Sept. 11, 2010
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The Mizzou volleyball team improved to 8-1 in 2010 after topping Central Arkansas, 3-0 (25-21, 26-24, 25-17), in its third match of the Western Kentucky Invitational at E.A. Diddle Arena Saturday morning. Senior outside hitter Paola Ampudia (Cali, Colombia) led Mizzou with her first double-double of 2010 as she posted 10 kills with 11 digs. After struggling defensively in its last match, Mizzou was much better Saturday morning, tallying eight total blocks while pulling in 56 digs. Four Tigers finished with double-digit dig totals. The sweep is the Tigers' seventh on the season
Freshman setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) also posted a double-double in the match as she spread 31 assists and corralled 11 digs. Senior outside hitter Julianna Klein (Keota, Iowa) finished one kill shy of a double-double as well with nine kills and 11 digs. Libero Caitlyn Vann (Muncie, Ind.) pulled in 12 digs in the win, rounding out the Tigers in double digits.
Offensively, Ampudia led the charge with 10 kills and 11 total points while Klein finished with nine kills and a team-best 11.5 total points after posting a pair of solo blocks and a block assist. Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) and Brittney Brimmage (East St. Louis, Mo.) each added six kills apiece while Brimmage did so on a team-high .308 hitting.
Mizzou fell behind 7-1 in the first set, but after a timeout, Klein rallied the Tigers with three straight kills that sparked a Tiger run that cut the lead to 9-8. The Tigers went on a 10-4 run from there which gave them enough separation to take the set, 25-21. Klein led all Tiger attackers with five kills on .273 hitting in the frame. The Tiger back row overcame shaky play in last night's match to pull in 20 digs as well, highlighted by seven from Ampudia.
The second set was closer than the first as Mizzou struggled to pull away from UCA, but the play of Ampudia helped Mizzou finish the set at 6-24. Ampudia posted five kills in the set while the Tiger block was strong, posting five in the set. Klein led Mizzou with a pair of solo blocks in the frame while Ampudia and Wilson each pitched in a pair of block assists.
After winning the second set, Mizzou seemed to gain momentum and ran out to a 9-3 lead over the Sugar Bears in the third. Mizzou seemed to rest its starters from there, subbing in Weiwen Wang (Nanjing, China) and Marissa Ferri (Naperville, Ill.), who helped extend the lead to 16-9. The Tiger offense continued to click from there, helping the Tigers to a 25-17 win in the third.
Mizzou will return to action at 4 p.m. as it will square off with Virginia Tech in its final match of the tournament. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com.