With a straight-set dismantling of Tennessee, the Missouri volleyball team clinched its second Southeastern Conference crown in four years Saturday at the Hearnes Center.
The 22nd-ranked Tigers romped 25-15, 26-24, 25-16 against the Volunteers, finishing 16-2 in the conference.
Mizzou, 25-5, won a head-to-head meeting Nov. 20 in five sets against Florida, which also finished 16-2 and will share the SEC title.
That gives the Tigers the conference’s automatic NCAA berth.
Mizzou is expected to receive a host seed when the national tournament field is announced at 8 p.m. Sunday on ESPNU.
Sophomore middle blocker Alyssa Munlyn pounded a match-best 10 kills with a sparkling .600 hitting percentage, while senior outside hitter Carly Kan added nine kills and a match-high 18 digs.
Junior outside hitter Melanie Crow, a transfer from Mississippi, chipped in eight kills, while senior middle blocker Emily Thater added seven kills.
Junior setter Courtney Eckenrode and Thater added nine combined blocks/block assists for Mizzou, which won 11 of its SEC matches by sweep and only went to five sets three times.
Tigers coach Wayne Kreklow’s squad went 3-0 in those five-set matches.
Tennessee only hit .188, was blocked eight times and committed 12 service errors with only four aces, while Mizzou was only blocked three times and hit .276.
The Tigers also had eight aces compared with only two service errors.
Mizzou also won the SEC in 2013 as part of an undefeated regular season. It was the school’s first SEC title in MU history.