Nov. 2, 2011
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Wayne and Susan Kreklow earned their 750th win as a coaching duo as the Mizzou volleyball team defeated archrival Kansas, 3-1 (26-24, 25-23, 23-25, 25-19), on Wednesday night (Nov. 2) at the Horesji Family Activity Center. Sophomore outside hitter Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) eclipsed the 20-kill mark for the sixth time in her last 11 matches as she finished with a match-high 22 kills on .455 hitting in the win. Mizzou is now 19-9 overall and 5-6 in Big 12 play.
"Obviously we are excited to hit 750 wins, but the big thing is that this is another great win for us this season," head coach Wayne Kreklow - who now sits just one shy of 400 wins in his career - said. "Kansas is a very good team and this is never an easy place for us to come in and play but I thought we did a nice job of battling and we won a lot of close sets tonight."
Henning led the offensive charge for the Tigers with her 22 kills as she averaged 5.5 per set. In fact, her .455 attack percentage on Wednesday marked her top hitting performance when tallying more than 20 kills in her career. Aside from Henning, Mizzou got a nice performance from freshman Emily Wilson (Omaha, Neb.) who tallied 14 kills on .273 hitting in the match. Senior Brittney Brimmage (East St. Louis, Ill.) posted 10 kills on .389 hitting as well.
Sophomore setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) had one of her finest matches of the season as she eclipsed the 50-assist mark for the fourth time this season with 51. Kreklow also added 15 digs in the match to tally her 10th double-double in her last 14 matches and her 11th of the season. Defensively, Mizzou was led by senior libero Priscilla Armendariz (Blue Springs, Mo.) who collected 16 digs, a match-high. Freshman Jade Hayes (Ozark, Mo.) also had a nice night in the back row with seven digs while passing as well as she has all season. Classmate Sarah Meister (San Diego, Calif.) also added six digs in the match. Brimmage led the Tigers with four blocks and both Henning and Whitney Little (Keller, Texas) each added two.
Mizzou jumped out to a 14-10 lead early in the first as it served tough, forcing several overpasses that resulted in early kills for Mizzou. That forced a KU timeout and out of that stoppage, the Jayhawks rallied and eventually tied the score at 22-22 after a solo block from KU setter Nicole Tate. But Mizzou pulled away late thanks in large part to a solo block by Kreklow that gave Mizzou a 25-24 lead. After an attack error from Kansas, 26-24.
Henning and Brimmage led Mizzou with four kills each, doing so on a combined .411 hitting, in the first. Little also added two kills on three swings in the first. Kreklow did a great job quarterbacking the Tiger offense as she passed out 12 assists while pitching in three digs and a solo block.
The second set was very tight as well with neither team opening more than a two-point lead until the Tigers went ahead late at 23-20. But KU scored two straight points to come back within one at 23-22, forcing Wayne Kreklow to use a timeout. Out of the timeout, Mizzou won a crucial point on a long rally that was capped by a kill from Wilson. After KU scored to pull back within one, Wilson ended the second frame with a left side kill, sending the teams to intermission with the Tigers on top, 2-0.
Henning led Mizzou with six kills on just nine swings in the second without an attack error. Wilson also shined in the second with five kills on eight errorless attacks and Kreklow continued her fine setting, dishing 15 assists alone in the second. Armendariz led Mizzou with four digs in the set.
Kansas came out with a sense of urgency in the third as it jumped out to a 6-2 lead. Mizzou attempted to rally and eventually tied the set at 23-23 after an attack error from KU's Sara McClinton. But KU came back and took the final two points of the set to send the match to a fourth set.
Mizzou began the fourth set in much better fashion as it jumped out to a 15-7 lead. KU used middle hitter Tayler Tolefree a lot in the third-set win, but Mizzou sniffed it out in the fourth set as a pair of huge solo blocks from Little and Brimmage on Tolefree helped Mizzou build that lead. The Tigers controlled play down the stretch and eventually pulled away with a 25-19 set win, clinching their 19th win of the season.
Mizzou will be back in action on Saturday as it hosts Baylor at the Hearnes Center at 2 p.m. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MU_Volleyball.