Nov. 13, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou volleyball team won its sixth straight match and eighth in its last nine as it swept Texas A&M, 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-14) on Saturday afternoon at the Hearnes Center. The win moves Mizzou's record to 19-8 overall and 11-6 in Big 12 play. The 19 wins are the most by a Tiger team since 2005 and the sixth straight conference wins are the most consecutive by a Tiger team since 2005 as well.
Mizzou 3, Texas A&M 0
|Mellinger (16)||Digs||Vann (17)|
|Sawatzky (25)||Assists||Kreklow (38)|
|Black (9)||Kills||Klein (13)|
|Sawatzky (.533)||Att. %||Brimmage (.615)|
|Miller (7)||Blocks||Ampudia (3)|
"I was very pleased with our team effort tonight," head coach Wayne Kreklow said. "I am the type of coach that always looks for the negatives in a match, and I'll tell you what, I am going to have to dig a little deeper to find them in this match. That is a very good Texas A&M team that we just beat, so I am very proud of our team."
Senior outside hitter Julianna Klein (Keota, Iowa) led Mizzou with 13 kills on .379 hitting and 12 digs for her seventh double-double of the season while classmate Paola Ampudia (Cali, Colombia) posted 11 kills and 11 digs for her 10th double-double of the season. Junior Brittney Brimmage (East St. Louis, Ill.) also posted nine kills on a team-high .615 hitting while freshman Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) followed up her career night against Texas Tech with seven kills on .462 hitting.
Freshman setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) spread the ball around to a variety of targets in the match as seven Tigers tallied a kill in the match. Kreklow spread 38 assists and guided the Tigers to 49 kills on .304 hitting. Kreklow also pitched in a pair of kills in the contest. Mizzou's defense was also very good, especially back row, which pulled in 54 digs as four players finished in double digits. Senior libero Caitlyn Vann (Muncie, Ind.) led the way with 17 while junior defensive specialist Priscilla Armendariz (Blue Springs, Mo.) pulled in 12. Klein and Ampudia each pitched in 11 digs. Mizzou was also aced just once in the match.
The Tiger defense frustrated Texas A&M's Kelsey Black, who came into the match ranked second in the league in kills per set and first in points per set, as she finished with just nine kills on .030 hitting. The Tigers limited the Aggies as a team to just .168 hitting in the match. Mizzou also served tough with three aces while keeping the Aggies out of system all match.
Mizzou opened the first set and ran away from the Aggies late in the frame, winning the first, 25-17. Klein led a Mizzou offensive onslaught in the first with five kills. Ampudia pitched in four while Brimmage added three as Mizzou finished the first with 17 kills on .469 hitting with only two attack errors. Kreklow assisted on 12 of the 17 kills while Armendariz assisted on three.
The Mizzou offense came back to earth a little bit in the second set, but the defense was able to carry the Tigers to a 25-23 set win, taking a 2-0 lead into intermission. The Aggies were called for a rotation violation let in the set to give Mizzou the lead and Klein aced Tori Mellinger for the final point of the set.
The Tiger offense was back to its old tricks in the third as Mizzou hit .385 with 18 kills in the set, sending the Aggies to the locker room with a 25-14 set loss. Klein led Mizzou with five kills in the set while Ampudia and Catie Wilson (Omaha, Neb.) each tallied four in the frame.
Mizzou will return to the road after two straight home matches as it will travel to No. 7 Texas on Wednesday, pitting the Big 12's top two winning streaks against each other. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com.
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