The Missouri State women’s beach volleyball team’s struggles continued this weekend as they dropped both matches against nationally-ranked opponents. The first match of Saturday was against the No. 1 Louisiana State Tigers, the second against No. 16 Texas Christian Horned Frogs. 

After sweeping Florida Memorial University in their opening matchup on Friday, Feb. 28, the Missouri State beach volleyball Bears dropped three consecutive contests, finishing the Florida International University Beach Bash 1-3.

Despite being in graduate school 1,500 miles away at Stanford, one of the best players for the Missouri State volleyball program said she was “incredibly sad” to see Melissa Stokes’ career end after nearly 25 years as the head coach in August.