Missouri’s volleyball team made more history Friday at the O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Fla., sweeping No. 5 Florida 25-22, 25-23, 25-23 and extending the Tigers’ school-record start to 30-0.
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“This is one of the toughest places to win in the country and we just came down and we didn’t give them a lot,” MU coach Wayne Kreklow said. “I couldn’t be more proud of what this team has accomplished so far.”
The victory for the No. 7 Tigers is their first over a top-five opponent on the road and they are one of only six teams to win a SEC match at Florida since 1991. Missouri’s 3-1 victory over then-No. 2 Florida in October was the Tigers’ first win over a top-five team.
MU senior Lisa Henning, a Blue Springs grad, led the Tigers with 17 kills and became the Tigers’ career points leader. She was set up by senior teammate Molly Kreklow, who had 32 assists, seven kills and 10 digs.
“I am really happy for Molly and Lisa,” Wayne Kreklow said. “I’m happy for all for the girls — but those two in particular have put so much into this program. This is a huge win for us.”
Missouri hadn’t won 30 matches in a season since 1978. The Tigers’ next match is Sunday at South Carolina.
UMKC’s Courtney Frerichs finished fourth at the NCAA Midwest Regional cross country meet Friday in Ames, Iowa, qualifying nationals. Frerichs ran the 6-kilometer race in 20 minutes, 25.0 seconds.
Missouri freshman Kaitlyn Fischer finished sixth in 20:26.4 and also qualified for nationals, helping the MU women to sixth place.
Kansas junior Reid Buchanan finished 12th in the men’s 10-kilometer race and will be the first Jayhawk since 2010 to compete at the NCAA championships. His time of 30:43.3 helped the KU men finish fifth. The KU women also finished fifth but had no automatic qualifiers for the NCAA championships, which will be Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind.
• The Rockhurst women, led by goals from senior midfielder Katie Kujawa, beat Truman State 2-0 in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional on Friday in Allendale, Mich. The Hawks will face top-seeded and top-ranked Grand Valley State at noon Sunday.
• Central Missouri’s women were eliminated in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Central Regional on Friday in Duluth, Minn., losing 3-1 to Southwest Minnesota State. Julie Ireland scored lone goal for the Jennies.
• Park won the American Midwest Conference men’s championship on penalty kicks Friday after a 3-3 draw at home against Hannibal-LaGrange. The Pirates earned an automatic NAIA Tournament berth.
• The Park women had three first-team all-conference selections: junior forwards Shnell Briscoe and Bridget Steiner and junior defender Christina Harold.
• Caroline Dupont, a freshman middle hitter at Washington University who graduated from Blue Valley North, was chosen to the all-University Athletic Association volleyball first team.
• Shea Brown, a 6-foot-4 forward from Mesa, Ariz., signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Kansas. She joins Lauren Aldridge, Terriell Bradley and Chayla Cheadle in KU’s class.