Kreklow picks up 200th win as Mizzou Volleyball sweeps Auburn

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By Joey Gjata, 23 Sports

Friday, Oct. 10-

After two consecutive conference losses on the road to start the month of October, the Mizzou women’s volleyball team thrashed Auburn (25-23, 25-20, 25-14) in straight sets, giving head coach Wayne Kreklow his 200th victory with the team since taking over in 2005.

Coach Kreklow was not the only one to put his name in the record books Friday night as senior All-American, Whitney Little, set the school record for most block assists in a career. The middle blocker added six more on the night bringing her career total to 378. This record was Little’s ninth school record of her career.

In front of a season-high home crowd of 3,109, the Tigers dominated the match with every succeeding point. Both teams were in sync early as they traded off kills, keeping the first set highly contested. But, with a late run led by All-Americans Carly Kan and Little, Mizzou was able to close out the first set on a high note.

The second and third sets became less competitive as the Tigers executed a perfect team victory. Eight players recorded kills in the match, led by Kan who had a game-high of 11 and Little with ten. Other notable hitters on the night were Sydney Deeken and Regan Peltier, each with five kills apiece, and senior Emily Wilson who electrified the home side in the final set, finishing the match with four kills.

The Tigers ended the night with a superb .346 hitting percentage. Little entered the contest in the top twenty in the nation in hitting percentage with an impressive .413 average and continued her sublime form as she hit a sensational .643 on the night.

Defensively, senior libero Sarah Meister led both teams with 13 digs, while the duo of Little and Emily Thater combined for 11 blocks. The Tigers came into the match second in the SEC in opposing hitting, holding the away side to a mere .184 through three sets.

All in all, it was an impressive performance on all fronts for Mizzou who look a completely different side at home, having won all three conference matches without conceding a single set. On the road, however, the Tigers have lost both affairs badly, dropping six out of seven sets played.

With a much-needed statement win, Mizzou will look to carry this success on the road when they face in-state opponent UMKC on Monday at 7:00 p.m. before they return home to play LSU in another critical conference match next Friday at 6:00 p.m.