Volleyball Wins Third Straight, Tops UCA

MUTIGERS.COM <i>Brittney Brimmage hit .643 in the win.</i>
Brittney Brimmage hit .643 in the win.

Oct. 17, 2011

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou volleyball team earned its third straight win after topping Central Arkansas, 3-1 (28-26, 25-23, 25-10), on Monday night (Oct. 17) at the Hearnes Center. The win improves the Tigers to 17-7 overall this season and it is their final non-conference match of the regular season. Senior middle hitter Brittney Brimmage (East St. Louis, Ill.) was the Tigers' top offensive performer on Monday with 10 kills on .643 hitting with two blocks.

Aside from Brimmage, reigning Big 12 Player of the Week Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) led the Tigers with 15 total points as she tallied nine kills with a career-best five service aces in the win. She also nearly finished with a double-double as she collected 10 digs in the win. As a team, Mizzou hit .340, led by Brimmage's .643 clip while several other Tigers hit very well on the night. Freshman Whitney Little (Keller, Texas) posted seven kills on 11 attacks, good for a .545 mark while classmate Emily Wilson (Omaha, Neb.) pitched in six kills on .353 hitting.

Sophomore setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) had a nice match as well, spreading 34 assists while tallying two kills, two aces and four total blocks. Defensively, Mizzou totaled 10 blocks in the match, led by seven from Little as she accounted for 11.5 total points in the win. In the back row, senior libero Priscilla Armendariz (Blue Springs, Mo.) led the way with 14 digs while Henning also finished in double-digits with 10.

Mizzou and the Sugar Bears played pretty closely through the first two sets before Mizzou was able to pull away late in each of the two frames. The Tigers hit well through the first two sets at .243 and .312, respectively, but still Central Arkansas hung around due to a stingy back row that kept a lot of rallies alive. But Mizzou found a way to take a 2-0 lead into intermission with 28-26 and 25-23 set wins.

Out of intermission, Mizzou's offense was firing on all cylinders as the Tigers jumped all over the Sugar Bears in the third. In fact, Mizzou hit .520 with 13 kills and no errors in the final frame as the Tigers took the final set, 25-10, clinching the match. Freshman middle hitter Melissa Hartsel (Emporia, Kan.) saw her first career playing time in the third as well.

Mizzou will be back in action on Saturday in Austin, Texas, for a clash with the Longhorns at 5 p.m. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MU_Volleyball.



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