Volleyball sweeps Tennessee in Kreklow’s 1000th career match

MUTV Reporter Erin Reynolds breaks down all the volleyball action in Missouri’s victory against Tennessee.


By Emma Rhyner, 23 Sports

Sunday, Sept. 29-

Following their win against Mississippi State in the SEC opener, the Missouri Women’s Volleyball team took down Tennessee 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-16) this past Sunday at home in the Hearnes Center.

Seniors Whitney Little and Sarah Meister led the team with nine kills and five aces respectively, with Meister also adding 13 digs. The mark moved her to fifth in school history for career digs at 1,285.

The duo of underclassman Sydnet Deeken and Carly Kan also added to the win. The freshman Deeken contributed three blocks, seven kills, seven digs, and two aces, while Kan posted nine kills and seven digs. The play of these women along with Little and Meister set the tone throughout the three sets.

The first set began tight, ultimately settling at 18-18 before the Tigers went on a 7-1 run to stop the Lady Volunteers and win 25-19. Little, Kan, and sophomore Emily Thater had three kills each in the first set, helping to secure the set victory.

Like the first, the second set remained tight early. The teams to were even at 4-4 before the Tigers went into a 5-0 run, finished with a kill by Kan, which gave them the momentum to pull out the second win of the match at 25-15. Senior Emily Wilson secured the win with a kill to end the set.

Unlike the first two sets, the Tigers took an early 9-1 lead in the third. The team carried that early momentum throughout the set, securing the set and match victory.

This game also marked a milestone for coaches Susan and Wayne Kreklow as they coached their 1000th career match together, achieving their 764th win during that time.

Mizzou heads to Mississippi this week to take on Ole Miss at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. The game will be televised on the SEC network.