Border War Rivalry Provides Excitement At Hearnes

AJ Feather has all the coverage of the Kansas – Missouri Volleyball match up from Oct. 12.

Wednesday, Oct. 12 –

There are many rivalries in college sports that have stood strong for decades.

However, the rivalry between the Missouri Tigers and the Kansas Jayhawks goes back nearly 100 years to the day when the foes faced off in the first ever Homecoming football game.

The latest edition of the rivalry came Wednesday night when the Missouri women’s volleyball team hosted the Jayhawks at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse in front of their largest crowd of the year.

Looking to end a three game losing streak to Big 12 opponents, Missouri came into this game needing to pick up momentum as the halfway point of conference play is approaching.

The Tigers came out doing just that, defeating Kansas 3-1.

In the first set of the match, Mizzou struck first on a kill by sophomore and Missouri native Lisa Henning on a feed from teammate Molly Kreklow. Kreklow would finish the set with 12 assists, leading the charge as Mizzou won the set 25-21.

The second set was as smooth as the first. With the Tigers up 2-0, it looked improbable that the archrival would come back and make a fight for the win.

However, the Jayhawks silenced the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse as they defeated the Tigers in a nailbiter third set 25-20.

Kansas had certainly stolen the momentum from head coach Wayne Kreklow’s Tigers. Falling down by a score of 8-2 after the first ten points of the fourth set, Mizzou needed to spark a rally in order to keep away a four game losing streak.

Lisa Henning’s stellar night (27 kills, 3 blocks, 6 digs) allowed the Tigers to narrowly escape the fourth set, winning 28-26. Mizzou ultimately overpowered their archrivals 3-1 (25-21, 26-24, 20-25, 28-26).

Mizzou takes on Texas Tech in another Big 12 matchup at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse on Saturday, Oct. 15, immediately following the Homecoming football game against Iowa State. Admission is free to the public.

-Jordan Santo
23 Sports
Staff Writer