COLUMBIA — Missouri volleyball sailed to a 13-0 national-best record after the first day of the Mizzou Classic on Friday at the Hearnes Center. Missouri swept Samford 3-0 earlier in the day before taking on Towson University.
The Tigers, who have been on the road the last two weeks, returned to Columbia for the Mizzou Classic as only one of 12 remaining undefeated teams in the nation.
The two wins pushed the Tigers to their best opening record in Susan and Wayne Kreklow's 13 years with the program and the team's best record since 1982 when the Tigers opened the season with 19 straight wins.
"Well I'll take it," head coach Wayne Kreklow said of his recording breaking season.
Missouri defeated Towson in three sets (25-11, 25-16, 25-15) to continue its undefeated season.
"It feels really good honestly," freshman Carly Kan said. "I mean there is just a lot of pride in that, being 13-0, but we just got to keep pushing because it's not going to be easy for us in the next couple weeks."
Despite the sweep, Missouri was slow to get started in the first set. The opening serve from senior setter Molly Kreklow was a service error, one of three from her on the night. The Tigers' seven total service errors is something Wayne Kreklow said the team needs to work on to continue its winning streak going into conference play next week.
The Tigers slow start quickly vanished as they found their rhythm. The team hit a season-best .481 hitting percentage. Molly Kreklow led the team in assists with 40 of the team's 43. Junior Whitney Little, who leads the nation in hitting percentage (.584), had eight kills and six blocks. Senior Lisa Henning led the Tigers with 11 kills and she was 13th in the nation in kills per set coming into Friday.
The team's undefeated start has added a lot to seniors Henning and Kreklow's 75 overall wins. The pair has a chance to win the third-most games over a four year period (currently 84) in the program's history.
"It's awesome," Henning said of her team's successful start. "It's kind of bitter sweet, because I hate that it is my last year, but for being, what are we 13-0, I wouldn't want it any other way than my senior year."
Wins in Saturday's matches against SEMO at 2 p.m. and Middle Tennessee State at 6:30 p.m. would push Missouri to 15-0 heading into Southeastern Conference play.
Missouri's first SEC match will be against South Carolina at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at home.