Wayne Kreklow won his 400th career match against Baylor on Saturday.
Nov. 5, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou volleyball team defeated Baylor, 3-1 (25-22, 17-25, 25-20, 27-25), on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 5) at the Hearnes Center. The win is the 400th in the career of head coach Wayne Kreklow as the Tigers move to 20-9 and 6-6 in Big 12 play. Mizzou has now won 20 matches in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2004 and 2005 as Kreklow becomes the third active coach in the Big 12 to surpass the 400-win mark.
"We have been fortunate to be in situations where we have had great support and have been able to coach some great players," Kreklow said about reaching 400 career wins. "I think it is a great accomplishment, but to be honest, I wasn't even really thinking about it tonight; all I wanted to do was beat Baylor because I knew what a big match this was for this team."
Kreklow's 400th win did not come easy as Baylor gave the Tigers a battle throughout the match. In fact, Mizzou won the match despite being out-killed, out-dug and out-hit. The Tigers used the arm of sophomore Lisa Henning (Blue Spring, Mo.) as she tallied a match-high 24 kills on .321 hitting as she finished her week averaging 5.75 kills per set on .380 hitting. Freshman Emily Wilson (Omaha, Neb.) provided the bulk of the remaining offense with 13 kills on .275 hitting. Brittney Brimmage (East St. Louis, Ill.) also added seven kills on .294 hitting in the win.
Sophomore setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) posted her 12th double-double of the season as she spread 46 assists while collecting 13 digs. Henning also finished with a double-double - her sixth this season - as she pulled in 10 digs to go along with her 24 kills. Senior libero Priscilla Armendariz (Blue Spring, Mo.) pulled in a team-high 23 digs in the match as well and freshman Sarah Meister (San Diego, Calif.) collected 11.
At the net, Mizzou was very good defensively as it tallied 11 blocks. Freshman middle hitter Whitney Little (Keller, Texas) pitched in seven blocks, a match-high, while classmate Katie O'Brien (Dallas, Texas) pitched in four. Brimmage had four blocks as well.
Mizzou came out firing in the first set as it took the opening frame, 25-22, behind a strong performance from Henning who tallied six kills in the set. But Baylor came back in the second and wrestled momentum from the Tigers with a 25-17 set win. The Tiger offense, which hit .378 with 17 kills in the first, was limited to just .159 hitting and Mizzou had just a 43-percent side-out percentage in the set. Following intermission, the Tigers ran away from the Bears in the third, 25-20, setting up a fourth set.
The fourth featured nine ties and six lead changes as it was a back-and-forth affair. But Mizzou pulled away late as Henning launched a ball on match point that ricocheted off of a Baylor defender and then off the Hearnes Center scoreboard for her 24th kill, clinching the set, 27-25.
Mizzou will be back in action on Wednesday (Nov. 9) as Iowa State comes to town for a Big 12 showdown. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MU_Volleyball.
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