Henning’s Near Triple-Double Crushes Crimson Tide

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Despite a heartbreaking five-set loss in Tennessee this past Friday, the Mizzou volleyball squad was able to bounce back Sunday against a stout Alabama team, finishing off the Crimson Tide 3-1 (25-19, 22-25, 25-18, 25-16). The victory gives the Tigers an overall record of 15-3 and 5-3 mark in conference play.

All-American outside hitter Lisa Henning led the way with her sixth double-double of the season, tallying 23 kills and 16 digs. The 6-foot-1 junior was only three blocks away from cementing a triple-double as she added on seven blocks to her outstanding performance.

Although the Crimson Tide were able to get three of their players in double figures for kills, Mizzou was able to hold Alabama to a .142 hitting percentage on the day. Sophomore middle Whitney Little of Missouri was able to sustain her reign atop the SEC standings in blocks per set, adding eight blocks.

The Tigers came out sluggish in the first set, allowing the Tide to take a 6-1 lead. Mizzou was able to bounce back and take control of the set midway through to lead 16-15.

Freshman Regan Peltier had a career day, finishing with 12 kills and 11 digs. The set was capped off with a 9-4 run on the arm of Henning as she racked up seven kills.

Steiner’s three straight kills gave the Tide a quick 9-6 lead early in the second set, after Mizzou came out of the gates strong with a 4-1 advantage. From then on, the set went back and forth, with Alabama breaking loose to establish a 20-13 lead. Steiner’s fourth kill of the set put away the Tigers, as the Crimson Tide tied the match up.

After intermission, the Tigers breezed through the third set, leading by as much as eight points. Peltier opened the set up with six straight serves to give Mizzou a 5-1 lead. Mizzou went on to win the set on an 11-7 run.

Despite Alabama’s standout freshmen setter Sierra Wilson posting her forth double-double of the season, the Tigers clung onto their momentum throughout the final frame. Mizzou won the deciding set handily.

After a grinding road trip, Mizzou returns home holding onto second place in the SEC East. The Tigers trail No. 11 Florida, who is currently undefeated in conference play.

With a week off until their next match, the Tigers should be at full strength to take on their next opponent, Mississippi St. The match begins at 12 p.m. Sunday at the Hearnes Center.

-Taylor Nakagawa
23 Sports
Staff Writer