Oct. 7, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Mizzou volleyball senior and two-time All-American Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) has been named SEC Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in her career, as announced by the league office on Monday (Oct. 7). The award for Henning is the fourth weekly conference honor of her career and first this season. She is the second Tiger to earn the award this season after classmate Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) earned the distinction on Sept. 9. Henning averaged 5.86 points per set on .309 hitting last week in a pair of SEC wins over Arkansas and Auburn.
"I was actually surprised to get this award," Henning said. "We have had such great balance all season and every win has really been a team effort, so I think for me to be honored individually is just recognition of what our team accomplished last week and what it has done so far this season. Ultimately, these awards are great but we have our sights set on much bigger goals and those will take a complete team effort all season. We have a tough week ahead, so we are just focused on that right now."
Henning was sensational in Mizzou's win on ESPNU at Arkansas last Wednesday, posting a season-high 24 kills in the four-set win, doing so on .345 hitting. She also collected 10 digs in that match with three blocks, good for her fourth double-double of the season. Her 24 kills in the win at Arkansas are the most in any SEC match this season and just three off of her career-best. She came back and led a balanced offensive attack in a sweep of Auburn as she had 10 kills and a career-best five service aces as she led Mizzou with 15.5 total points in the win. She currently leads the league in kills per set and points per set in league play.
At 18-0, Henning has the Tigers out to their best start since 1982 when they opened the year 19-0. The Tigers are also one of just three unbeaten teams nationally (Colorado State, North Carolina) and lead the nation in wins and have dropped just three sets all season, a national-low.
The Tigers will look to match their school record for wins to open a season as Austin Peay comes to the Hearnes Center at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MU_Volleyball.