Missouri Volleyball Holds Annual Black and Gold Game

Eric Kelly brings you the action from Missouri volleyball’s Black and Gold scrimmage.

Thursday, Aug. 22-

The Missouri volleyball team started a season of hope with its inaugural Black and Gold game at the Hearnes Center. The Tigers are returning 90 percent of their kills and blocks from a season ago, as well as 89 percent of their points. The duo of Molly Kreklow and Lisa Henning will look to finish their senior season at the top of the volleyball world this upcoming year.

Team Black took the exhibition contest 3-0 (25-16, 25-23, 25-20) with 1,021 fans in attendance. After the game, the players expressed their thoughts on the season ahead, along with the incoming freshman class, which ranks no. 18 in the country.

Henning returns to the floor after consecutive 500-kill seasons. She is the active kills leader in the SEC with 1,295. That number should grow during the year. Henning also has the chance to go down as one of the best to play the game at Mizzou. She is 363 kills and 480 points away from holding the school record in both categories.

Kreklow comes back with more weapons at her disposal. The senior setter assisted on 80 percent of the team’s total kills last season.

Whitney Little adds a third piece to the Tigers on both sides of the ball. She holds the single-season school record for blocks with 139. Little also posted 245 kills to complement Henning.

The supporting cast will try to add to the dominance of Henning, Kreklow,and Little. If the stars play at the same level and get enough help, Mizzou volleyball has a great chance to make it back to the NCAA tournament after missing the cut last year.

The quest for a berth will start next weekend at the Tiger Invitational when Missouri hosts South Dakota.

The match begins at 2 p.m. Friday.


-Chinmay Vaidya

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