Tigers Fall Short Against No. 11 ISU

<i>Paola Ampudia led Mizzou with 15 kills in the loss.</i>

Paola Ampudia led Mizzou with 15 kills in the loss.

Sept. 18, 2010

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou volleyball team dropped to 9-3 on the season after falling to No. 11 Iowa State, 3-1 (25-16, 15-25, 18-25, 19-25), on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 18) at the Hearnes Center. Senior outside hitter Paola Ampudia (Cali, Colombia) led Mizzou with 15 kills while four Tigers finished with double-digit dig totals. Senior libero Caitlyn Vann (Muncie, Ind.) led the way on the back row with 14 digs. Freshman Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) posted her third career double-double as well with 38 assists and 12 digs. A season-high 2,409 fans packed into the Hearnes Center to watch the match.

The Tigers won the first set, 25-16, due in large part to a .289 attack percentage, but dropped the next three as they failed to hit above .100 in each of the final three frames. In fact, Mizzou was limited to a season-low hitting percentage at .113. Junior middle hitter Brittney Brimmage (East St. Louis, Ill.) finished with 10 kills and four blocks while senior left side hitter Julianna Klein (Keota, Iowa) pitched in seven kills and 11 digs. Junior defensive specialist Priscilla Armendariz (Blue Springs, Mo.) corralled 10 digs and added three service aces and Mizzou posted more digs than Iowa State with 60 in the match.

"From my standpoint, I am disappointed, especially in the way that we played in sets two, three and four after we played so well in the first," head coach Wayne Kreklow said. "Iowa State is obviously a very good team, but I didn't think that they were doing a lot to change how we played. I thought we just committed a lot of unforced errors and Iowa State is a team that doesn't beat themselves, so it is hard to win a match when that happens."

Mizzou won the first set of the match after riding the arm of Ampudia and a raucous home crowd. Mizzou jumped out to a 7-0 lead on the service of Klein and used an efficient attack from that point to close out the Cyclones, 25-16. Ampudia led Mizzou with five kills on .500 hitting in the set while Brimmage added four kills on .333 hitting. Mizzou posted 15 kills in the frame and committed just four attack errors. Kreklow dished 14 of her 38 assists in the first set as well.

From there, the Cyclones' defense took over and limited the Tigers to eight kills in the second set and 10 in both the third and fourth. Mizzou also failed to hit above .100 in each of the final three sets while ISU hit above .297 in each set.

Mizzou will return to action next Wednesday as they host No. 8 Texas at the Hearnes Center at 6:30 p.m. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com.



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