Aug. 30, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Tiger sophomore setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) has been named AVCA/Sports Imports National Player of the Week following her Tiger Invitational MVP performance last weekend, the ACVA announced on Tuesday (Aug. 30). Kreklow is the second Tiger to earn the award in the last two seasons as former outside hitter Paola Ampudia picked up the award on Nov. 9 last season. The Mizzou volleyball program has now earned five AVCA/Sports Imports National Player of Week awards under the direction of Wayne and Susan Kreklow.
"It feels pretty good but I would say that the award is a good reflection on the team as a whole," Kreklow said. "Obviously for a setter to get it, the passing has to be great and the hitters have to do their job. I would say overall, it is a big honor for our team."
Kreklow quarterbacked a Tiger offense that put up great numbers in four sweeps as she helped the Tigers claim their fourth-straight Tiger Invitational title. She finished the weekend with a 12.42 assist per set average, a mark that led all players in the Big 12 and she was a key reason why the Tigers were able to hit .415 as a team, which is a Big 12-best after week one. She also showed improvement in her all-around game as she tallied 13 kills on .571 hitting while pulling in 16 digs and tallying five blocks. In the Tigers' three-set sweep of Idaho State, she dished a season-best 42 assists, which is a Big 12 three-set best this season. Kreklow helped the Tigers tally more kills and more assists than any team in the Big 12 after the first weekend of play and she was named Tiger Invitational MVP for her efforts.
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