Tigers Stumble at Kansas, Lose in Four



Sept. 29, 2010

Box Score

LAWRENCE, Kan. - The Mizzou volleyball team dropped to 10-5 on the season and 2-3 in Big 12 play as it fell, 3-1 (21-25, 20-25, 26-24, 21-25), to Kansas at the Horejsi Events Center in Lawrence. Freshman setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) tallied her fourth career double-double with 50 assists and 12 digs. Julianna Klein (Keota, Iowa) and Brittney Brimmage (East St. Louis, Ill.) combined to post 31 kills on .448 hitting to lead the Tiger offense.

Mizzou 1, Kansas 3
Box Score 

  1 2 3 4 5 F
MIZZOU 21 20 26 21 X 1
KANSAS 25 25 24 25 X 3
Stat Leaders
Vann (14) Digs Mathieu (23)
Kreklow (50) Assists Tate (50)
Klein (18) Kills Garlington (22)
Klein (.455) Att. % Kaiser (.571)
Brimmage (5) Blocks Tolefree (3)

Klein led the Tigers with 18 kills on a career-best .455 hitting while Brimmage added 13 kills on .440 hitting. Senior Paola Ampudia (Cali, Colombia) pitched in 13 kills while Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) added 11 more as four Tigers finished with double-digit kill totals. But Mizzou's defense struggled to slow the KU attack, which hit .340 on the match. Mizzou corralled just 55 digs in the match while Kansas pulled in 67, a key reason for the Jayhawks' success.

Mizzou fell down 9-3 early in the first set, but a kill from Klein sparked a 4-0 run for the Tigers as they got back in the set. KU then countered with another 9-3 run to regain control. The Tigers rallied to make things close down the stretch, but they were unable to overcome their slow start, falling 25-21 in the first.

Mizzou hit .250 in the first set but allowed Kansas to hit .364, despite pulling in 20 digs in the frame. Kreklow assisted on 14 of the Tigers' 15 kills in the set while Klein led Mizzou with five. But Mizzou has no answer for KU's Jenna Kaiser in the first as she tallied six kills on nine attacks without an error.

The Tigers raced out to a 5-3 lead in the second, but an 8-0 Kansas run put the Jayhawks in the driver's seat at 11-5. Mizzou tried to close the gap, but the six-point cushion was too much to overcome as KU won the second, 25-20. Mizzou hit .263 in the set as Ampudia led the offense with five kills, but once again, Mizzou struggled to slow the Jayhawk attack as it hit .350 in the frame. Preseason All-Big 12 honoree Karina Garlington led Kansas with 10 kills in the set.

The third set opened with the teams trading sideouts until a change-up by head coach Wayne Kreklow caught KU off guard. After a kill from Brimmage, Kreklow inserted sophomore Lindsey Petrick (Overland Park, Kan.) into the lineup for her first ever service attempt. She sent it over and forced an overpass that was buried by Henning, giving Mizzou a 16-14 lead. From there, the Tiger offense, led by Brimmage, took over as the Tigers escaped the third set with a 26-24 win in the set. Ampudia and Brimmage combined for a block to extend the match to a fourth set to close the frame.

Mizzou outhit KU .257 to .222 in the third while totaling 16 kills, five more than Kansas in the set. Kreklow assisted on 13 of the Tigers' 16 kills in the frame while Brimmage led the way with five kills in the set while adding a solo block and a pair of block assists to account for seven points in the set.

Despite carrying the momentum from the third-set win, Mizzou fell down 7-4 in the fourth, but once again Kreklow subbed in Petrick to serve and she rallied the team to a 7-7 tie. But KU rallied to take the lead midway through the set and used a couple of service aces to gain momentum and an 18-12 lead. That was enough for the Jayhawks, who claimed the set, 25-21.

The Tigers will return to action on Saturday as they return home to host the Colorado Buffaloes at the Hearnes Center at 6:30 p.m. The match will give Tigers a chance to catch up with former Tiger players as it will be Mizzou volleyball alumni night. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com.



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