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Tigers defeat Gamecocks in first SEC volleyball game

Saturday, September 28, 2013 | 12:20 a.m. CDT; updated 7:26 p.m. CDT, Saturday, November 2, 2013

COLUMBIA — The games are getting bigger, but the momentum isn't slowing down. 

Missouri volleyball welcomed South Carolina on Friday for the first Southeastern Conference match for both teams, and swept the game 3-0 (25-16, 25-14, 25-18). The Tigers, now 16-0, are the last undefeated team in the SEC and one of six undefeated teams in the nation. 

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Senior Lisa Henning brought home 14 kills, freshman Carly Kan added 13, and Molly Kreklow served up 35 assists. For South Carolina, SEC Offensive Player of the Week Juliette Thévenin had 10 kills.

Despite those sparkling offensive statistics and decent defensive statistics, the Tigers still have work to do. Head coach Wayne Kreklow said assistant coach Deng Yang brought up an important defensive point during a timeout. 

"You tend to be really well prepared and get good at defending what you see every day on the court," he said. "For us, every day in practice. ... The tempo of the offense is pretty fast."

Kreklow said South Carolina's tempo was slightly slower than what Missouri is used to. Figuring out how to adjust to different rhythms will help the Tigers fill in any weak spots. 

Missouri next plays on Oct. 2 at Arkansas.


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