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Tigers Sweep No. 21 Oklahoma

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Oct. 29, 2011

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou volleyball team swept No. 21 Oklahoma, 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-23), on Saturday night (Oct. 29) at the Hearnes Center. The win over Oklahoma marks the Tigers' first win over a ranked opponent since Dec. 3, 2010, when they knocked off Northern Iowa in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Sophomore outside hitter Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) led the Tigers with 18 kills on .333 hitting while collecting nine digs.

"We have been so close over the last several matches and I think we finally just put it all together tonight," head coach Wayne Kreklow said. "The team really focused the last two days in practice and I think they came out with sense of urgency tonight. I really thought we made a great effort to do all of the little things well tonight."

Aside from Henning - who finished just one dig shy of her sixth career double-double - freshman Emily Wilson (Omaha, Neb.) supplied plenty of offense with 17 kills on .244 hitting while adding a block assist. She finished the match with 17.5 total points. Wilson wasn't the only other Tiger freshman to have a good match as Katie O'Brien (Dallas, Texas) pitched in nine kills on .227 hitting while pulling in four digs.

Sophomore setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) did a nice job quarterbacking the Tiger offense as she spread 42 assists over the three sets (14 per set) as Mizzou finished the match with 51 kills - their most in a three-set match this season. They did so on .242 hitting. The Tiger back row was also very impressive in the win as it pulled in 52 digs in the three sets, highlighted by 15 from senior libero Priscilla Armendariz (Blue Springs, Mo.). Kreklow also pitched in 11 digs to finish with her 10th double-double of the season. Whitney Little (Keller, Texas) led the Tigers with five blocks (one solo, four assists) in the win.

Mizzou came out firing in the first set and easily handled the Sooners, 25-21, in the opening frame. The Tigers tallied 20 kills in the set on .341 hitting as the offense was firing on all cylinders. Henning led the way with eight kills on .467 hitting in the first. Oklahoma then came back and controlled the play throughout much of the second set, running out to a 22-18 lead.

But Mizzou rallied off five straight points off the service arm of Armendariz, highlighted by back-to-back blocks to take the lead, 23-22. From there, Mizzou scored two of the next three points to win the set, 25-23, to take a 2-0 set lead into intermission. The Tiger offense was great again in the second with 17 kills on .295 hitting.

The third set was very competitive as well, but Mizzou once again pulled away late, 25-23. The third set featured 20 ties and eight lead changes, but Mizzou came out on top anyway. The win improves the Tigers to 18-9 on the season and 4-6 in Big 12 play. Mizzou will be back in action on Wednesday as they take on Kansas in Lawrence in a match that will begin at 6 p.m. on Metro Sports.

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