COLUMBIA — She is 11 kills away from breaking another record, but Missouri's All-American outside hitter Lisa Henning isn't fazed.
"I don't even know what the actual record is," Henning said. "All I know is that I saw a tweet about it that said I was 10 away and I thought 'Oh, that's kinda cool.'"
Friday at 6:30 p.m. against Mississippi
Sunday at 1:30 p.m. against No. 19 Kentucky
The senior currently has 1,648 total kills with the Missouri volleyball team. Ten more and she will have equaled the school record set by Shen Danru in 2005. Henning, who has recorded more than 20 kills in some games this season, could even surpass Danru's record in front of a home crowd Friday against Mississippi.
"I think it's a great accomplishment since we've had some really good people come through here," head coach Wayne Kreklow said. "Any time you start looking at records like that falling that is a pretty significant accomplishment."
It may be significant, but Henning's is but another in a slew of individual and team successes the Tigers have chosen not to dwell on.
In early October, the Tigers beat the school record for the best opening to a season. That record was 19-0; Missouri is now 25-0. On Oct. 20, the Tigers upset then-No.2 Florida, marking the first time Missouri beat a team in the top 5. The Tigers have also earned individual Southeastern Conference honors four weeks in a row. On Oct. 7, Henning was named SEC Player of the Week.
"You just never really know (if the team is going to have a successful season)," Missouri Director of Volleyball, Susan Kreklow said. "You know you have a good team and you know you have good players, but it all depends on the chemistry."
With a record of 25-0, it is fair to say that the team's chemistry has worked out just fine. A blend of veteran leadership and a solid freshman class have helped the Tigers shine this season. Henning and the other veteran players have stood out, while the breakout seasons of freshmen Carly Kan and Emily Thater have come at the perfect time.
One mark of team chemistry is when players are quick to credit one another for their success. In Missouri's case, there is a consensus among the players that their individual successes have only been possible because of how well the team works together.
"Our chemistry on and off the court is just so strong," Henning said. "There's no drama on our team to the point where it's just fun. It's just fun to come to practice and it's fun to play with all your really good friends. It's just fun to be here and to compete."
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