Oct. 6, 2007
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Missouri Tiger volleyball team (10-6, 3-4 Big 12) recorded their first conference sweep of the season Saturday with a three-set win (30-23, 31-29, 30-16) over the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The win improved the Tigers' Big 12 conference record to 3-4 and gave them their first three-match winning streak since early September, after beginning conference play 0-4.
"I feel like we really had a great team effort from everyone across the board," said Head Coach Wayne Kreklow. "Blocking, digging, I thought we did a nice job of everyone being responsible for their own job."
The Tigers were very efficient on offense, hitting at a .387 clip. As a result, three Tigers scored double-digit kill totals with senior Na Yang on top of the board with 15 kills, notching a .419 hitting strike while also adding three aces, eight digs and three blocks. Freshman Weiwen Wang continued a strong week, scoring on 13 kills and three blocks. Sophomore Megan Wilson had 12 kills, committing only one error for a .524 hitting percentage, to go with three blocks.
Mizzou was again strong at the net, scoring on 13 team blocks to Texas Tech's five. Amanda Hantouli led all with five blokcs on the day.
Texas Tech (7-10, 1-7 Big 12) was led by Michelle Flores' 11 kills. Mizzou recorded its tenth-straight win over the Red Raiders.
The Tigers came out of the gate quickly with strong serving from Caitlyn Vann and Weiwen Wang as they jumped out to a 5-1 early lead following a Weiwen Wang ace. Texas Tech would battle back, however, to close the gap to one at 9-8. The Tigers would go on a four-point run with two kills from Weiwen Wang to widen the margin to five, 13-8. The Red Raiders kept it close with strong defensive net play, closing the gap to three at 19-16. It would be the closest Tech would get, however, as good hitting from Weiwen Wang and Meagan Wilson would widen the margin, culminating in a 30-23 game one win for the Tigers, capped off with a Wilson kill.
Weiwen Wang recorded six kills in the game, amounting to a .667 hitting percentage, while Wilson recorded five kills and led the Tigers with a .714 hitting percentage in game one. The Tigers as a team hit .463 in the first game.
In the second game, it was the Red Raiders who came out hot. After going up 5-1 early, the Tigers were forced to take a timeout. Following the timeout, the Tigers were able to battle back due to more good play from Meagan Wilson and Weiwen Wang, closing the gap to two at 7-5. The Tigers then went on a 4-2 run to tie the game back up at 9-9 following a Catie Wilson block. Missouri took their first lead of their game at 11-10 following a block from Amanda Hantouli and Catie Wilson. The Tigers would go up 14-12 on an Amanda Hantouli kill, only to see the Red Raiders go on a four-point run to take the lead, 16-14.
The Tigers and Red Raiders would battle to a 25-23 lead, when two errors by Tech tied the game at 25, forcing the Red Raiders to take a timeout. The two teams matched points to 28 with two kills from Meagan Wilson. An ace from Weiwen Wang put the game at game point. Following an error from Missouri to tie the game at 29, Na Yang recorded her 13th kill to put the Tigers up 30-29. A Catie Wilson ace gave the Tigers the game two win, 31-29. The Tigers continued their hitting prowess in the second game as Na Yang added seven kills to her total and Meagan Wilson added five.
For the first time in conference play, the Tigers closed out the match in true Tiger fashion, and failed to let Texas Tech win a game. After Missouri jumped out quickly to a 15-6 lead, a few defensive miscues by the Tigers closed the gap to six at 18-12. Their hot hand would return, however, as a Na Yang ace put the Tigers back up by eight, 21-13. A Red Raider timeout would fail to stop the bleeding for Tech, as two Meagan Wilson blocks put the Tigers up by ten, 24-14. A Weiwen Wang kill would put the Tigers up by twelve, 26-14, and a Tatum Ailes ace would give the Tigers their largest lead of the match at 27-14. A Lei Wang ace put the game at match point, 29-16. And it was Meagan Wilson who closed the match out with her 12th, and strongest, kill of the night, giving the Tigers a 30-16 set win and sweep of the Red Raiders.
The Tigers are next in action next Wendesday when they host Texas A&M Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Hearnes Center.
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