Sept. 20, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Senior All-American outside hitter Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) tallied 13 kills on a career-best .632 hitting as the Mizzou volleyball program improved to 12-0 with a sweep of Samford, 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 25-18), in its first match of the Mizzou Classic on Friday (Sept. 20) at the Hearnes Center. Now at 12-0, Mizzou has matched its best start under Wayne and Susan Kreklow. The 2005 team also went 12-0. A win tonight against Towson would be the Tigers best start since opening the 1982 season 19-0.
"Having the noon match is pretty tough since it is not your normal routine at home, but I thought we did a lot of things pretty well," head coach Wayne Kreklow said. "We need to clean up some things before we play Towson tonight because I didn't think we executed as well as we could have in a lot of areas. But with that, we still hit .392 as a team and were very good in a lot of areas."
Aside from Henning's 13 kills, the Tigers were led by a potent middle hitting duo of Whitney Little (Keller, Texas) and Emily Thater (Springfield, Mo.) as they combined for 14 kills with no errors on just 21 attacks while adding eight total blocks. Thater hit .700 with seven kills and Little pitched in seven kills on 11 errorless attacks, raising her national-best hitting percentage to .574. Senior setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) spread 31 assists on 41 Tiger kills as she anchored an attack that hit .392 in the win. Mizzou has now hit better than .300 in 11 of 12 matches this season and better than .390 in seven of those 11 as well.
Junior Emily Wilson
(Omaha, Neb.) also added five kills and Kreklow had three herself. Sarah Meister
(San Diego, Calif.) had a team-best nine digs and Kreklow led the team with five blocks while Little and Thater added four apiece.
Mizzou also used a solid defensive effort, holding Samford to .126 hitting as they tallied 12.0 total blocks in the win, forcing 21 total attack errors from the Bulldogs. Mizzou set the tone for the match early in the first, scoring seven kills on its first eight attacks and wound up hitting .458 in the first frame with 14 total kills. The Tigers then hit .385 and .345 in the following two sets as they ran away with the match.
The Tigers come back and play Towson at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Hearnes Center in their second match of the Mizzou Classic. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MizzouVB.