Sept. 21, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Despite a very good defensive effort, the Mizzou volleyball program was swept at No .13 Florida, 3-0 (25-22, 26-24, 25-17), at the O'Connell Center on Friday night (Sept. 21) in its SEC road opener. The Tigers were good defensively in the match as they tallied 13.5 blocks in the three sets, but they struggled offensively, hitting just .139 with only 34 kills in the three sets. Mizzou will play LSU at 1 p.m. on Sunday in Baton Rouge.
Sophomore middle Whitney Little (Keller, Texas) had a great match with a block-kill double-double with 10 kills and 10 blocks. The match marked her second block-kill double-double in the last five matches (Mizzou hadn't had a block-kill double-double since 2007 before her performance at Morehead State) and her third match over 10 blocks in the last five matches as she continues to lead the SEC in blocks during league play. She hit a team-best .364 as well.
Other than Little, the Tigers struggled offensively. All-American Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) was slowed by Florida as she had 10 kills on just .086 hitting. Sophomore Taylor Simpson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) had a good match with seven kills on just 15 attacks. Sarah Meister (San Diego, Calif.) led the Tigers with 10 digs while All-SEC Preseason pick Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) spread 30 assists while picking up five digs and three blocks in the loss.
The first set was very tight as Mizzou used its block to keep the frame close. The Tigers came out and fell behind 6-1 early before a Wayne Kreklow rallied the team as the Tigers tied the set at 9-9. The score stayed close until the Gators used a 3-1 run to take a 17-14 lead and eventually extended it to 20-16. The Tiger block helped Mizzou rally, but an attack error from Henning on an attempted roll shot clinched the set for the Gators, 25-22. Mizzou's block was very good in the first with five total, four from Little who posted three solo and one assist. Little also tied for the team lead with Henning as each posted three kills in the first set. Mizzou hit just .031 in the first.
Mizzou jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the second but Florida eventually opened up an 11-8 lead after Regan Peltier's
(Nixa, Mo.) third attack error of the match. But from there, Mizzou got as close as 11-10 after a block from Little and Peltier, but Florida used an 8-3 run to open a 19-13 lead after a kill from Betsy Smith, forcing a timeout. The timeout helped the Tigers as they scored nine of the next 13 points to tie the match at 24-24. Kreklow, one of the Tigers' best servers, then went back to serve and put the ball long and then Henning hit into a block to seal the set for Florida, 26-24.
Through two sets, Little was doing it all for the Tigers with six kills and nine blocks (five solo and four assists). Henning had seven kills, but also had six attack errors through two. Neither team was hitting better than .200 through two sets as Mizzou hit just .110 and Florida hit just .167.
Florida came out and took over play in the third set, running away with the frame, 25-17. The Tigers struggled to slow the attacking duo of Chloe Mann in the middle (12 kills on .348 hitting) and Ziva Recek on the left side (15 kills on .275 hitting). For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MU_Volleyball.