Tigers Sweep Nevada, Improve to 2-0

<i>Lisa Henning led Mizzou with 13 kills.</i>

Lisa Henning led Mizzou with 13 kills.

Aug. 28, 2010

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou volleyball team improved to 2-0 on the season and recorded its second-straight sweep as it knocked off Nevada, 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-18), Friday afternoon at the Hearnes Center. Freshman Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) led a well-balanced Mizzou attack as she dished 36 assists and helped Mizzou hit .419 as a team, its best percentage since hitting .454 against Arkansas State back in 2006.

"I thought the offense really clicked today and I think it showed in the way that we were able to score today," head coach Wayne Kreklow said. "It is always nice in a tournament setting to see how your team will respond after a win and play the next morning. I thought we came in focused and our hitters really did a nice job of keeping Nevada off balance."

The Tigers' efficient attack was the headline of the match as five palyers finished with hitting percentages better than .400. As a team, Mizzou committed just six attack errors in the match, good for just two per set. On a side note, the Tigers will play Utah Valley, the team in which they notched their top hitting percentage of 2009 (.354) against last season, later tonight for the Tiger Invitational title.

After dishing 36 assists in her collegiate debut on Friday, Kreklow once again shined in the Tigers' win on Saturday as she passed out 35 in the match. Through her first two matches, Kreklow has 71 total assists, averaging 11.83 per frame, a mark that tops all Big 12 setters at this point in the season. She also finished with a career-best 11 digs for her first career double-double while pitching in a pair of kills.

She anchored a Tiger attack that saw six players tally kills while two - Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) and Paola Ampudia (Cali, Colombia) - finished in double figures. For Henning, her 13 kills led the team for the second straight match while her .444 attack percentage was a career-best. She committed just one error on 27 attacks. Ampudia also had an efficient night as she tallied 12 kills on 25 attempts with just two errors, good for a .400 clip.

The Tiger middle hitters also boasted an extremely efficient attack, highlighted by junior Britttney Brimmage (East St. Louis, Ill.) who had eight kills on 14 errorless attacks, good for a .571 clip, which ranked second on the team on Saturday. Senior Catie Wilson (Omaha, Neb.) led the team with a .625 attack percentage as she finished with five kills on eight attacks. In all, Wilson and Brimmage combined to tally 13 kills on 22 attacks.

As a team, the Tigers played very will in the back row, corralling 46 total digs. For the second-straight match, libero Caitlyn Vann (Muncie, Ind.) led the team with 15 digs. Last night, she pulled in 19, giving her 34 on the tournament. Kreklow added her 11 digs while both Klein and junior Priscilla Armendariz (Blue Springs, Mo.) added seven apiece.

With the match well in hand, the Tigers also gave Marissa Ferri (Naperville, Ill.) and Lindsey Petrick (Overland Park, Kan.) some playing time late in the third set for their first action of the season. Mizzou will play for the Tiger Invitational title tonight at 6:30 p.m. against Utah Valley at the Hearnes Center.

For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com.



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