Former Blue Springs High School standout became the first University of Missouri volleyball player to earn All-SEC first-team honors.

Former Blue Springs High School standout became the first University of Missouri volleyball player to earn All-SEC first-team honors.

Henning, a third-team All-American as a sophomore, led the SEC in kills per set (4.64) and points per set (5.28). That accomplishment comes a year after she led the Big 12 in kills per set and points per set in the team’s final year as a member of that conference in 2011.

Henning’s numbers were even better in league play this season as well as she averaged 4.75 kills per set and 5.34 points per set while hitting .252 despite getting 554 more balls than the next-best attacker on the team (Little, 385). Henning also showed her versatility as an all-round player this season. She posted 12 double-doubles (11 coming in SEC play) while averaging 2.66 digs per set, 0.73 blocks per set with 24 aces.

Henning finished the season with 506 total kills, good for the fourth-best total in program history in a single season while her 4.64 kills per set average is the second-best total in school history and a rally-scoring era program record. Coupled with her school-record 523 kills last season, Henning becomes the first-ever Tiger to post back-to-back 500-kill seasons and she holds two of the Tigers’ four 500-kill seasons in the program’s history. Henning was a unanimous All-Big 12 first team pick a season ago, giving her two-straight All-Conference first team selections.

“Obviously I am humbled by the honor,” Henning said. “I couldn’t have done any of this without my teammates, especially Molly (Kreklow). She is one of the best setters in the country and she makes my job easier because I always have a good ball to hit. For three of us to be honored by the SEC this season, I think it goes to show you that we can compete in this league at a very high level. We were disappointed in where we wound up this season, but I think we bring back a lot of pieces to have a very successful season next year.”

Junior setter Molly Kreklow and sophomore middle blocker Whitney Little landed on the All-SEC second team, making Mizzou one of only three teams to have three separate players honored among the two All-SEC teams, joining league champion Florida and SEC West champion Texas A&M.

“Obviously this is great recognition for our program,” Tigers head coach Wayne Kreklow said. “I think for the SEC coaches to recognize the contributions that Lisa, Molly and Whitney made this season give those three a lot to be proud of. Week in and week out, those three gave a lot to our team and I think it shows with them earning post season honors. I am proud of them and happy to see that we got three athletes recognized by the league coaches.”