Oct. 9, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. - The Mizzou volleyball team dropped to 11-7 and 3-5 in Big 12 play after dropping a close four-set match to Oklahoma, 3-1 (19-25, 27-25, 19-25, 30-32), on Saturday night at McCasland Fieldhouse. Senior outside hitter Paola Ampudia (Cali, Colombia) led Mizzou with 29 kills, a Big 12 four-set high this season, on .286 hitting. Her 29 kills are the most by a Tiger this season. Mizzou also got strong defensive play as five Tigers finished with double-digit dig totals, highlighted by 21 from senior libero Caitlyn Vann (Muncie, Ind.).
Mizzou 1,Oklahoma 3
Freshman setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) tallied her team-leading fifth double-double with 49 assists and 13 digs while Ampudia and Klein also posted double-doubles. Ampudia corralled 11 digs to go along with her 29 kills while Klein tallied 11 kills while pulling in 13 digs. Mizzou also posted 13 blocks in the match, a season-high. Junior middle Brittney Brimmage (East St. Louis, Mo.) led the Tigers eight.
The story of the match was the Tigers' errors as they committed 36 attack errors, six block errors, five service errors, five reception errors and a ball handling error, giving them 53 in the match. The contest included 36 ties and 17 lead changes.
The Tigers struggled to find a rhythm in the first set as they hit just .083 and fell 25-19. Mizzou slowed the Sooners and limited them to just 12 kills, but 16 errors in the set proved to be the undoing of the Tigers. Ampudia led Mizzou in the first with six kills on .273 hitting. Mizzou also posted three blocks in the set, well above its season average.
Ampudia put the Tigers on her back in the second set as she posted 10 kills on .240 hitting to help the Tigers overcome a few tough calls late in the set. In fact, the Tigers won the second, 29-27, the longest set of the season for the Tigers. Kreklow also spread 14 assists in the frame while Vann pulled in eight digs as the Tigers and Sooners entered intermission tied at one set apiece.
Mizzou came out flat in the third and dropped the frame despite a late rally, 25-19. Mizzou rebounded and opened up a 16-9 lead in the fourth, but it could not maintain that lead as Oklahoma rallied to take the set, 32-30. The match was the Tigers' longest four-setter of the season.
The Tigers will return to action next Wednesday as they travel to Texas A&M for another crucial Big 12 showdown with the Aggies. Mizzou All-access will have the call from the match, which is slated for a 6:30 start.