Kerklow, Henning get volleyball preseason honors

Teammates Whitney Little (8), Molly Kreklow (1), and Sarah Meister (4) celebrate a Lisa Henning (5) kill. Henning had a career high 27 kills in the match. Dec. 15, 2011 file photo.

In this file photo, Whitney Little (8), Molly Kreklow (1), and Sarah Meister (4) celebrate a Lisa Henning (5) kill.

Missouri seniors Lisa Henning and Molly Kreklow have been named to the preseason All-SEC team.

The nine-member team, voted on by the league’s head coaches, includes eight seniors and one sophomore, representing seven of the conference’s 14 schools.

“Preseason awards are great, but I think both of them would trade those honors for a great season and another trip back to the postseason,” coach Wayne Kreklow told Mizzou Athletics.

Both players made the preseason team last year. Henning finished the year as a first team All-SEC selection and Molly Kreklow was named to the second team.

Henning is on track to finish her career as the leader in kills and points. She already holds the record for kills in a single season.

“I’m excited, and to share a spot on the team with Molly means a lot to me as well,” Henning said in a media release. “To be recognized as one of the top nine players in a league like the SEC is great, but it’s all about what we can accomplish as a team this season — that’s what is most important to me.”

In the 2012 season Molly Kreklow averaged 10.47 assists and .25 service aces per set.

“There are so many good setters returning to SEC teams this season and for the coaches to recognize me is exciting,” Molly Kreklow said.

Eight of the nine players selected this year were also named to the first or second team in 2012.

The annual Black & Gold scrimmage will be on Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Hearnes Center.

Missouri plays its first games in the Tiger Invitational on Friday, Aug. 30 at the Hearnes Center.

Preseason All-SEC Team School Pos. Class
Camila Jersonsky, Auburn Auburn MB Senior
Chloe Mann, Florida Florida MB Senior
Živa Recek, Florida Florida OH Soph
Whitney Billings, Kentucky Kentucky RS Senior
Desiree Elliott, LSU LSU MB Senior
Lisa Henning, Missouri   Kentucky OH Senior
Molly Kreklow, Missouri  Kentucky S Senior
Juliette Thévenin, South Carolina South Carolina OH Senior
Allie Sawatzky, Texas A&M Texas A&M S Senior
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