COLUMBIA – In the first set against South Carolina on Friday night, the Missouri volleyball team charged ahead 15-10.
The Tigers reclaimed their turf on the Hearnes Center court with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 28-26) win over the Gamecocks after four consecutive games on the road, two back-to-back losses and the loss of two players. Missouri is now 16-8 and 8-6 in SEC play.
Missouri volleyball players – Lisa Henning, Molly Kreklow, Regan Peltier, Whitney Little and Emily Wilson – moved around the floor with intensity.
“We really needed this win,” said head coach Wayne Kreklow. “It’s been tough on the girls and the team in general but I’ve been really pleased with the way they’ve soldiered through it.”
The final set proved tough for the Tigers as they battled furiously for match point until finally reaching 28.
Junior setter, Molly Kreklow had her best match of the season. She made her 15th double-double of the season with 47 assists and a team match-high of 13 digs.
All-American Lisa Henning posted her tenth double-double of the season with 17 kills and 10 digs.
“It’s a really big win,” Henning said. “I know we didn’t play a ranked team or anything but South Carolina is a good volleyball team. I think that coming off from our losses and, our first home match in November, I think its a big win for us.”
Molly Krus, a Missouri sophomore and volleyball club team member, joined the Tigers on the sideline. She wore the number three uniform, which was Taylor Simpson's number before she quit the team in the middle of October.
The team’s sports information director, Shawn Davis said that Krus came to practice on Wednesday and will be added to the team's roster soon.
Missouri's next game is against Arkansas State on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Hearnes Center.