MU Volleyball Leads Nation in Kills Per Game

1 decade 11 months 6 days ago October 24, 2005 Oct 24, 2005 Monday, October 24 2005 Monday, October 24, 2005 11:39:59 PM CDT in Tiger Talk

The Mizzou volleyball team has a set of killers with hope to continue their rise through the national ranks.

The seventh ranked Tigers lead the nation in kills per game, averaging more than 18 kills. A remarkable feat for a team without a single player ranked in the top 30.

"It's too easy to design a defense and plan your gameplan around one or two people, so the more balance you can have, the more difficult you are to beat," Missouri head coach Wayne Kreklow said.

"I think it's really good to have depth. We have Jess on the right side and Na and Shen, and they do a really good job, and at any point in time they can switch positions, which is really good to have," Missouri setter Lindsey Hunter said.

While the Tigers lead the NCAA in kills per game, they also lead the nation in assists per game. The majority of those assists come from first team all-Big 12 selection Lindsey Hunter.

Needing a good setter is like needing a good lead singer in a band.

"She does everything that needs to be done to be taken care of. To get the ball where we need it, and she does an awesome job, she's an awesome setter," Missouri middle blocker Nicole Wilson said.

Through twelve matches, Hunter ranks first in the conference averaging more than 15 assists per game. The senior led the Big 12 in assists her first 3 seasons. She could be the first player in Big 12 history to lead the conference in assists all four years.

"It's kind of something that at the end of the season I look at, and I say 'wow that's kind of cool', but I just have to keep the mindset to do my job every time and keep focusing on doing my job and playing hard," Hunter said.

The Tigers have used their setters and spikers to kill their way to highest ranking in program history.

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