Nov. 20, 2010
WACO, Texas - The Mizzou volleyball team earned its 20th win of the season after sweeping Baylor, 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-22), on Saturday afternoon at the Ferrell Center. Mizzou pulled in 83 digs in the match as five players finished in double-digits, highlighted by a match-high 25 from libero Caitlyn Vann (Muncie, Ind.). Mizzou also saws five attackers finish with at least eight kills, highlighted by 10 from Paola Ampudia (Cali, Colombia).
Mizzou 3, Baylor 0
The win improves Mizzou to 20-9 overall this season and 12-7 in league play. Mizzou has now reached 20 wins overall and 12 conference wins for the first time since 2005. The win also gives Mizzou 11 wins away from home as Saturday's match was Mizzou's final regular season road contest of 2010. Mizzou has one regular season match remaining against Oklahoma at the Hearnes Center on Wednesday
"This was a great team effort tonight," head coach Wayne Kreklow said. "We knew that Baylor had a lot to play for tonight and we came in and really played well. I thought the back row did a nice job of keeping rallies alive and we finished at the net when we had to. Now we need to turn our focus to Oklahoma."
Aside from Ampudia's 10 kills, Mizzou got a great performance from senior Weiwen Wang (Nanjing, China), who came off the bench to post eight kills on 14 errorless swings, good for a .571 clip. Junior Brittney Brimmage (East St. Louis, Ill.) added eight kills as well. The Tiger outside hitters also had a fine match as both Julianna Klein (Keota, Iowa) and Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) posted nine kills in the match. Freshman setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) spread 39 assists on 50 Tigers kills as well.
Defensively, Vann led the way for Mizzou in the back row, pulling in 25 digs. The 25-dig outing was her best since corralling 27 in a sweep of Kansas and marks her 10th 20-dig effort of the season. Ampudia also had a fine match as she finished with a career-best 16 digs, marking her team-leading 11th double-double of the season. Klein added 12 while Kreklow pitched in 13 digs for her 10th double-double of the season. Junior Priscilla Armendariz (Blue Springs, Mo.) pulled in 11 digs as well, giving Mizzou five players with double-digit digs for the fourth time this season.
The Tigers opened the first set on a 5-0 run and salvaged big points on several long rallies to put the Bears on their heels in the first set. Baylor, behind middle hitter Elizabeth Graham, rallied to cut the lead to just one on two occasions, but the Tiger attack led by Henning was too much as Mizzou claimed the first, 25-23. Henning led the way with six kills in the frame while Ampudia added four. Vann posted a set-high 10 digs as well.
Mizzou's attack once again shined in the second led by Wang, who posted five kills on six swings in the frame as it claimed the second, 25-18. Brimmage pitched in four kills as well while Vann pitched in nine digs in the set. Through two sets, Kreklow spread 26 assists as well.
The Tigers came out of the intermission and took control of the set and ultimately claimed the third, 25-22. Mizzou will be back in action on Wednesday (Nov. 24) against Oklahoma in a match that could decide who finishes fourth in the Big 12 this season. The match will also serve as the final home match for the five Tiger seniors. Opening serve will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Hearnes Center. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com.