Oct. 21, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Mizzou volleyball senior setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) has been named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, as announced by the league office Monday (Oct. 21). This is the third consecutive week that a Mizzou player has been honored by the SEC after Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) and freshman Carly Kan (Honolulu, Hawaii) earned Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week, respectively, over the last two weeks. This is the second time this season that Kreklow has earned SEC Player of the Week honors.
Kreklow quarterbacked a Tiger offense that hit .347 on the weekend while defeating Georgia and No. 2 Florida for the program's first-ever win over a top-five program. Shea averaged 12.12 assists per set and has the Tigers out to a national-best 23-0 record, including a 7-0 mark in SEC play as the Tigers sit atop the standings as the only unbeaten in SEC play.
"I think that when a setter gets an award like this, it is really a great reflection of how well the team played," Kreklow said. "The Florida match was so much fun to be a part of and collectively, we played very well as a group and that is why I am being recognized. Our passers did a great job of getting me the ball and our hitters are always so good that it makes my job really easy. It has been a fun season so far, but we have to approach each match like we haven't accomplished anything yet. That is what has gotten us this far, so we need to keep that mindset heading into LSU and Texas A&M this weekend."
Kreklow, highly regarded as one of the best setters in the nation, was key in the Tigers' 3-1 upset of No. 2 Florida on Sunday. She spread 45 assists and pushed the tempo, setting up one-on-one blocks all afternoon as the team hit .303 in the win. The .303 clip marks just the fourth time that Florida has allowed a team to hit .300 in a match this season, joining Stanford, Penn State and Western Michigan. In the clinching fourth set, Kreklow guided Mizzou to .471 hitting with 17 kills and just one error as they topped the Gators, 25-18, in the final frame.
She spread the ball to seven different attackers who finished with kills and she anchored an offense that saw five players finish with double-digit point totals. She also pulled in 11 digs in the win, good for her eighth double-double of the season. The win over the Gators snapped a 13-match SEC winning streak for the defending conference champs and was just their second loss in 35 SEC contests.
Adding to her spectacular weekend was a great performance in a 3-1 win over Georgia on Friday night. She set the team to .393 hitting with a season-high 52 assists while adding eight digs and six kills in the win. Kreklow continues to lead the SEC and rank second nationally with her 12.43 assists per set average and she has the Tigers hitting a national-best .374 this season. She is also a key reason why Mizzou has hit .300 or better in 20 of 23 matches this season.
Kreklow and the Tigers will return to the road this weekend as they face tough road tests at LSU and Texas A&M, teams that were picked to win the SEC West this season by the league's coaches. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MizzouVB.