Sept. 2, 2011
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Mizzou volleyball team rebounded from its first defeat of the season yesterday to sweep Austin Peay State, 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-21), on Saturday afternoon in their first match of the Middle Tennessee Blue Raider Bash. In all, the Tigers hit .322 in the win as senior Brittney Brimmage (East St. Louis, Ill.) and Emily Wilson (Omaha, Neb.) put together great matches. Brimmage hit .692 with 10 kills on 13 swings while Wilson finished with a team-best 12 kills on .259 hitting.
"We did a lot of things better today and it was good to see a young team rally after what happened last night," head coach Wayne Kreklow said. "I am happy we won, but we still have three matches to play this weekend and the goal now is turning our team's focus to the next match against East Tennessee State tomorrow."
Brimmage and Wilson were the highlights for the Tigers on offense and sophomore setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) was a big reason why as she spread 36 assists on 42 Tiger kills in the match while she spread the ball to five different targets that finished with at least four kills. Sophomore Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) finished with eight kills on .385 hitting and freshman Katie O'Brien (Dallas, Texas) pitched in seven kills, just one shy of her career-best.
Defensively, the Tigers totaled their second-best block total of the season with 11.0 while corralling 38 digs as Priscilla Armendariz (Blue Springs, Mo.) led the way with 17. Whitney Little (Keller, Texas) set a career-high with seven blocks in the match while Henning pitched in four more. The Tigers also had six service aces on the night as well.
Mizzou fell behind early in the first set, 6-1, but Brimmage used a couple of big-time kills to get the Tigers back in the set. Also, the Tiger block improved, tallying three in a run that ultimately tied the set at 11-11, forcing Austin Peay to use the first timeout of the match. Mizzou continued to dominate out of the timeout behind the serving arm of freshman Jade Hayes
(Ozark, Mo.) as it ran off a 9-2 run to take a 17-13 lead over the Lady Govs. That run put the set away as Mizzou, despite falling behind 6-1, took the first, 25-19.
Mizzou hit .565 in the first set as Wilson and O'Brien each tallied a team-high four in the first while Henning and Little each pitched in three. Kreklow dished 14 assists on 16 Tiger kills in the set as Mizzou tallied its 16 kills on just 23 attacks.
The second set began as a carbon copy of the first as Mizzou fell behind, 7-2, in the early going, forcing head coach Wayne Kreklow to use a timeout. That seemed to settle the team as it rallied to cut the lead to 9-8 after a touch kill from O'Brien. The Tigers were able to rally and eventually take the second set, 25-22. The key was late in the set as Austin Peay committed three service errors late in the set to give Mizzou the win.
The Tigers once again had a very good attack in the second as they hit .367 with 15 kills as Kreklow continued to quarterback the high-powered offense. Brimmage led the Tigers with five kills in the set, doing so on just six swings, while Henning pitched in four kills on five attacks.
The third set was a back-and-forth affair until Kreklow began to serve with the Tigers down 6-5. She aced the Lady Govs on her first serve and then kept them out of system enough for Little and Henning to combine on a block in the next two points as the Tigers ran off three straight points to take an 8-6 lead, forcing a timeout from APSU. Out of the timeout, Kreklow launched a rocket serve that resulted in another ace to pad the lead. In fact, Mizzou took a 10-6 lead before letting the Lady Govs get back into the set at 11-10.
Mizzou once again appeared to be pulling away as it built a 16-12 lead, but Austin Peay used a 4-0 run to knot things up at 16 apiece, but a key service error by the Lady Govs gave the lead back to Mizzou at 17-16. A kill from Wilson extended that lead to 18-16 and that was all the padding Mizzou needed to escape with a 25-21 set win, clinching the sweep.
Mizzou will play a pair of matches tomorrow beginning at noon against East Tennessee State before playing Florida International in at 7:30 p.m. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MU_Volleyball.