Sept. 28, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou volleyball program dropped a tough four-set match to Texas A&M, 3-1 (20-25, 25-23, 23-25, 17-25), on Friday evening (Sept. 28) at the Hearnes Center. The loss drops the Tigers to 11-4 overall and 3-2 in SEC play. Junior All-American Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) tallied her third 20-kill match of the season with 20 kills while just missing a double-double with nine digs. Sophomore Sarah Meister (San Diego, Calif.) corralled 22 digs in the loss as well, marking the third time since she has switched to libero (five matches) that she has tallied more than 20 digs.
"I didn't think we came out ready play tonight and that is what I am most disappointed in," head coach Wayne Kreklow. "Texas A&M deserves a lot of credit because they forced us to play into their strengths, but I think the bottom line was that we weren't ready to play."
Henning was the bulk of the Tiger offense on Friday as she was the only Tiger to post more than eight kills in the match. Sophomore Emily Wilson (Omaha, Neb.) had eight kills on 35 swings while Taylor Simpson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) posted eight kills on 23 swings. Junior setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) posted her eighth double-double of the season with 38 assists and she finished second on the team with 15 digs. She also tallied six kills on nine errorless attacks.
Once again, the Tiger block was very good on Friday, finishing the contest with 13.5 total blocks, marking the third straight match and fourth time in five matches that the Tigers have posted at least 10 blocks. Henning and sophomore middle Whitney Little (Keller, Texas) each finished with a match-high five total blocks. Wilson also added four blocks as she and Henning both finished with double-digit point totals.
Texas A&M had four players with double-digit kills, led by right side hitter Alisia Kastmo who posted 20. Tori Mellinger posted 17 kills while Stephanie Minnerly added 15 and Lindey Miller added 11 kills. Minnerly hit a match-high .700 while Miller posted her 11 kills on .348 hitting. Four Aggies finished with double-digit point totals while Mizzou had just two.
The Tigers will be back in action at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday against Georgia. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MU_Volleyball.