Oct. 24, 2009
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Tiger junior Paola Ampudia (Cali, Colombia) posted a school-record 35 kills as the Tiger volleyball team topped archrival Kansas, 3-1 (22-25, 25-21, 25-17, 26-24), on Saturday (Oct. 24) at the Horejsi Family Activity Center. Ampudia and Tigers rallied from down 20-15 in the fourth frame to take the final set, 26-24, stunning the capacity crowd. The win marks the Tigers' first Big 12 road win of the season.
Ampudia becomes one of only two Tigers to hit the 30-kill plateau during the rally scoring error while her 78 attacks in the match are also a school-record, tying the mark set earlier this season by Julianna Klein (Keota, Iowa). Ampudia's 35 kills ties the Big 12 four-set record and is a Big 12 season-high in 2009; she finished the match just five kills shy of the all-time Big 12 mark. Ampudia also hit .282, her fifth-best clip of the season and posted her third career double-double as she added 11 digs. Catie Wilson (Omaha, Neb.) led the Tigers with a .433 clip and added 13 kills.
"It was just a really gutty performance on the road tonight," head coach Wayne Kreklow said. "Paola obviously had a great night, but everyone of the floor stepped up when we needed them. The back row really came up big in the final set and it was really just a full team effort. KU plays great at home and we really earned this one tonight."
Three other Tigers joined Ampudia by posting double-digit dig totals, highlighted by 13 from Priscilla Armendariz (Blue Springs, Mo.). Lei Wang-Francisco (Shanghai, China) also pulled in 10 digs to go along with her season-best 57 assists for her sixth double-double of the season. Caitlyn Vann (Muncie, Ind.) posted 10 digs in the match. Mizzou also out-blocked KU, 10.0-7.0, and outhit the Jayhawks, .241-.204. The win also marks the second time that Mizzou has topped Kansas after dropping the first set this season, giving Mizzou the first points of the M&I Bank Border Showdown.
Ampudia got things started for the Tigers, earning the first two kills of the match, helping the Tigers to an early 4-1 lead over the Jayhawks. Wilson then posted back-to-back kills to extend the lead to 6-2. The Jayhawks cut the lead to 8-7 until Ampudia posted her third kill of the match to give the Tigers back their two-point cushion.
Kansas battled back to tie the score at 10 and an attack error from Rosa Medrano (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) gave KU its first lead of the set at 11-10. KU extended its lead after taking advantage of several Tiger miscues as it took a 14-11 lead, prompting a Mizzou timeout. Kansas took the next point out of the timeout and the teams traded sideouts until an attack error from Ampudia and a Jayhawk ace put KU on top 20-14. That lead was all that KU needed to take the first set, 25-22, despite a late charge from the Tigers.
Ampudia posted a set-high eight kills on .250 hitting while Wilson posted four, combining for 12 of the Tigers' 15 kills in the frame. Ampudia also led Mizzou in the set with four digs and a block. Wang-Francisco passed out 13 assists to anchor the Tiger attack.
Kansas ran out to a 5-3 lead to open the second set, but Mizzou rallied to take the lead at 8-7 after a back-row attack from KU. The Tiger attack came alive from that point, ignited by the play of Wilson and Ampudia, who helped Mizzou build a three-point lead at 13-10. At that point, Wilson had eight kills on 14 errorless attacks while Ampudia posted 12 on .296 hitting.
The Tigers' efficient attack continued out of the timeout as they built a five-point advantage at 16-11. Medrano came to life late in the set, tallying three-straight kills to give Mizzou a 22-15 lead, a lead that was too much for Kansas to overcome as the Tigers bested KU, 25-21. Through two sets, Ampudia and Wilson led the Tiger charge, combining for 26 of Mizzou's 34 kills on .370 hitting. Ampudia led all attackers with 16 kills for the first two sets while Wilson's .588 clip was second to only KU's Brittany Williams through the first two frames. Wilson did not commit an error through the first two sets. Wang-Francisco passed out 14 assists in the second, moving her match total to 29. Mizzou had 89 attacks in the first two sets.
The Tigers took a quick 4-0 lead in the third after two kills from Ampudia, a block from Wilson and Wang-Francisco and a service error from the Jayhawks as Mizzou looked determined to take the decisive third frame. A kill off of an overpass from Armendariz put Kansas on the board, but Ampudia countered immediately with her 19th kill of the match. Weiwen Wang (Nanjing, China), who earned her third-straight start, posted back-to-back kills after a kill from Wilson to extend the Tiger lead to 9-3, forcing KU to use its final timeout of the set.
Out of that timeout, Kansas took four of the next five points but still trailed Mizzou, 10-7. Mizzou countered with a 5-1 run of its own as Kansas struggled to slow the Mizzou attack. Up 15-8, Caitlyn Vann (Muncie, Ind.) - the Tigers' libero - earned her first kill of the season as she sent an overpass back to the Kansas side the Jayhawks watch fall. Medrano added a solo block on the next point as Mizzou seemed to have a firm grasp on the momentum. Despite a small run from the Jayhawks, Mizzou stood tall and claimed the third, 25-17. Ampudia had 25 kills through three sets, a new career-best and just three shy of the Big 12 leading mark this season. Wang-Francisco handed out 15 assists in the third, moving her match total to 42.
The Jayhawks took a 2-0 lead, but Ampudia's 26th kill of the match eventually knotted the score at two in the early part of the fourth set. Kansas built its lead back to 6-3, forcing Mizzou head coach Wayne Kreklow to call a timeout. Ampudia posted her 27th kill of the match out of the timeout and hit the 28-kill mark on the next point, tying the individual Big 12 season high in 2009. She tallied her 29th on the next point to knot the score at six.
A solo block from Amanda Hantouli (Omaha, Neb.) gave Mizzou its first lead of the set at 8-7. The Mizzou block continued to dominate as the Tigers built a 10-8 lead, but KU countered to take a 14-10 lead from there. The teams traded sideouts until a KU kill gave them a 20-15 lead late in the set. But Mizzou had a late run in them as they pulled within one at 22-21, forcing KU to use its final timeout of the set. KU earned a point out of the timeout, but a kill from Ampudia pulled Mizzou within one. The longest rally of the match ensued following that point with KU winning to earn a 24-22 lead. But the Tigers rallied to knot the score at 24 and a block from Wilson gave Mizzou the lead at 25-24 on the next point. Ampudia served an ace on the next point to close out the match, a fitting end for the Tigers.
Mizzou returns to action next Wednesday as they look to `Bust the House' against Kansas State at 6:30 p.m. at the Hearnes Center. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to www.MUTigers.com.