Nov. 18, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - On the heels of one of the most impressive victories in college volleyball this season, Mizzou senior two-time All-American Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) has been named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday (Nov. 18). The award for Henning is her second of the season and is the fifth time in her career that she has received with a weekly conference honor. This is the seventh SEC weekly award for seventh-ranked Mizzou this season. The award comes after Henning posted 17 kills on .500 hitting in a huge win at No. 5 Florida last Friday.
"I just can't say enough about what this team has meant to me this season," Henning said. "We obviously did something great as a team last weekend and it just so happens that the league is recognizing me. Anyone on our team could have gotten this award after a win like we had at Florida. Molly (Kreklow) was phenomenal and gave us great balls to hit all night at Florida. She is the best setter in the country and I am so fortunate to have developed such a great connection over the last four years. She makes my job really easy."
Henning was outstanding last weekend, posting 4.00 kills per set on .452 hitting as Mizzou improved to a national-best 31-0 and seized control of the SEC Championship race by improving to 15-0 in league play. She had 17 kills on .500 hitting in Mizzou's sweep of No. 5 Florida last Friday night. In a televised game, she led Mizzou to its first-ever road win over a top-five team as the Tigers became earned just the sixth team to win in Florida's O'Connell Center since Mary Wise took over Florida in 1991. It was also the first time that a team had swept Florida in 22 years at home.
Against Florida, Henning came up with big play after big play. With the Tigers down 22-21 in the first set, she tallied a huge block to tie the set and Mizzou won the next three points to claim the set, one of which was a Henning kill. In the third set, she rallied Mizzou from down 16-12 to a 25-23 set win. With Mizzou trailing 21-20, Henning tallied four of the Tigers' final five kills in the set to help Mizzou complete the sweep. She then came back and had seven kills on .333 hitting in a three-set sweep at South Carolina.
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