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Missouri volleyball team ends regular season with record of 34-0

COLUMBIA — It ended like every other volleyball match did in the regular season for the Missouri Tigers — a victory.

The Tigers wrapped up an undefeated season Wednesday night at the Hearnes Center, dispatching Arkansas in three sets (25-11, 25-16, 29-27) to become the first volleyball team in Southeastern Conference history to finish without a loss.

“Now that the regular season is over and you can take time to look back, it really is an unbelievable achievement to play that well, that consistent, for that long,” Missouri volleyball coach Wayne Kreklow said.

The Tigers (34-0, ranked No. 4), who finished 18-0 in SEC play, won 102 of 110 sets played during the season and never had a match pushed to the fifth set. Missouri swept 26 of its 34 matches in three sets.

Missouri’s Molly Kreklow finished with 45 assists Wednesday. Kreklow finished the regular-season with an NCAA-best 12.65 assists per set. Carly Kan led the team with 15 kills, while Lisa Henning totaled 14. Sarah Meister had a match-high 23 digs.

The Tigers, who have clinched a spot in next month’s NCAA Tournament after winning the SEC title, will find out their tournament fate Sunday.

“Now we focus on the NCAA Tournament and hopefully we can keep this going,” coach Kreklow said. “Trust me, this group is hungry for more.”

The team will host a watch party at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the Clinton Club inside Mizzou Arena.

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