Mizzou Volleyball Receives More SEC Honors
COLUMBIA - The SEC honored two Mizzou volleyball players and the team's head coach Monday. Freshman Carly Kan was announced SEC Freshman of the Year, senior setter Molly Kreklow was named SEC Player of the Year and head coach Wayne Kreklow was chosen SEC Coach of the Year.
The freshman, Kan finished the season as the only player in the conference to average 3.000 kills per set and 3.000 points per set. She also led all left-side SEC hitters in league play with a .360 attack clip. Kan was successful on 96 percent of her service receptions and tallied 406.0 points on the campaign. When Kan touched the ball first on the Tigers side of the net, the team went on to record kills 48 percent of the time.
Molly Kreklow was a dominant offensive force all year long. Her .362 attack clip set a single-season school record and has not been accomplished since Penn State hit .381 in 2009. The senior placed second in the nation for assists in the season with 1,392. She became only the second Tiger to reach the 5,000 assist mark in her Mizzou career and the first to receive a major conference player of the year award.
Wayne Kreklow was seemingly the obvious choice for the coaching award, as he improved his 19-12 (10-10 SEC) 2012 record to the unblemished 2013 mark of 34-0 (18-0 SEC). His team committed a national-low 3.52 attack errors per set and managed almost a 63 percent clip for the season. He did all of this with three true freshman in his starting lineup.
Senior Lisa Henning and junior Whitney Little accompanied Molly Kreklow and Kan on the All-SEC Team. The Tigers host IUPUI Friday at the Hearnes Center in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.