Oct. 16, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou volleyball team will be in search of its third-straight win as it welcomes Central Arkansas to the Hearnes Center for a 6:30 match on Monday (Oct. 17). The Tigers are coming off of back-to-back wins over Kansas and Texas Tech last week and will look to improve to 17-7 overall this season.
Heading into the match, Central Arkansas will be faced with the daunting task of defeating the Tigers at home, where they have played very well this season. In fact, Mizzou is 7-1 at home this season with its only loss coming to Kansas State to five sets. A big reason for the Tigers' tough play at home has been the large crowds that have packed into the Hearnes Center as Mizzou ranks seventh nationally in average attendance and is first in the Big 12. Mizzou is 118-41 at home under the direction of Wayne and Susan Kreklow.
The Tigers have relied heavily on the arm of sophomore outside hitter Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) over the past several matches as she is leading the Big 12 in kills per set (5.00) and points per set (5.58) in league matches. Over her last three matches, Henning is averaging 5.85 kills per set on .325 hitting with 84.5 total points. She broke a school record with 54 kills in back-to-back matches against Baylor and Kansas, marking the most kills over a two-match span at Mizzou during the rally scoring era.
Monday's match will mark the last of a three-match homestand for the Tigers as they will look to conclude the stand with an unblemished record. UCA comes into the match at 12-9 overall this season and is coming off of a win over Lamar on Saturday. The Tigers and Sugar Bears met last year at the Western Kentucky Invitational with Mizzou earning a sweep behind the play of All-American Paola Ampudia.
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