COLUMBIA — Lisa Henning could not have asked for a better senior season.
"In any program over time, there are just certain players that just kinda rise to the level of all-time greats," head coach Wayne Kreklow said. "Lisa and Molly both are at that level."
Henning, and her "partner in crime" Molly Kreklow, are the senior duo who have helped lead the No. 7 Missouri volleyball team to the best record in the nation at 26-0.
Missouri continued its perfect season with a straight-set sweep (25-21, 25-18, 25-18) of Mississippi on Friday at the Hearnes Center. During the match, Henning broke the Missouri volleyball program record for total kills.
The number to beat was 1,658 set in 2005 by Shen Danru, and coming into Friday’s match, Henning was only ten kills away. She ended the win over the Rebels with 13 kills to set a new record of 1,661. Her 11th kill of the night, the one needed to break the record, came in the third set.
During a timeout following Henning’s 12th kill, the announcer informed the crowd that Henning broke the record and a standing ovation followed. Henning sat composed on the bench, drinking water and paying attention to her coaches. The record was not something she was dwelling on.
"It's pretty awesome," Henning said. "But I'm actually really excited for our team and what we've accomplished this year. I think that what we've done as a team, we are 26-0. I think that's such a better feeling and a better accomplishment than any individual award."
"Whenever she broke the record we were like, "Oh, go Lisa" and you could kinda tell that she was like, 'Okay, let's stay focused,'" junior Whitney Little said. "I'm sure she won't talk about herself, just cause that's how she is, but I'll talk about her. She's a great player and she really stepped up her game this year."
With Friday’s win, the Tigers remain as one of two unbeaten teams in the nation and the only undefeated team in the Southeastern Conference.
The next challenge for Missouri is when it plays No. 19 Kentucky at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Hearnes Center.
Before the season began, Missouri was projected to finish third in the SEC East behind Florida and Kentucky. The Tigers upset the then No. 2 Gators on Oct. 20 at home and look for a victory against the Wildcats on Sunday to inch closer to winning the team’s first SEC championship.
"It's kinda gonna be like a Florida mentality," Little said, of the upcoming match against Kentucky. "There's only three of us ranked right now in the SEC, and they are the other team. So I think definitely think for Kentucky we will have to be focused on every play and every point."
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