Sept. 4, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - For the first time in program history, a Mizzou volleyball player has been named SEC Player of the Week in the program's inaugural season in the conference. Junior All-American Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) earned the honor for the first time in her career after guiding Mizzou to a 3-0 record and a Lipscomb Invitational Tournament Championship last weekend, averaging 5.67 points, 1.22 blocks, 3.22 digs and 0.67 aces per set last weekend. Mizzou as a whole has now claimed three SEC Weekly Awards collectively in its fall sports.
"Winning these awards is nice, but I think that they are more of a reflection of how your team does," Henning said after being informed that she claimed the honor. "I thought our team played three very complete matches all the way around last weekend and I think we are excited to get back into the gym this week to keep improving. If our whole team doesn't play that way last weekend, I don't think I would have taken home this award, so I just hope that we can continue to play well."
Usually known for her powerful arm, Henning is continuing her transformation into one of the SEC's and the nation's top six-rotation players and last weekend's performance was evidence of that. Not only did she average 4.22 kills per set, but she was the Tigers' top blocker (1.22 per set) and top server (six total aces) last week, moving her weekend total to 51 points in just nine sets, good for 5.67 points per set. On top of that, she also pulled in 29 digs (3.22 per set) to finish second on the team in that department last weekend. She just missed double-doubles in all three matches.
Henning, a third team AVCA All-American last season, opened the Lipscomb Invitational with a match-high and season-high 17 kills with nine digs, just missing a double-double, against Houston. She took 51 swings in that match as the next-best Tiger attacked just 18 times as she was clearly the Tigers' go-to hitter. She followed that with another dominant performance in the Tigers' first road match of the season at Lipscomb, a team that has qualified for four of the last five NCAA Tournaments. She posted 12 kills on .286 hitting with nine digs and team-high five blocks (1 solo, four assists). She also had two aces in that match. Henning closed her tournament by posting nine kills and 11 digs in a win over Appalachian State, again just missing a double-double. The Blue Springs native also pitched in three aces and five blocks (one solo, four assists) in the win.
Mizzou volleyball will be back in action this weekend as it heads to the Morehead State Eagle Challenge on Friday. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MU_Volleyball.