MOREHEAD, Ky. - The Mizzou volleyball team rebounded from its second loss of the season to defeat Savannah State, 3-0 (25-13, 26-6, 25-11), on Saturday (Sept. 8) as it improves to 8-2 on the season and 2-1 in the Morehead State Eagle Challenge. The win over SSU concludes action for the Tigers at the weekend tournament as they finished as the runner-up after falling to Morehead State in five sets. Junior All-American Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) led the Tigers with 11 kills on 16 swings, good for a .688 attack percentage.
Henning was one of two Tigers to land on the All-Tournament Team after averaging 4.55 kills per set on .325 hitting over the three matches. Joining Henning on the All-Tournament team was Molly Kreklow (Delano. Minn.). Looking at the stats from Saturday, Kreklow proved why she is one of the best all-around setters in the nation, assisting on 32 of 40 Tiger kills while posting five kills on five attempts with three digs. Freshman Lydia Ely (St. Louis, Mo.) also had a nice match with seven kills on .545 hitting. As a team, Mizzou hit .493 in the match, which is a season-best and a top-five mark in program history during the rally scoring era.
The Tigers jumped out to a quick lead in the first set and never relinquished it. In fact, the Tigers ran away with the first frame, 25-13. Mizzou had 13 kills on 22 attacks, good for a team hitting percentage of .455 as Little led the way with four kills on just five swings. Wilson and Henning each posted three kills without an error. In fact, freshman Regan Peltier (Nixa, Mo.) had two of the Tigers' three attack errors in the first as she was playing middle hitter for the first time in her collegiate career.
The Tigers opened the second set in similar fashion as they opened up a 9-4 lead. Little did Savannah State know, but that was about as close as it would get as Mizzou ran away with the set, 25-6, scoring 16 of the final 18 points in the set. Sophomore Melissa Hartsel (Concordia, Kan.) served a 10-0 run for the Tigers midway through the set. Offensively, the Tigers hit .524 in the second set with 13 kills on 21 attacks. Through two sets, Henning had seven kills on 11 errorless attacks. In fact, Mizzou had more kills in the first and second sets alone that SSU had through two sets. SSU was hitting just -.071 at intermission.
Mizzou was equally as impressive in the third, hitting .500 with 14 kills on just 24 attacks as they ran away with the frame, 25-11. The Tigers will be back in action on Wednesday as they welcome No. 16 Tennessee to the Hearnes Center for their SEC opener on ESPNU. The first 500 fans to attend the match will receive a free commemorative t-shirt and there will be plenty of other promotions at the Hearnes Center. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MU_Volleyball.