Nov. 1, 2013
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COLUMBIA, Mo. - Senior All-American Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) became Mizzou volleyball's school record holder in career kills with 1,661 as the No. 7 Tigers improved to 26-0 and 10-0 in SEC play after defeating Ole Miss, 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-18), on Friday night at the Hearnes Center. Henning posted a match-high 13 kills on .357 hitting to pass Shen Danru who had 1,658 kills from 2002-05. The 26 wins for Mizzou are the most for Wayne and Susan Kreklow since they took over at Mizzou in 2000, matching the 2002 team that finished 26-8.
"Obviously all of that stuff, the records, all the individual things, are great but we don't think a lot about it right now," head coach Wayne Kreklow said. "Ole Miss played really well tonight and they have a lot of athletic kids, so this is another good win for us. We weren't quite as sharp tonight as we have been, but in the end we still hit close to .400 and beat a very good team. We need to get back into the gym tomorrow and prepare for a great Kentucky team on Sunday."
"It's awesome to break the record, but usually when you achieve individual success like that, it means you have been on some pretty good teams and I have been fortunate to have great teammates," Henning said about breaking the record. "In my mind, this award is as much (senior setter Molly Kreklow's) as it is mine. She has been such a great teammate and I owe so much of this to her."
Although Henning did most of the damage against Ole Miss on Friday, Carly Kan (Honolulu, Hawaii) had a quietly impressive match as she continues to make a push for SEC Freshman of the Year honors. The 5-9 outside hitter posted her fifth double-double of the season and her fourth in five matches with 11 kills on .529 hitting with a match-high 13 digs. She tallied her 11 kills on just 17 swings. Senior setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) was sensational as usual, guiding the team to .389 hitting with 45 kills as she assisted on 41 of the 45 kills in the win.
Junior All-SEC middle blocker Whitney Little (Keller, Texas) had a great all-around match as well, posting nine kills on .500 hitting with a match-high six blocks (three solo, three assists). She joined Kan and Henning as one of three Tigers to post double-digit point totals on Friday. Emily Wilson (Omaha, Neb.) added five kills on 18 swings and freshman Emily Thater (Springfield, Mo.) pitched in four. As a team, Mizzou had just 10 errors in the match as it continues to lead the nation with just 3.42 attack errors per set.
Mizzou came out firing in the first set, hitting .571 with 18 kills as Ole Miss had no answer for the high-powered Mizzou offense. Kreklow assisted on 17 of the 18 kills as the only kill on which she did not tally an assist was her own. She set the Tigers to a 25-21 set win behind five kills from Henning and four from Little. Kan and Thater each pitched in three kills as well in the first set.
The Tigers came out slowly in the second set after blitzing Ole Miss in the first as the Rebels jumped out to a 4-1 lead. But Mizzou rallied to hit .286 with 13 kills, but it was the Tiger block that turned the set around as Little came up with some huge ones in the 25-18 set win for the Tigers. Mizzou had four blocks in the set, including two solo stuffs from Little.
Following the break, Mizzou's offense was again very good, posting 14 kills on .324 hitting as they ran away with the frame, 25-18. The win came in front of 3,929 fans on Friday, the fourth consecutive match that Mizzou has had more than 3,000 fans in attendance.
The Tigers will be back in action Sunday in a top-20 showdown against No. 19 Kentucky at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MizzouVB.