Sept. 10, 2010
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The Mizzou volleyball team topped Tennessee Tech in game two of the Western Kentucky Invitational, 3-0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-19), at E.A. Diddle Arena on Friday morning (Sept. 10). With the win, the Tigers improve to 7-0 in 2010. The Tigers served 10 aces in the match, a season-best. Five of those aces came off of the arm of freshman setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.), who was serving overhand for the first time this season. Mizzou has now swept it opponents in six of its seven matches in 2010.
As a team, Mizzou served up 10 aces in the match, matching its most since last year's home match against Colorado when it also posted 10. Aside from Kreklow's five aces, Julianna Klein (Keota, Iowa) and Priscilla Armendariz (Blue Springs, Mo.) each added a pair while Catie Wilson (Omaha, Neb.) tallied the other.
Klein led Mizzou in kills for the second time this season with 12 on .360 hitting. The Tiger middle hitting duo of Wilson and Brittney Brimmage (East St. Louis, Ill.) combined for eight kills on 17 attacks with just two errors while senior outside hitter Paola Ampudia (Cali, Colombia) added seven kills on 26 attacks. Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) also pitched in five kills. Mizzou hit .272 in the match as it has hit better than .260 in each of its last six matches.
The Tiger back row played well in the win, pulling in a season three-set best 54 total digs, highlighted by 18 from libero Caitlyn Vann (Muncie, Ind.) and 10 more from Ampudia, also a season-best. Vann has been a tear as of late and has pulled in at least 18 digs in each of her last four matches, averaging 6.15 per set in that span. Armendariz played one set at libero and pulled in nine digs, one off of her season-best.
Mizzou blocked well at the net with seven in the match, tying its three-set season high in 2010. Brimmage led the way with five total blocks, two of which were solo, marking a new career-best total. Ampudia and Wilson each added a pair of block assists as well.
Mizzou fell down, 3-0, in the first set as it struggled with serve receive early, but two straight aces from Kreklow and the attack of the Tiger middles helped Mizzou build a 9-6 lead. In fact, Mizzou scored 18 of the next 23 points to open up and 18-8 lead while running away with the set, winning 25-14. The Tiger offense barely got a chance to get going as its service kept TTU out of system throughout the set. In fact, of the Tigers 25 points, 14 came off of TTU errors. The Tigers still managed to hit .280 in the set while six different attackers posted at least one kill. Brimmage and Wilson combined for four kills on five attacks without an error as they dominated the net. Kreklow assisted on seven of nine Mizzou kills in the set.
Kreklow, who served overhand for the first time this season, opened the second set with her third ace of the match as the service and the block of Mizzou became the story of the second set. In fact, Mizzou scored its 14th, 15th, 16th, and 17th points of the set on three straight blocks and then Kreklow's fifth ace of the match. That run helped the Tigers build and 18-11 lead, helping them claim the set, 25-13. Weiwen Wang (Nanjing, China) tallied her first kill of the season in the set as she scored the Tigers' 24th point on a quick set from Kreklow. Sophomore Lindsey Petrick (Overland Park, Kan.) also played in the set for Mizzou, seeing action for the second time this season.
The Tiger offense, despite having limited opportunities in the first two sets, seemed to get rolling in third set as it tallied 17 kills in the final set with Kreklow assisting on 14 of those. The match took just one hour and Mizzou limited Tennessee Tech to just 46 total points in the match, a season-best for the Tigers. Mizzou is now 6-0 when outhitting its opponents this season.
The Tigers will return to action at 7 p.m. tonight as they will play Western Kentucky in their second true road match of the season at E.A. Diddle Arena. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com.