Purdue Ends Mizzou Volleyball’s Undefeated Season

By Chris Turner, 23 Sports

Saturday, Dec. 7-

The No. 4 Missouri volleyball team was handed its first loss of the season 3-1(18-25, 25-23, 16-25, 25-27) to the Purdue Boilermakers in the second round of the NCAA tournament. With the loss, seniors Molly Kreklow and Lisa Henning saw their careers come to close at home in the Hearnes Center. The duo finished with 97 wins together, the winningest four year stretch in the NCAA tournament era.

On Saturday, Kreklow dished out 47 assists while setting up attacks for six different Missouri Tigers. Henning wrapped the day with 12 kills and seven digs in her final match at Mizzou, while freshman Carly Kan added 18 kills on a team-best .471 hitting with eight digs.

Purdue’s defense put together a dominant showing to shut down the powerful Mizzou offense, holding the Tigers to just .237 hitting, the second lowest total for Mizzou this year. The Boilermakers also pulled in 58 digs along with 12.0 blocks while forcing attack errors.

After Purdue stormed out of the gate with a 25-18 first set where they hit .471, the Tigers defense force seven attack errors and pulled away late to win the second set, 25-23. After the intermission, the Boilermakers regained the momentum with a 25-16 win in set number three. Purdue hit .571 while holding the Tigers to just .083. In what would be the deciding set, both teams traded points until Mizzou had set point to send the game to a fifth set, but a key kill by Purdue would tie the game. The Boilermakers would score three of the next four points and take the match, 27-25.