Hanna Battah covers Mizzou Volleyball as they take on the Cyclones at the Hearnes Center.
Wednesday, Nov. 9 –
The streaking Tigers came into Wednesday night’s showdown against No. 3 Iowa State as winners of their previous three matches. Unfortunately, that streak ended Wednesday night when the Tigers lost to the Cyclones for the second time this year, a 1-3 defeat (25-23, 12-25, 26-28, 20-25).
Sophomores Lisa Henning and Molly Kreklow continued their strong seasons, putting up good numbers. Kreklow recorded 40 assists and 18 digs, her 13th double double on the season and her fourth consecutive. Henning was aggressive, recording 60 attacks and a game-high 19 kills.
The Tigers displayed resiliency throughout the match. Up 20-16 in the first set, they fought off a charge by the Cyclones to win their first set against the Cyclones this season.
The entire arena was silenced when Henning went down with an injury early in the third set, but she shook off the pain and finished the match. The Cyclones went up shortly after the injury, but the Tigers fought back and had two set points. Despite losing the set, the resilience was evident considering the team’s star was playing injured and they were up against one of the best teams in the country.
The match was hard fought, with three of the four sets having at least 13 ties between the two teams. In the first set alone, neither team held more than a two-point advantage until the Tigers took a 19-16 lead.
Both teams were aggressive, totaling 318 attacks between the two of them. The Tigers had 50 kills, marking the fifth consecutive game with at least that many.
The loss was only the second for the Tigers at Hearnes Center this season, dropping their home record to 10-2. They had won their previous five, four of which came against Big 12 opponents.
Although the Tigers were denied the chance to go above .500 in conference play this season, they will get a chance to even their conference record when they play at Texas A&M on Nov. 12. The Tigers have one home game remaining, a showdown against No. 4 Texas, which will be Senior Day for seniors Brittney Brimmage and Priscilla Armendariz.