Sept. 10, 2010
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The Mizzou volleyball team suffered its first loss of 2010 at the hands of Western Kentucky, 3-1 (20-25, 19-25, 25-19, 17-25), Friday night at E.A. Diddle Arena. Senior outside hitter Paola Ampudia (Cali, Colombia) led Mizzou with 17 kills while Brittney Brimmage (East St. Louis, Ill.) posted 13 kills on .407 hitting. Mizzou struggled to slow Western Kentucky, which hit .369 and aced the Tigers nine times. Freshman Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) was also a bright spot as she spread 44 assists in the loss.
Despite hitting .433 in the first set, the Tigers dropped the first frame, 25-20, as they struggled to slow the Western Kentucky offense, which finished with 19 kills on .692 hitting. The Lady Toppers had just one attack error on 26 swings. Neither team put together great defensive numbers in the first set as they combined for just 10 digs and two blocks. The Tigers had just four digs in the set. Ampudia was the Tigers' top offensive weapon in the frame as she posted 10 kills on .615 hitting. Kreklow spread 14 assists in the frame as well.
Mizzou's defense at the net improved in the second set as it totaled five blocks, highlighted by three from Ampudia, but it struggled to kill the ball as it hit just .038 in the frame. The back row continued to struggle as well, pulling in only five digs as the Lady Toppers took the second frame, 25-19, giving them a 2-0 lead at intermission.
The Tigers looked like a different team out of the intermission as they jumped all over the Lady Toppers to open a 4-1 lead. The offense clicked like it did in the first set and the Tiger defense pulled in 17 digs in the frame, eight more than it combined for in the first two sets. Brimmage was the Tigers' go-to attacker, totaling six kills on 10 attacks as Mizzou won the set, 25-19. The Tigers limited the Lady Toppers to a .184 clip in the third. Kreklow also assisted on 14 of 16 Tiger kills in the set.
In the fourth set, the Lady Topper serve took control of the set as back-to-back aces helped them build a 14-8 lead over the Tigers. Those aces were part of a 7-0 run that gave the Toppers an 18-8 lead. In fact, Mizzou was aced six times in the set as WKU ran away with the final frame, 25-17.
Mizzou will return to action tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. against Central Arkansas as it looks to rebound from its first loss of 2010. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com.