Missouri volleyball poised to match a longstanding record

Monday, October 7, 2013 | 8:42 p.m. CDT; updated 7:23 p.m. CDT, Saturday, November 2, 2013

COLUMBIA — It's time. 

It's time for Missouri volleyball to match 1982's 19-0 start to the season.


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Tuesday's home game against Austin Peay gives Missouri volleyball — now 18-0 — a chance to match that 31-year-old record for wins to start a season. 

Why not? 

The Tigers have a lot in their favor.

For the first time since 2010, they're ranked in the top 25 American Volleyball Coaches Association poll. The Tigers enter the poll this week ranked No. 25.

Senior outside hitter Lisa Henning was named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. She posted 24 kills in Missouri's ESPNU-televised win over Arkansas, a season high for her. Her week also included 5.86 points per set. 

Missouri leads the nation in team hitting percentage with junior middle blocker Whitney Little hitting a team-high .550. The Tigers are second nationally in assists per set as senior setter Molly Kreklow is second individually in the country with 12.47 assists per set. 

Only two other teams in the nation remain unbeaten: No. 10-ranked North Carolina (15-0) and No. 13 Colorado State (13-0).

If the Tigers win Tuesday, Friday's game at Tennessee at 7:30 p.m. will be the record-breaking attempt. Friday's game is scheduled to be televised on SportSouth/FS, Southwest/FS and Midwest.

Supervising editor is Erik Hall.

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