Volleyball Ties Record with 19th Straight Win to Open Season

<i>Julia Towler led Mizzou with 12 points Tuesday.</i>

Julia Towler led Mizzou with 12 points Tuesday.

Oct. 8, 2013

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - The 25th-ranked Mizzou volleyball team matched history on Tuesday night (Oct. 8) as it knocked off Austin Peay, 3-0 (25-10, 25-12, 25-12), to move to 19-0 on the season, matching the program record for consecutive wins to open a season. The 19-0 record ties the mark set by the 1982 team and the 2013 Tigers will look to grab sole possession of that on Friday at Tennessee. Mizzou was anchored by a balanced attack on Tuesday, highlighted by a career-best eight kills from freshman Julia Towler (Blue Springs, Mo.) and eight more from freshman outside Carly Kan (Honolulu, Hawaii).

"Obviously it is great to match the record, but it isn't something that we talk about a lot," head coach Wayne Kreklow said after the match. "I think this team has its goals set much higher than just 19 wins and they are a hungry group and they still believe that there is a lot left to accomplish. Tonight, it was great to get some people into the game that bust their tails every day in practice and don't see a lot of court time. I'm really happy with how we played tonight."

Mizzou's 19th win on Tuesday matches its win total from a season ago and it came behind a very balanced offensive attack that hit .390 as a team with eight different players tallying kills. Towler had a huge night with her career-best eight kills, doing so on .545 hitting while Kan also had eight kills, doing so on 12 errorless attacks (.667 hitting). Towler also finished with six blocks in the win as she tallied 11.5 total points. Kan led the way with 12.0 points with two blocks, three aces and seven digs to go along with her eight kills.

Sophomore Regan Peltier (Nixa, Mo.) also had a nice night with seven kills on .467 hitting and four blocks while senior All-American Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) added six kills. Whitney Little (Keller, Texas) added five kills on .500 hitting and freshman Emily Thater (Springfield, Mo.) added three. Senior setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) added 32 assists and 11 digs for her seventh double-double of the season. Junior libero Sarah Meister (San Diego, Calif.) collected a match-high 13 digs. Mizzou aced Austin Peay 11 times in the win, matching its season-high.

Mizzou will be back on the road on Friday at Tennessee for a match that will air on CSS at 7:30 p.m. (CT) before coming home to play a good Alabama team on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MizzouVB.



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