Oct. 2, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Senior outside hitter Paola Ampudia (Cali, Colombia) posted a 2010 Big 12 three-set best 20 kills as the Mizzou volleyball team swept Colorado, 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-19), on Saturday night (Oct. 2) at the Hearnes Center. The win moves the Tigers to 11-5 overall this season and 3-3 in Big 12 play. Ampudia guided a Tiger offense that hit .297 on the night and posted 48 kills. Ampudia's 20 kills are the most in a single match by a Tiger this season.
Mizzou 3, Colorado 0
|Beckwith (16)||Digs||Vann (16)|
|Valentine (27)||Assists||Kreklow (44)|
|Schroeder (12)||Kills||Ampudia (20)|
|Valentine (.667)||Att. %||Wilson (.417)|
|Lindow (4)||Blocks||Two Players (1)|
"This was a nice way for us to rebound after Wednesday's loss at Kansas," head coach Wayne Kreklow said. "I thought we passed much better tonight and that helped Molly and Paola click offensively. Molly was really able to get under the ball and deliver great sets to Paola all night. Paola is one of those hitters that plays better with the more swings that she gets, and we saw that tonight."
Aside from Ampudia, freshman Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) had a fine match as she posted nine kills on .320 hitting. Brittney Brimmage (East St. Louis, Ill.) and Julianna Klein (Keota, Iowa) each pitched in six kills apiece as well. Senior Catie Wilson (Omaha, Neb.) also had a fine match, totaling seven kills on .417 hitting, a team-best. Freshman setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) spread 44 assists on 48 Tiger kills for her second-best three-set total this season. Her 14.67 per frame on Saturday moved her season average to 11.91, which is still tops in the Big 12.
Defensively, the Tigers got great performances from libero Caitlyn Vann (Muncie, Ind.), defensive specialist Priscilla Armendariz (Blue Springs, Mo.) and Klein as they combined for 35 digs. Vann accounted for 16 of those while Klein and Armendariz pitched in 11 and eight, respectively. Kreklow also pitched in nine digs. The Tigers' serve receive was impressive as well as they committed just one reception error in the three sets. Conversely, Mizzou aced Colorado seven times in the match, five of which came from Vann and Armendariz.
Ampudia came out hot in the first set and posted five kills in the frame, helping Mizzou to a 25-20 set win in the first. The Tigers fell behind early but overcame the sluggish start by riding the arm of Ampudia. Henning also came out firing in the first as she tallied four kills on seven errorless attacks. Kreklow assisted on 12 of 14 Tiger kills in the set as well.
After a somewhat impressive first set, Ampudia really came to life in the second as she tallied 11 kills on .471 hitting to lead Mizzou to a 25-22 set win. In fact, she led a Mizzou offense that posted 20 kills on .319 hitting in the second. Kreklow assisted on 19 of 20 Tiger kills in the set as well.
Following the intermission, Mizzou used its service to run the Buffaloes out of town, acing them four times in the frame. Ampudia cooled off in the third and posted just four kills but the rest of the team combined to tally 10 kills on .556 hitting without an error as Mizzou claimed the third set, 25-19.
Mizzou will be back in action next Wednesday (Oct. 6) as it looks to "Can the Huskers" at 6:30 p.m. at the Hearnes Center. Fans that donate two canned food items will receive free admission to the match. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com.
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