Sophomores Henning and Kreklow Lead Tigers to Conference Victory on 100th Homecoming Night

Saturday, Oct. 15 –

The Missouri Tigers volleyball team continued the Centennial Homecoming festivities with a conference matchup against Texas Tech on Saturday night.

The Tigers defeated the Red Raiders 3-1 by a score of 25-22, 23-25, 25-22, 25-21.

The sophomore duo of Lisa Henning and Molly Kreklow led Missouri’s stellar offensive attack throughout the game. Henning had a match-high 22 kills to go along with seven digs and four blocks. Henning now leads the team with 399.5 points on the season.

Kreklow added 48 total assists, averaging 12 per set. Kreklow now ranks fourth in assists in the Big 12 with 332 in conference play and 932 overall, while averaging just over 11 per set. She started off slow by her standards with only 9 assists in the first set but followed it up with 13 and 14 assists in the next two sets.

Henning has gotten into a hot streak the past six matches, making at least 20 kills in five of those matches. However, the Tigers are only 3-3 during that stretch. Henning has been a force to be reckoned with during Big 12 play, leading the conference in nearly every kill statistic. With 150 total kills and an average of 5 kills per set in conference play, she is perhaps one of the top hitters in the Big 12.

The Tigers defense was efficient all night, allowing the Red Raiders to take the lead only once in the three sets that the Tigers won. Amanda Dowdy led Texas Tech with 22 kills, while Karlyn Meyers contributed 47 assists. Their performances were not enough however, as the Tigers seemed to be in control throughout the match.

With the win the Tigers move to 16-7 overall and 7-1 at home in the Hearnes Center. Mizzou is in sixth place in the Big 12 standings with a 3-4 conference record.

With the victory head coach Wayne Kreklow needs only four more wins to reach the 400-win mark for his storied career. Kreklow will look to make it 397 victories when the Tigers take on Central Arkansas at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17 in Columbia, Mo.

– Walt Scher
23 Sports
Staff Writer