Molly Kreklow was named to the AVCA/Under Armour High School All-America first team.
Dec. 15, 2009
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Each of Mizzou volleyball's 2009 signees - Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) and Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) - were dubbed Under Armour/AVCA High School All-Americans as announced by the AVCA earlier this month. Kreklow earned a spot on the first team while Henning landed on the second team. Missouri joins Texas as the only two schools in the Big 12 to have at least two recruits land on these teams. Both Kreklow and Henning are the first Under Armour/AVCA High School All-Americans to join the Mizzou program since current Tigers Caitlyn Vann (Muncie, Ind.) and Catie Wilson (Omaha, Neb.) inked nearly three years ago. Both the first and second teams include 24 high school student-athletes from around the nation.
"It is a tremendous honor to be selected to this team as it really encompasses the best of the best from across the country," Mizzou head coach Wayne Kreklow said. "We are extremely excited to have players like this come into our program. I think it speaks volumes about what is going on here at Mizzou - both academically and athletically - when two players of this caliber commit to your program. I think that both of them will have a huge impact on our program next year and in years to come. "
With the first-team accolade, Kreklow will be invited to play in the Under Armour All-America Volleyball Match and Skills Competition. The event will be held at the St. Pete Times Forum, December 20 in Tampa, Fla., in conjunction with the 2009 AVCA Annual Convention and the NCAA Final Four. That match will air live on ESPNU this Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
"Molly brings with her everything that you look for in a setter," Kreklow added. "She has great size, great hands and a tremendous amount of athleticism. Molly also has an intangible that makes her a perfect fit for our program as she has a great personality and court discipline. Her wealth of USA Volleyball and High Performance experience will also help her come in and contribute right away."
Henning, a Blue Springs, Mo., native, was the only Missouri high school player to land on the first or second team, making her arguably one of the top recruits in the state in 2009.
"Lisa is someone that we expect to come into our program and contribute right away," Kreklow added. "Throughout her high school and club careers, she has played at the middle hitter position. She may play on the outside here because she is a great all around athlete. She has a great arm and by playing all around over the last year, she has really improved by leaps and bounds."
Requirements for nominations were that the student-athlete be in her senior year of high school, that she be nominated by her high school coach, that her coach be a member of the AVCA and that her season statistics be entered into MaxPreps, a free service that aggregates and distributes data on high school sports.
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