammons Student Center for four matches from Sept. 12-14 as Kansas State, Southern Methodist, Dayton and Weber State come to Springfield for the Missouri State Fall Invitational.