Oct. 3, 2007
BOULDER, Colo. -
The Missouri volleyball team (9-6, 2-4 Big 12) won another five game thriller Wednesday night, taking the match over Colorado in Boulder, 30-20, 30-19, 26-30, 28-30, 15-9. Freshman Weiwen Wang (Nanjing, China) was nearly unstoppable on the night, recording school records in blocks in a match (13) and most kills without an error (19). In addition, Weiwen added two service aces and six digs.
Weiwen also recorded the second-highest hitting percentage (.559, 19-0-34) all-time in a Tiger five-game match.
"I just tried my best to be as active as possible in the position," said Weiwen. "The records were definitely unexpected. I just went out and did my job."
Former Tiger Christi Myers held the previous school records in both the blocks-in-a-match (12) category and most-kills-without-an-error (17) stat.
As a team, Mizzou racked 24 blocks on the evening, a Tiger school record in the Big 12 era, and it was the most since the Tiger school record of 26 was set on September 29, 1987 in a win at Saint Louis. In addition, it was the most blocks in a Tiger conference match since October 25, 1985 when Mizzou scored on 25 blocks at Oklahoma.
Sophomore Megan Wilson was part of 10 of the blocks, becoming the eighth Tiger in Mizzou history to record a double-digit block total, and the first (other than Weiwen) since her sister, Nicole Wilson recorded 11 blocks in a win at Kansas State on October 8, 2003. Wilson also added 13 kills for her first career double-double.
Not to be outdone, Tiger setter Lei Wang (Shanghai, China) just missed her second-consecutive triple double with 34 assists, 12 digs, and nine kills, adding three blocks and an ace. On Saturday versus Oklahoma, Lei recorded Mizzou's third triple double in 16 years.
Senior Na Yang
was next for the Tigers with 16 kills, adding 13 digs and five blocks. Sophomore Amanda Hantouli
tied a career best with 13 kills.
Senior Tatum Ailes tied her season best with 29 digs.
Colorado (5-9, 0-6 Big 12), who has now lost five conference matches in five-game fashion was led by Alex Buth's 19 kills.
Mizzou was dominate in game one, scoring eight blocks on the way to a 30-20 win. Starting with a 6-5 lead, Mizzou went on a 7-1 run which included three blocks with Na Yang touching each of them. An ace by Weiwen Wang closed the run, giving Mizzou a 16-7 lead. Colorado scored their first point off the serve at 16-8 to start a run that would force Mizzou to use a timeout with the score within four at 18-14. Two more blocks and a Caitlyn Vann ace highlighted a slew of points that gave Mizzou a 25-18 lead. Mizzou ended the game with a 5-2 run with Catie Wilson closing the game with a ace, MU's third of the game. Although Mizzou hit .093, the defense at the net won the game as Colorado hit .000 (13-13-50). Amanda Hantouli led Mizzou with four kills in the frame, but most impressively was Weiwen Wang's five and Megan Wilson's three blocks.
The Tigers scored on six more blocks in game two in a 30-19 win. Weiwen had three blocks in the frame. Mizzou went up 13-7 on a Yang-Weiwen double-block an did not look back, garnering leads of 19-10 and 22-13 before closing the stanza.
CU took game three 30-26, needing only a run of three-straight points to keep the Tigers on their toes. Tied at 13-13, the `Buffs took three straight and did not look back, as teams went back and forth with side-outs gaining no more than two points at a time. Colorado shut down Mizzou's block, hitting .333 as a team in the frame.
In inverse to the past two games, game four was a frame of runs with CU taking it 30-28. The Tigers had a 6-1 run to take a 15-11 lead, but Colorado rattled off six straight to go up two at 17-15. Colorado started to gain momentum with a three-point strike to go ahead 24-21, but three straight my Missouri, including two-straight solo blocks by Megan Wilson put the score to 24-all. The teams would do the same again with two separate three-point runs to put the score at 27-all. Colorado won the three of the last four points to win the frame.
The Tigers took a control in game five with a five-point service run to take a 9-4 lead and the Tigers kept the momentum.
Mizzou will host Texas Tech on Saturday at 2 p.m., admission is free.