Sept. 11, 2010
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The Mizzou volleyball team dropped its final match of the Western Kentucky Invitational to Virginia Tech, 3-1 (20-25, 25-22, 12-25, 22-25), Saturday afternoon (Sept. 11) at E.A. Diddle Arena. The loss drops the Tigers to 8-2 on the season and gives them a 2-2 mark on the weekend. The Tigers were led by the play of Julianna Klein (Keota, Iowa) and Brittney Brimmage (East St. Louis, Ill.). Brimmage hit .429 with a team-best 12 kills while Klein pitched in 10 more kills.
Mizzou hit a season-low .155 in the match and tallied only 44 kills in the four sets. Senior Paola Ampudia (Cali, Colombia) added 11 kills put also committed nine attack errors. The defense was led by libero Caitlyn Vann (Muncie, Ind.) as she tallied 14 digs. Freshman setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) pitched in eight as did Klein. Ampudia led Mizzou with five total blocks.
The Tigers and Hokies wrestled to 5-6 start in the first set, but Mizzou struggled with serve receive from there as they were aced three times, allowing Virginia Tech to go on a run and jump out to a 13-6 advantage. The Tigers made a late charge after riding the offense of Klein and Brimmage, but the 7-1 run was too much to overcome as the Hokies took the first set, 25-20. Klein and Brimmage both posted four kills in the set as they combined to hit .467.
The Tigers rebounded to win the second set thanks in large part to 10 attack errors by the Hokies as Mizzou tallied only nine kills in the set. A big reason for the Hokies' 10 attack errors was a strong Tiger block which tallied five in the set, highlighted by three from Weiwen Wang (Nanjing, China), who posted two solo blocks and a block assist after coming off the bench. Freshman Ashton Bodenstab (Blue Springs, Mo.) also came off the bench to sure up the Tigers' serve receive and was perfect on all of her chances. Ampudia led Mizzou with five kills in the set.
After forcing the Hokies into 10 attack errors in the second set, Virginia Tech came out firing in the third and hit .407 with 13 kills, running away with the set, 25-12. Mizzou was held to negative hitting in the set for the first time this season. Wang was bright spot for the Tigers in the frame as she led Mizzou with four kills off the bench.
The fourth set was close until a late 3-0 run that gave the Hokies a 21-16 lead late in the frame. The Tigers tried to rally but dropped the set, 25-22.
Mizzou will return to action on Wednesday as they travel to Texas Tech to take on the Red Raiders in its Big 12 opener. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com.