Oct. 8, 2011
WACO, Texas - The Mizzou volleyball team lost its third-straight five-set match at Baylor, 3-2 (25-23, 25-16, 18-25, 20-25, 8-15), on Saturday afternoon in Waco, Texas. The loss drops the Tigers to 14-7 overall and 1-4 in Big 12 play. Mizzou has now dropped three-straight five-set matches after falling to Kansas State and No. 22 Oklahoma in five sets in its previous two matches.
Despite the loss, sophomore outside hitter Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) had a career-best match with 27 kills on .365 hitting while pitching in five digs and three blocks. Henning committed just four errors on 63 attacks and her 27 kills are three more than her previous career-best. Senior middle hitter Brittney Brimmage (East St. Louis, Ill.) also had a nice match with 12 kills on .320 hitting but the rest of the Tiger offense struggled in the match as no other Tiger finished with more than seven kills.
Sophomore setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) posted her third straight double-double with 52 assists and 14 digs as she has now posted six double-doubles in her last seven matches. She also added five kills on 16 attacks (.312 hitting). Kreklow's 14 digs on the afternoon were second-best on the team behind senior libero Priscilla Armendariz's (Blue Springs, Mo.) 22 in the match. Two other Tigers - Sarah Meister (San Diego, Calif.) and Katie O'Brien (Dallas, Texas) - also posted double-digit dig totals with 11 and 10, respectively. Freshman Whitney Little (Keller, Texas) led Mizzou with seven blocks (two solo, five assists) in the loss.
Mizzou claimed the first two sets behind a great offensive attack. In fact, Mizzou hit .341 with 17 kills in the first set alone on the way to its 25-23 set win. Mizzou then dominated the second set en-route to a 25-16 set win. In fact, Mizzou's defense held Baylor to just .026 hitting with just 10 kills in the second while the Tigers tallied 13 kills on .242 hitting and it looked like Mizzou had all of the momentum heading into intermission.
But Baylor came out and played like a different team in the final three set. The Bears' hit .333 or better in each of the final three sets and limited to Mizzou to just 31 kills over the finale three sets as they pulled off the comeback. Mizzou will be back in action next Wednesday against Kansas in the annual `Bust the House' match. The contest will air live on Mizzou Sports Network at 6:30 p.m. from the Hearnes Center. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MU_Volleyball.