Oct. 3, 2012
- Friday night's "Dig for the Cure" match against the visiting Missouri Tigers marks the fourth all-time and second meeting of the season between the two now-Southeastern Conference opponents.
- In its first season in the SEC, Mizzou is making its first trip to Knoxville and Thompson-Boling Arena.
- With a thrilling come from behind five-frame win in Columbia in the conference opener, Missouri took a 2-1 lead in the all-time series and claimed the first league match between the two sides.
- Prior to the 2012 slate, both previous meetings came during the 2005 season. UT posted a 25-9 overall mark in 2005 en route to the program's only NCAA Final Four appearance. The Big Orange lost in straight sets at Missouri early in the campaign, but avenged the loss when it counted with a victory over the Tigers in the Elite Eight.
- The annual "Dig for the Cure" match helps raise money and awareness for breast cancer research. A silent auction of UT athletics memorabilia will be held, with all proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation of Knoxville.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
- With their new SEC era in full swing, the Tigers make their first trip to Knoxville on Friday with a 12-4 overall record and as one of four league teams with at least four conference wins with a 4-2 mark.
- Mizzou has league wins over the Lady Vols, Ole Miss, LSU and Georgia, while dropping matches to then-No. 13 Florida and fellow new member Texas A&M. The Tigers play six of their next seven matches on the road.
- Currently in second place in the Eastern Division, the Tigers are second in the SEC in hitting percentage and 17th nationally with a .282 attacking clip and lead the SEC in blocks with 2.81 per set.
- Mizzou comes in having averaged 3.17 blocks per set over the past eight matches. The Tigers have posted at least 10 blocks in seven of 16 matches this season.
- Sophomore Whitney Little is the reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Week. She leads the SEC in blocks per set (1.49) in all matches and in conference matches (2.0). She has a pair of block-kill double-doubles and ranks 11th nationally in hitting (.423) and blocks (1.49), and is third in solo blocks (16).
- Junior All-American Lisa Henning leads the team offensively with 238 kills and a 4.33 kills per set average. She recently became the 11th Tiger in program history to go over 1,000 kills. She is currently No. 5 on the SEC's active kills list with 1,027.
- Wayne Kreklow and his wife Susan have combined to win over 250 matches at Mizzou. After his wife led the team for five seasons (2000-04), Wayne took over control and is in his eighth year at the helm and 13th overall season. The Kreklows have reached the NCAA Tournament 10 of the last 12 seasons.