Blue Springs graduate and Missouri senior Lisa Henning capped her stellar volleyball career Wednesday when she was named a first-team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association – one of four Tigers to receive All-America honors.
Henning, a right side hitter who was a third-team selection the past two seasons, and senior teammate Molly Kreklow, the Tigers’ setter and the nation’s leader in assists, are the second and third first-team All-American honorees in the program’s history. Junior middle blocker Whitney Little and freshman outside hitter Carly Kan were named to the honorable mention squad.
Henning led Missouri with 499 kills and ranked 20th in the nation with 4.89 points per set. She attacked at a .330 clip with 4.26 kills per set and also averaged 0.74 blocks and 2.22 digs per set. She finished as the school’s all-time kills leader with 1,794.
“This is amazing and it is such a great honor to see my name up there with so many great players on the first team,” Henning said in a media release. “I am also so happy for Molly. This is my third year on the All-America teams but her first, and after playing with her for four years, she has deserved this recognition multiple times. She is the best setter in the country.
“I wouldn’t be getting All-America honors without our amazing coaching staff and support group either. My last four years here have been like being around a second family, and I couldn’t have done any of this without all the great people that have come into my life. I am so grateful.”
Missouri had its winningest season in 2013, finishing 35-1 and ranked as high as No. 4. The Tigers swept through the Southeastern Conference but were upset in the second round of the NCAA Tournament by visiting Purdue.