Catie Wilson hit .733, the ninth-best hitting percentage in program history.
Oct. 7, 2009
By: Ryan Schmitz, Mizzou Media Relations Student Assistant
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou volleyball team returned to the friendly confines of the Hearnes Center Wednesday night (Oct. 7) and defeated Colorado, 3-1 (25-15, 25-14, 25-27, 25-18), thanks to strong individual efforts from Catie Wilson (Omaha, Neb.), Caitlyn Vann (Muncie, Ind.) and Julianna Klein (Keota, Iowa). With the win, the Tigers improve to 11-6 overall and 3-3 in league play. Mizzou won its seventh consecutive home match to begin the season, its best start at Hearnes since 2003, when the Tigers won their first eight matches in Columbia.
Wilson posted 12 kills on .733 hitting - the ninth-best hitting percentage in a single match in program history - while Klein and Paola Ampudia (Cali, Colombia) each added 14 kills to lead the Tigers. Klein also posted an individual Big 12-high with eight service aces. Those eight aces tie for third all-time at Mizzou in a single match and is the first time that a player has hit the eight-ace mark sine 1990.
Vann rounded out the top performers for the Tigers on the evening as she posted 23 digs in the match to crack the all-time top five with 1,149, tying her for fifth-place all time. Vann now has 126 digs in Big 12 play, averaging 5.48 per set.
"I thought we played well for the most part, we had a little stumble in the third set," head coach Wayne Kreklow said. "It was good to get another win at home and I thought that we had some players really step up throughout the match."
Mizzou jumped out to a fast start in the first set, breaking a 2-2 tie with seven straight points, including three aces off of the arm of Klein. Colorado came back within three at 12-9, but the Tigers outscored the Buffaloes 13-6 from there to close out the frame. Wilson led Mizzou with four kills in the opening set while Klein added three kills and five of her eight service aces.
The Tigers opened the second frame on a 10-3 run. Mizzou eventually extended its lead to 11 on set point, punctuated by a kill from Ampudia. Klein led Mizzou with six kills and two service aces in the frame, while Ampudia pitched in four kills.
Mizzou started the third set on a 10-5 run, and extended their lead to eight after a timeout. The Tigers were not able to maintain their advantage, as Colorado eventually took a one-point lead at 23-24. Mizzou then saved two set points before the Buffaloes converted to win the frame. Ampudia, senior middle blocker Amanda Hantouli (Omaha, Neb.) and sophomore Brittney Brimmage (East St. Louis, Ill.) each had three kills in the set to lead the Tigers, and Ampudia added a service ace.
To regain momentum, the Tigers opened the final set on a 14-5 run. Colorado won five of the next seven points, but Mizzou outscored the Buffaloes 9-8 the rest of the way to finish the match. Wilson had six kills in the set while Ampudia added five.
The Tigers return to the court Saturday (Oct. 10), when they host Texas Tech at 6:30 p.m. in the Hearnes Center. For the latest updates on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com.
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