Missouri notebook

Missouri’s E.J. Gaines shares SEC defensive award

Updated: 2013-12-03T03:14:01Z

By TOD PALMER

The Kansas City Star

Missouri senior cornerback E.J. Gaines was chosen Monday as the co-defensive player of the week in the Southeastern Conference.

Gaines, who shared the award with Mississippi senior safety Nickoe Whitley, shut down Texas A&M sophomore wide receiver Mike Evans on Saturday, allowing him to catch only four passes for eight yards in a 28-21 victory for the Tigers.

Evans led the SEC in yards and touchdowns before being blanketed by Gaines, who finished with six tackles for a defense that limited the Aggies to 379 total yards.

Gaines, a Fort Osage graduate, ranks fourth in the SEC with four interceptions and is third for Missouri with 59 tackles despite missing two and a half games.

The Tigers, who play Auburn for the SEC title Saturday at the Georgia Dome, have won 12 weekly conference awards, which is the most in a single season in program history.

Tigers take volleyball awards

The No. 4 Missouri volleyball team, which opens the NCAA Tournament on Friday, took home three major Southeastern Conference awards Monday.

Senior setter Molly Kreklow was chosen player of the year, Carly Kan was picked as freshman of the year and Wayne Kreklow won coach of the year in voting by the league’s 14 coaches.

Kreklow and Kan were joined on the all-SEC team by senior Lisa Henning of Blue Springs and junior Whitney Little.

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/todpalmer.

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