Oct. 17, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Mizzou volleyball sophomore outside hitter Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) has been named Big 12 Player of the Week for the first time in her career following a career week while guiding Mizzou to a pair of wins over Kansas and Texas Tech. Henning becomes the third Tiger to bring home Big 12 Player of the Week honors this season after she averaged 6.12 kills per set on .302 hitting in a pair of Tiger wins last week.
Henning joins classmate Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) and senior Brittney Brimmage (East St. Louis, Ill.) as the third Tiger to take home Big 12 Player of the Week honors this season as Mizzou leads the Big 12 with three Player of the Week selections in 2011. Also, Henning's weekly honor is Mizzou's 19th Big 12 weekly award since the beginning of the 2010 season, a league-best in that span.
Henning had a sensational week while guiding Mizzou to a pair of victories last week. She began the week by breaking a school record for combined kills in back-to-back matches as she put up 27 kills for the second-straight match against Kansas last Wednesday. Teamed with her 27 at Baylor the previous Saturday, her 54 kills in two consecutive matches mark the most ever recorded by a Tiger in back-to-back contests during the rally scoring era. The 27 kills by Henning were also the most by a Tiger in a four-set match since Paola Ampudia posted a school-record 35 kill as Kansas in 2009 and a career-high for Henning. The 27 kills also rank as the sixth-best kill total by a Tiger in the rally scoring era and tie her for 12th all-time.
Following her performance against Kansas, Henning came back and had another huge match against Texas Tech with a match-high 22 kills, leading the Tigers to their second-straight 3-1 win on the week. In all, Henning finished the week with 49 total kills on .302 hitting while averaging a league-best 6.12 kills per set and 6.86 points per set with 13 digs and seven total blocks (three solo, seven assists) while accounting for 55.0 total points.
In all, Henning continues to lead the Big 12 in kills per set (5.00) and points per set (5.58) in league matches this season. She is leading both categories by a large margin. She owns the top three kill and point performances by any Big 12 player in a league match this season and owns four of the top six kill performances in league matches as well.
Henning and the Tigers will take on Central Arkansas in their final nonconference match of the regular season tonight at 6:30. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MU_Volleyball.