Mizzou Volleyball: What to Watch For in 2013

MUTIGERS.COM <i>Senior setter Molly Kreklow will lead a veteran group in 2013.</i>
Senior setter Molly Kreklow will lead a veteran group in 2013.

July 17, 2013

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - With the start of Mizzou volleyball camp right around the corner, it is time to start looking at what the 2013 team will feature on the hardwood. Aside from a senior class that has a chance to rank among the winningest four-year classes in program history, the Tigers also brought in one of the nation's best recruiting classes and bring back plenty of experience. For ticket information, be sure to click the link at the top of the page. Also, admission to the annual Black & Gold Scrimmage (Aug. 22) and the annual Mizzou Invitational (Aug. 30-31) will be free!

Below is a look at what Mizzou will put on the floor in 2013:

    • Mizzou returns 90-percent of its kills and blocks, 88-percent of its points and 76-percent of its digs from last year.
    • Mizzou returns five upperclassmen, including three All-SEC Players and one AVCA All-American in 2013.
    • Seniors Molly Kreklow and Lisa Henning are one of the four winningest classes in program history entering 2013.
    • The senior class (62 wins) has a shot of winning the third-most games over a four-year span at Mizzou (currently 84).
    • Henning is a two-time AVCA Third Team All-American and is the SEC's active kills leader with 1,295 entering 2013.
    • Henning has posted back-to-back 500-kill seasons, the first ever Tiger to accomplish that feat.
    • Entering 2013, Henning is just 363 kills and 480 points shy of the all-time Mizzou career record in both categories.
    • Kreklow has started every match at setter in her career and is fourth in Mizzou history with 3,886 assists.
    • Kreklow was second in the SEC in double-doubles with 19 in 2012 and was a second-team All-SEC pick.
    • Kreklow has guided the Tigers to their second-best three-year hitting percentage in school history (.264).
    Whitney Little will look to reset her single season block record for the third straight season (138 in 2011, 139 in 2012).
    • Little is averaging 1.18 blocks per set in her career, a Mizzou career record, and led the SEC in blocking last season.
    • Little also finished the season ranked second in the SEC in hitting at .367 and is the top returning attacker in the league.
    • Little was an All-SEC Second Team pick by the league's coaches in 2012.
    • The Tigers bring back starting libero Sarah Meister who led the team with 371 digs while starting 21 matches at libero.
    • Mizzou freshman class was ranked 18th nationally; comprised of two High School All-Americans and four top-100 players.
    • Freshman Carly Kan was selected as a First Team All-American by PrepVolleyball.com and Volleyball Magazine.
    • Kan was also a first team Defensive Dandy by PrepVolleyball.com.
    • Freshman Loxley Keala was an honorable mention High School All-American by PrepVolleyball.com.
    • Fellow freshmen Emily Thater (No. 36) and Julia Towler (No. 84) were also top-100 recruits.
For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MizzouVB.


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