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Columbia Missourian

Missouri volleyball beats Ole Miss despite injured players

By JoVona Taylor
September 16, 2012 | 7:08 p.m. CDT
Missouri's volleyball team defeated Ole Miss 3-0 on Sunday at Hearnes Center. It was the team's second match against a Southeastern Conference team.

The Missouri volleyball team is taking off in the Southeastern Conference, winning its second SEC game against Ole Miss 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-18) on Sunday at Hearnes Center.

The team is playing hard in the SEC, but the intensity of their games and practices might be leaving a few bodies in bad condition.  

"Part of it is just trying to get people healthy because we've been really limping though here these past two weeks," Missouri coach Wayne Kreklow said.

A lot of the players on the team are feeling the burn from their hard work. After beating No. 17 Tennessee on Wednesday night and gaining a victory against the Rebels four days later, many of the Missouri players are dealing with injuries.

"Last year I had a stress fractured bone bruise, and sometimes it will flare up a little bit," said Whitney Little, a middle hitter for the Tigers. "But I don't let it affect me, I play through it."

Though Little got called out of the game against Ole Miss a few times because of her injury, she still managed to have no errors, 18 attacks and 13 kills, which is one off of her career high. 

"If there is ever an example of hard work pays off, it's Whit," Kreklow said. "She works hard, every single day, whether it's here or in the weight room. She does everything with a purpose."

Little says the relapse of her bone bruise is due to playing on the injury a lot during the team's six days of practice and multiple games throughout the week. 

Kreklow said the team will have a recuperation day of treatment and rest on Monday. The injured Tigers need to get their bodies back in shape before they face Florida and LSU next weekend.