Sept. 25, 2010
MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Mizzou volleyball team evened its Big 12 record at 2-2 and moved to 10-4 this season after topping Kansas State, 3-1 (25-19, 20-25, 25-14, 25-16), on Saturday (Sept. 25) at Ahearn Fieldhouse. The win for Mizzou is its first in Manhattan since 2006 but it did not come easy as Mizzou and K-State played beyond three sets for the seventh time in the last 10 meetings. Senior outside hitter Julianna Klein (Keota, Iowa) led Mizzou with 14 kills while junior middle hitter Brittney Brimmage (East St. Louis, Ill.) added 12 on .346 hitting.
Mizzou 3, Kansas State 1
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"It is always nice to win on the road, but it was especially nice to get a win at K-State. It had been a while since we had won here," head coach Wayne Kreklow said. "We didn't play particularly well in the first two sets, but we came out very well after the intermission and I was proud of how we rallied after they took the second set."
The story of the match was the service of both teams. The Tigers served extremely tough in the match, totaling eight aces - five off the arm of Klein - while Kansas State gave Mizzou 11 points with 11 service errors. The Tiger serve kept KSU out of system all night long. Also, Mizzou played extremely well after intermission as it hit .409 in the final two sets after hitting just .105 in the first two.
Senior outside hitter Paola Ampudia (Cali, Colombia) posted her second double-double of the year with 12 kills and 12 digs in the win. Senior libero Caitlyn Vann (Muncie, Ind.) also had her finest match of Big 12 play as she pulled in 21 digs in the match, helping limit KSU to .138 hitting. Freshman setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) dealt 48 assists in the match as well, including 17 in the third set.
K-State raced out to a 6-1 lead over the Tigers, but a Kreklow timeout settled the team and Mizzou went on a 12-6 run to take a 13-12 lead. The Wildcats had three service errors during the run, earning pivotal side-outs for the Tigers. After knotting the score at 15, the Wildcats committed their fourth service error of the set, sparking a k-0 Tiger run to give Mizzou a 19-15 lead late in the frame. That was all that the Tigers needed to take the first set, 25-19. They closed the set by scoring 24 of the last 37 points.
Five different Tigers tallied kills in the first set, but Mizzou posted only 10 in the frame. Klein led the way with three kills on 10 swings while Henning pitched in two more on seven errorless attacks. Kreklow dished nine assists in the set and Vann pulled in six digs to highlight the back row, which pulled in 19 digs in the first. Mizzou's defense held K-State to .054 hitting in the first.
Mizzou struggled to find its offense in the second set as it hit just .100 with just 11 kills as the K-State block came to life in the second. In fact, the Wildcats tallied four blocks in the frame and pulled in 17 digs, contributing to the Tigers' poor hitting. K-State hit .233 in the set and won the second, 25-20. Brimmage led Mizzou with four kills in the set.
Following the intermission, K-State and Mizzou played even in the third set trading sideouts until Mizzou built an 11-9 lead off of a right-side attack from Ampudia. Mizzou extended that lead to 15-13 and then Klein posted three-straight kills to extend the Mizzou advantage to five at 18-13. Klein continued to carry Mizzou in the set as she posted eight points in the frame, helping Mizzou claim the third, 25-14. Mizzou scored 10 of the last 11 points to close the set.
Mizzou hit .452 in the third as it finished with 17 kills in the set with just three attack errors. Klein led Mizzou with six kills and two service aces in the set while Kreklow assisted on all 17 of the Tiger kills. Brimmage also shined in the third as she posted three more kills while Ampudia added four more kills. Vann pulled in six digs in the set.
K-State seemed rattled after the dominating third set from Mizzou and was forced to call both of its timeouts before either team reached 10 points in the fourth as Mizzou opened a 9-3 lead. That was all Mizzou needed as it hit .367 in the frame while running to a 25-16 set win to claim the match.
Mizzou will continue its tour of the Sunflower State next Wednesday as it will square off against archrival Kansas on Wednesday (Sept. 29) in Lawrence. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTIgers.com.