Oct. 4, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou volleyball team rode a balanced offensive attack to a 3-0 (27-25, 25-11, 25-21) sweep of Auburn on Friday night (Oct. 4) at the Hearnes Center. The win improved the Tigers to 18-0 on the season as they remain as one of four unbeaten teams in the nation. The Tigers are also now 3-0 in the SEC, marking the first time since 2005 that Mizzou has opened conference play 3-0. The Tigers got 10 kills from both senior All-American Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) and junior Emily Wilson (Omaha, Neb.). Senior setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) added a career-high eight kills in the win while spreading 32 assists and guiding Mizzou to .351 hitting.
"I am very pleased with our effort tonight - that is a very good Auburn team that we beat and this was a very difficult week for us," head coach Wayne Kreklow said. "Having to play at Arkansas Wednesday and getting home late that night and then having just one day to prepare for Auburn, we knew it was going to be difficult. The first set was tough, but we did a good job battling and I am really glad to come out of here with a win tonight."
Mizzou was led by a balanced offensive attack Friday night as Henning and Wilson did most of the damage with 10 kills each, but Kreklow added eight kills and Whitney Little (Keller, Texas) added seven on .333 hitting. Freshman Carly Kan (Honolulu, Hawaii) pitched in six kills on .333 hitting and classmate Emily Thater (Springfield, Mo.) also pitched in four kills on eight errorless attacks from the middle. Little led the Tigers with four blocks (two solo, two assists) as she did a good job of slowing down Preseason All-SEC honoree Camila Jersonsky, who had seven kills and four errors in the match.
In the back row, Kan led the way with 10 digs in the match while Henning pulled in eight. Freshman Loxley Keala
(Honolulu, Hawaii) added seven as did junior libero Sarah Meister
(San Diego, Calif.). In all, Mizzou hit .351 in the match, marking the 16th time in 18 matches that Mizzou has hit .333 or better this season. Also worth nothing was the Tigers' performance in the serving game on Friday as they kept Auburn out of system for much of the night, tallying eight total aces. Henning led the way with a career-high five in the win.
Auburn came out firing on all cylinders in the first set and wound up taking a 20-17 lead, forcing a Mizzou stoppage as the Tigers were in danger of dropping the first set for the first time this season. But the Tigers rallied out of the timeout as Kan tallied a pair of kills and teamed with Thater for a big block as Mizzou wound up tying the set at 21-all. It was back and forth from there as Mizzou fended off a pair of set points and took a lead at 26-25 after a big transition kill from Little. Kan then ended it on the next point with a kill, clinching the set at 27-25.
The Tigers then used a great serving effort to run away with the second set, 25-11, its largest set win of the season. The Tigers used four aces in the set, all from Henning, as they went on a 9-0 run with her on the serve to put the set away. Auburn was again very competitive in the third set, shoring up its passing issues and gave Mizzou a battle. With the set tied at 18-18, Kreklow, as she did all night, dumped on two to give the Tigers a 19-18 lead and that sparked a 3-0 run for Mizzou as it closed it out from there with a 25-21 set win.
Mizzou will look to match its school-record start to a season as it looks for win No. 19 against Austin Peay on Tuesday (Oct. 8) at the Hearnes Center. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MizzouVB.