Nov. 24, 2007
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COLUMBIA, Mo. -
The Missouri volleyball squad (17-12, 10-10 Big 12) topped off the regular season Saturday in defeating Colorado (6-22, 1-19 Big 12), 30-20, 30-23, 30-22, in front of 1,512 fans on Senior Day. In their regular-season finales, senior Na Yang marked a double-double with 10 kills and a match-high 15 digs. Senior libero Tatum Ailes notched 11 digs on the day. Mizzou will find out its post-season fate Sunday.
But, it was a Tiger frosh that made the big headlines on the day. Weiwen Wang (Nanjing, China) tied her own school record which she set at Colorado on October 3 by accumulating 19 kills without an error, tallying a carrer-best .704 hitting percentage in using on 27 attacks. Wang also added a team-best nine blocks.
As a result of the Tiger win, Mizzou will place no worse than sixth in the Big 12 Conference, matching their standing from 2006. However, if Iowa State loses to Oklahoma later tonight, Mizzou will move into a tie for fifth with the Cyclones. Texas A&M can join the frey with a 10-10 record with a win over Baylor later this evening.
The Tigers as a team hit an efficient .353 as a team, hitting as high as .405 in the clinching-third game. Lei Wang scored a double-double in quarterbacking the team with 27 assists, adding 10 kills, seven digs and an ace.
Freshman Caitlyn Vann notched 12 digs and added an ace. Amanda Hantouli had nine kills on a .375 hitting strike.
The Tigers started quickly after the Senior Day ceremonies, using a 5-1 run to move ahead 11-8. A service run by Vann added five-straight points to the Tiger cause as Mizzou took a 25-18 lead. A kill by Yang ended the frame for the Tigers.
Mizzou used eight blocks in game two, coming back from a 19-17 deficit to take the stanza 30-23. At 20-20, Lei Wang served eight-straight points to spread the lead to 27-20. The Tigers then proved to much for Colorado, ending the frame on a block.
The Tigers zoomed to a 17-9 lead in game three, and didn't look back, using service runs by Ailes and Lei Wang to take the set 30-22.
Missouri will found out its NCAA-Tournament fate Sunday night at 7 p.m., as ESPNU will air the NCAA Selection Show live. Tournament play can start as early as next Thursday.