Tigers Escape A&M with Five-Set Win



Oct. 13, 2010

Box Score

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Mizzou volleyball team won its eighth match away from home as it topped Texas A&M, 3-2 (25-23, 20-25, 25-23, 11-25, 15-9), on Wednesday (Oct. 13) at Reed Arena. The match was only the Tigers' second five-set match in the last 53 contests and coincidentally, the Tigers' last five-set match came against Texas A&M last season. Junior middle hitter Brittney Brimmage (East St. Louis, Ill.) led Mizzou with 16 kills on a team-best .371 hitting. Paola Ampudia (Cali, Colombia) also added 16 kills for her eighth-straight match with more than 10 kills.

Mizzou 3, Texas A&M 2
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  1 2 3 4 5 F
MIZZOU 25 20 25 11 15 3
TEXAS A&M 23 25 23 25 9 2
Stat Leaders
Vann (26) Digs Mellinger (34)
Kreklow (55) Assists Sawatzky (50)
Two Players (16) Kills Black (20)
Brimmage (.371) Att. % Sawatzky (.500)
Two Players (3) Blocks Miller(8)

Like in Saturday's match at Oklahoma, three Tigers posted double-doubles, led by Ampudia as she had 15 digs to go along with her 16 kills. Freshman setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) posted 55 assists while collecting 16 digs, both career-bests. Julianna Klein (Keota, Iowa) was the other double-double for the Tigers as she posted 11 kills and 10 digs. For the second-straight match, five Tigers finished with double-digit dig totals as well, highlighted by libero Cailtyn Vann (Muncie, Ind.), who pulled in a season-best 26 digs. Junior Priscilla Armendariz (Blue Springs, Mo.) added 10 more as well.

The win for the Tigers is their eighth away from home this season, more than the seven that they won away from Hearnes all of last season. Mizzou improves to 12-7 and 4-5 and Big 12 play with the five-set win. Mizzou has played just two five-set matches in its last 53 contests but has won both. Mizzou also set season-highs in total attacks (206) and digs (81) in the match, which was its first five-setter of 2010.

Mizzou struggled with its attack in the first set, but its defense was good enough to keep it within striking range. The Tigers trailed 19-16, but a timeout from Kreklow rallied the troops as the block came to life and helped the Tigers tie the set at 19. Mizzou then gained its first lead of the set at 23-22 on a kill from Ampudia. Mizzou completed the comeback by winning two of the final three points to take the first, 25-23.

Ampudia led all attackers with five kills in the set and helped the Tigers overcome 25 first-set digs from the Aggies. Neither team had a high hitting percentage in the first as Mizzou hit just .083, but the Tiger block held the Aggies to .026 hitting. Brimmage and Klein led Mizzou with two blocks apiece in the first.

After a great comeback effort in the first, Mizzou fell behind early in the second and trailed 17-11, but it rallied to cut the lead to 19-16 late in the set. But that was as close as the Tigers would get as they had no answer for Aggies left side hitter Kelsey Black as she tallied seven kills in the set, most of which came as the Tigers were trying to rally. The Aggies hit .349 in the second as they coasted to a set win, 25-20. Brimmage led Mizzou with four kills in the set.

The Mizzou offense came to life in the third set and ran out to an 18-11 lead before Texas A&M rallied to cut the lead to one at 22-21. But the Tigers turned to Brimmage late in the set as she rallied the Tigers to a 25-23 set win, giving them a 2-1 lead in the match. Klein and Brimmage led Mizzou in the third as they combined for 11 kills with no errors on 21 attacks, good for a .523 clip. Kreklow paced Mizzou with 19 assists on 20 kills in the set.

Texas A&M carried its momentum from its third-set rally into the fourth as it jumped out to a quick lead and never looked back as it took the fourth, 25-11. The 11 points by the Tigers were the lowest in the set by the Tigers in 2010 as they headed to only their second five-set match in the last 53. Coincidentally, the Tigers' last five-set match was against the Aggies as Mizzou topped them in five at Hearnes Center last season.

The Tigers and Aggies traded points until the 3-3 mark when Black went back to serve for A&M. Her first serve resulted in an overpass from the Tigers and a quick Aggie kill and her second serve was an ace, giving Texas A&M a 5-3 lead early in the frame. The Tigers tallied a huge sideout on the next point and rallied to tie the score at five. Mizzou gained a 7-6 lead on a solo block from Ampudia and ran out to a 9-6 lead after a kill from Brimmage.

The Aggies rallied to cut the score to 10-9, two straight points from Ampudia (one kill and one service ace) put the Tigers back up by three at 12-9. Mizzou rode Brimmage from there and won the set, 15-9.

Mizzou will return to the Hearnes Center on Saturday as it hosts Baylor in a 6:30 match. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com.



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