Sept. 21, 2011
Ames, Iowa - Mizzou volleyball ended its 13-match road trip with a loss against Iowa State in three sets, 12-25 18-25 21-25, on Wednesday evening (Sept. 21) at Hilton Coliseum in a nationally-televised match on ESPNU. Sophomore outside hitter Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) led Mizzou in kills with a final total of 13 followed by freshman Emily Wilson (Omaha. Neb.), who finished with eight. The Tigers hit just .191 in the match while Iowa State hit .402 with 50 kills. Mizzou had just 31 kills as Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) spread 27 assists.
The Cyclones quickly set the pace in the first set going up 7-2 before head coach Wayne Kreklow used his first time out to settle the team down. After the timeout the Cyclones went back to work scoring another five points before Mizzou could put anything up on the board. The Tigers seemed to struggle against Iowa State's attack as the cyclones had five different players with a kill, while Mizzou had only four kills total. After Iowa State committed its first and only hitting error midway through the set, the Tigers picked up some momentum, cutting the lead in half 20-10. Unfortunately it was too little too late for the Tigers as Iowa State went on a 5-2 run to win the first set 25-12. After the first set, the Tigers appeared to be in a hole against the Cyclones' 17 kills, compared to Mizzou's nine.
Henning led the Tigers in the first set with four kills on 11 attacks while Wilson chipped in with three kills on five attacks. Kreklow quarterbacked the attack for Mizzou with eight of the Tigers' nine assists. The Tigers hit only .154 in the first while allowing ISU to hit .500.
Iowa State started the second set right where it left off with a 3-0 lead over the Tigers after some miscommunication on the Mizzou side. The Tigers didn't let that faze them as they quickly scored four straight to get their first lead of the night at 4-3 in the second set. From then on it was hard-fought back-and-forth match between the two favoring the Cyclones 10-8. Mizzou was plagued by errors though as Iowa State jumped out to a 16-11 lead. After a split five points, Iowa State went up 19-13 and Kreklow used his second timeout to strategize, and it appeared to work as the Tigers closed the gap to make it 20-16. The Tigers couldn't hang on though as Iowa State ended up winning the second set 25-18.
After the second set Henning still led the Tigers with nine kills as Wilson helped out adding another six of her own. Kreklow kept the team on her back as the second set ended adding another 12 assists to her total in the second set giving her 20 after two sets.
The Issues continued for Mizzou in the third set as the Cyclones came out and built a 7-1 lead. The Tigers kept fighting keeping the game relatively close at 13-10 behind the hard work of senior libero Priscilla Armendariz (Blue Springs, Mo.) and Kreklow. Neither team appeared to be able to hold on to the ball for too long as the score reached 18-16 after a lot of back-and-forth play. Kreklow used his last timeout with the Cyclones up 22-19. It did not help though as Iowa State scored two of its last three points off of aces to take the third game 25-21.
Mizzou continues conference play at home Saturday (Sept. 24) against Texas A&M at 2 p.m. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MU_Volleyball.