Boyd bolsters Missouri’s attack

Thursday, November 20, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 6:47 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 9, 2008


A story Thursday about the Missouri women’s basketball team should have said coach Cindy Stein signed an extension through the 2005-06 season.

The more she plays, the more confident Lisa Boyd, a sophomore reserve for Missouri, becomes.

Boyd started Wednesday in Missouri’s 30-9, 30-19, 30-16 victory against Iowa State at Hearnes Center and gained a new career high in kills.

Boyd earned 20 kills Wednesday and led the Tigers with six blocks. Boyd had 16 kills after coming in off the bench against Texas A&M on Nov. 1.

“The more I’m out there, the more I’m getting comfortable with everything,” Boyd said.

Wayne Kreklow, Missouri’s associate coach, said the Tigers (18-9, 11-7) played a relaxed game against the Cyclones (11-18, 3-15). He said Missouri worked on improving its execution and playing efficiently.

The Tigers used a 17-1 streak in Game 1 to take control, 18-4. Boyd had seven kills in that span.

Kreklow said the team has been working on establishing the middles.

“It makes it tough for the defense,” Kreklow said. “Running the middle in volleyball, to me is so much like other sports. Like in basketball, if you can establish the inside game or in football, the running game; it just opens everything else up.”

Boyd said that Iowa State blocks well outside, but the Cyclones were unable to adjust to Missouri’s middles. Freshman middle blocker Nicole Wilson had six kills and four aces.

Iowa State took 1-0 leads in both Games 2 and 3, but the Tigers used 9-1 streaks to gain leads.

Juliana Godoi served one of her six aces to end the match.

After the Cyclones closed to 16-10 in Game 2 on a Nicole Lorenzen kill, Boyd earned a kill and Missouri scored three straight points to keep control.

Kreklow said the win puts the Tigers into a positive mind-set after a tough streak. Missouri has won two straight matches, after a five-match losing streak.

“This one helps us to play with a little more confidence.” Kreklow said. Missouri played without sophomore Lindsey Noll who was resting her right foot, which might have a stress fracture. Kreklow said Missouri hopes Noll will return on Saturday.

“It’s just one more thing that we have to deal with,” Kreklow said. “We need to hold her out now and rest it now, so we can use it later.”

Boyd said the Tigers improve from winning matches without a full team.

“It gives us confidence that we can run a lot of people in a lot of different places,” Boyd said. “We tried different people for the first time in different places tonight and it gives us confidence that we are versatile.”

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