June 13, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Tiger junior outside hitter and third team All-American Lisa Henning took home another postseason award this summer as she was named Kansas City Sports Commission Female Athlete of the Year. Henning accepted her award Wednesday (June 13) at Mizzou Arena as the KC Sports Commission was on hand to honor Henning and present the M&I Bank Border Showdown trophy to Mizzou director of athletics Mike Alden. Mizzou basketball's Marcus Denmon earned KC Sports Commission Male Athlete of the Year as well.
An AVCA third team All-American, Henning earned the KC Sports Commission honor after leading the Tigers to their 10th NCAA Tournament in 12 seasons, despite having the youngest team to qualify for the field of 64 and the youngest team in the Big 12 Conference. Henning had an outstanding sophomore season in Black and Gold as she led the team with a school-record 523 kills on .246 hitting while collecting 261 kills (2.06 per set) and pitching in a team-best 33 service aces. Her contributions were a key reason why Mizzou, despite having nine underclassmen on a roster of 11, qualified for its second straight NCAA Tournament and 10th in 12 seasons.
For Henning, 2011 was memorable as she became the first Tiger ever to lead the Big 12 in kills per set (4.65) and points per set (5.16) in league matches while ranking sixth in service aces per set (0.22). She posted the top two kills performances during Big 12 play with a career-best 27 on two separate occasions - at Baylor (Oct. 8) and vs. Kansas (Oct. 12) - and holds four of the top seven kill performances in the Big 12 this season. She also posted the top four point performances in Big 12 play and was the only player in the Big 12 to have at least 30.0 total points in a league match this season.
Henning was named Big 12 Player of the Week twice in 2011 and was a unanimous All-Big 12 First Team selection this season as well. She earned a spot on three All-Tournament teams as well and led the Tigers in kills in 25 of 34 matches. She posted 20 kills in seven matches in 2011 as well. She finished with 1,379 attacks this season which is second all-time on the single season list at Mizzou, trailing only Ampudia's 1,380 in 2010. Her 4.12 kills per set average this season is also fifth all-time at Mizzou and the second-best total since the set scoring moved from 30-point sets to 25.