Nov. 18, 2009
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Mizzou volleyball team earned its third-straight win after topping Texas Tech, 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-22), at the United Spirit Arena on Wednesday (Nov. 18). The win marks the first time this season that Mizzou has won three straight Big 12 matches and improves Mizzou to 18-11 overall and 9-8 in Big 12 play. Mizzou is now better than .500 in Big 12 play for the first time since Oct. 10. The Tigers are also seven matches over .500 for the first time this season.
"Any time you can win on the road is big," head coach Wayne Kreklow said. "I thought that Texas Tech played pretty well and we were a little out of rhythm all night. But we did a good job of working through that and we really made plays when we needed too."
The win also gives Team Kreklow (Wayne and Susan together) its 200th win at Mizzou. The win is Wanye Kreklow's 91st win in five seasons at the helm while Susan Kreklow posted 109 wins as the head coach of Mizzou from 2000-04.
"Obviously we are very happy about that, but it really just shows how lucky we have been during our 10 years here," Kreklow commented. "It shows that we have had a lot of good kids and, more importantly, quality kids come through here and help us get to this point."
Julianna Klein (Keota, Iowa) continued her fine play as of late with nine kills on .348 hitting while Paola Ampudia (Cali, Colombia) led Mizzou with 17 kills in the match. The Tigers hit .245 led by middle hitter Catie Wilson (Omaha, Neb.) who finished with a .600 clip.
Mizzou opened the match by taking the first two points from the Raiders, including a service ace from Tiger defensive specialist Priscilla Armendariz (Blue Springs, Mo.). That two point lead would stand for the Tigers as neither team sustained any momentum until late in the set when Mizzou opened a four-point lead at 22-18, due in large part to Klein who had three kills on eight errorless attacks at that point. Tech cut the lead after a kill and an ace to just one at 23-22, but a block from Ampudia and Wiewen Wang (Nanjing, China) ended the Tech run and gave Mizzou set point at 24-22. A Red Raider attack error on the next rally gave Mizzou the first set, 25-22.
Mizzou hit .250 in the set and posted 13 kills, highlighted by three apiece from Klein and Brittney Brimmage
(East St. Louis, Ill.), who did so on a combined 14 errorless attacks. Catie Wilson
(Omaha, Neb.) also added a pair of kills on four errorless attacks. Mizzou pulled in 18 digs as a team in the first, seven of which came from Caitlyn Vann
(Muncie, Ind.) who moved into sixth-place on the Mizzou single season dig list in the first set with 422 on the season.
Mizzou opened a quick 3-0 lead over the Raiders in the second, but it didn't last as Tech knotted the score at six. Texas Tech opened a slight one-point lead until a service error from Tech knotted the score back at 12. Tech took at 15-13 lead into the media timeout, but after a kill from Wilson and two straight blocks, Mizzou regained the lead at 16-15, its first since 7-6. Mizzou extended that lead to 20-17 after an ace from Wilson and Mizzou - due to an efficient attack that committed only two errors in the frame - took the first set, 25-20.
Klein continued her fine play, posting four kills in the set while Ampudia led Mizzou with five kills in the set. Mizzou hit .353 in the set as it posted 14 kills with only two errors on 34 attacks. Wilson led Mizzou with a .625 clip through two sets with five kills.
Tech came out of intermission and built a 5-2 lead until a service error and a service ace from Lei Wang-Francisco (Shanghai, China) pulled Mizzou to within one at 5-4. Mizzou rallied to tie the score at 10 after a kill from Wang, but she sent a serve into the net on the next point to give the Raiders back the lead at 11-10. Tech carried that lead into the timeout as it led, 15-14.
Put of the timeout, Wang knotted the score at 15 with a kill from the middle and an attack error gave Mizzou the lead at 16-15 as Wilson and Wang's threat of a block on the play kept the Raiders timid. Ampudia and the Tigers took over from there as they closed out the set, 25-22, despite a late charge from the Raiders.
Mizzou returns home for a crucial showdown with No. 8 Iowa State on Saturday, which is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start following the Mizzou-Iowa State football game. Admission to the match is free as the Tigers look for a win that will vastly improve their NCAA Tournament chances.