COLUMBIA — Seniors Molly Kreklow and Lisa Henning dominated during Missouri volleyball's 3-1 win over the University of Pittsburgh during the Tiger Invitational on Friday, but they had a lot of help from true freshman Carly Kan.
Kan, one of two incoming freshmen from Hawaii this year, started her second game for the Tigers and led the team in hitting percentage with 0.65. Despite her stellar performance, Kan said she was apprehensive about the beginning of her collegiate career.
"I had more nerves coming into the first game of today, but this match there was definitely some nerves as well," Kan said. "My teammates do a really good job of calming us down and taking us through the pregame warmups, and that helps a lot."
What stands out about Kan to head coach Wayne Kreklow is her consistency in every aspect of the game whether it be serving, passing, defense or swinging.
"For her, it is the sum total," Kreklow said. "She's just the kind of kid that I'm not so sure you'd classify her as the best in anything right now, but she's probably second best at almost everything. A player like that is really valuable to have because she does so many things so consistently and so steady."
Kan came in second for kills following Henning, and was one of the lead contributors in almost all statistics including total attempts, assists, service aces and digs.
"I just come into every game trying to do 100 percent," Kan said of her performance against the Panthers. "I was really excited, this was our second game of the season, and I just wanted to prove myself out here that I can play at the next level."
Missouri won three of four games against Pittsburgh on Friday: 25-13, 23-25, 25-14, 25-13.
Missouri defeated South Dakota 3-0 earlier Friday, heading into Saturday's games hoping to clinch its sixth Tiger Invitational win in seven years.
Missouri plays at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the Hearnes Center against Idaho State and finishes against Arkansas State at 4 p.m. Admission is free.