Tigers Return Home to Face Baylor

<i>Brittney Brimmage set career highs in kills, attacks, points and solo blocks at Texas A&M.</i>

Brittney Brimmage set career highs in kills, attacks, points and solo blocks at Texas A&M.

Oct. 14, 2010

Match Info: Mizzou (12-7, 4-5 Big 12) vs. Baylor (10-9, 3-5 Big 12)
Date: Oct. 16
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Columbia, Mo.
Arena: Hearnes Center
Radio: Mizzou All-Access (P: Ross Taylor, C: Lindsey Hunter)
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Internet Streaming: Mizzou All-Access
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What's Inside? - A Quick Look at the Notes
• Mizzou will look to even its Big 12 record at 5-5 through its first 10 matches in league play.
• Mizzou won its eighth match away from Hearnes at Texas A&M on Wednesday. It had only seven in 2010.
• The five-set win at Texas A&M marked only the Tigers' second five-setter in the last 53 matches.
• The win was Mizzou's first when hitting below .200 and its first when being out-killed this season.
• In fact, Mizzou beat Texas A&M despite being out-hit, out-killed, out-dug and out-blocked, statistically.
• Mizzou set season-highs in digs (81) and attacks (206) at Texas A&M.
• For the second-straight match, three players posted double-doubles for the Tigers in the match at A&M.
• Also for the second-straight match, five players finished with at least 10 digs at Texas A&M.
• Mizzou ranks second in Big 12 play in aces per set at 1.18.
Paola Ampudia has 79 kills in her last four matches as she added 16 at Texas A&M.
Molly Kreklow continues to pace the Big 12 in assists per set (11.74) and ranks 10th nationally.
• Kreklow has at least 40 assists in six of her last seven matches and spread a career-best 55 at Texas A&M.
Brittney Brimmage set career-highs in kills (16), attacks (35), points (18.5) and solo blocks (two) at A&M.
• With three sets played on Saturday, Julianna Klein will crack the all-time top 10 in sets played at Mizzou.
• Klein moved from fourth to second at MU in career attacks at A&M. She has 3,875 career attacks.
• Libero Caitlyn Vann tallied a season-best 26 digs in the win at Texas A&M.
Catie Wilson and Weiwen Wang played in their 100th career matches at Texas A&M.

The Opening Serve - What You Need to Know
• Senior outside hitter Paola Ampudia posted 16 kills at Texas A&M on Wednesday and now has 79 kills over her last four matches (19.75 per match and 5.26 per set). She leads the Tigers with 270 kills this season.

Julianna Klein moved into second place all-time at Mizzou in career attacks with her 42 at Texas A&M Wednesday. She now has 3,875 attacks in her career, 606 back of first-place Shen Danru as it appears Klein will end her career second all-time. She also posted her 53rd career solo block at A&M, placing her 10th all-time at Mizzou and with three sets played on Saturday, she will crack the all-time top 10 in sets played as well.

• Freshman setter Molly Kreklow ranks first in the Big 12 in assists per set this season at 11.74. She has dished 40 or more assists in six of the Tigers' last seven matches, including a career-best 55 at A&M on Wednesday.

Brittney Brimmage paced the Tiger offense at Texas A&M as she set career-highs in kills (16), points (18.5) and attacks (35) in the win. She also matched her career-best with two solo blocks in the match

• After not having three players with double-doubles in the same match since Oct. 3, 2007, Mizzou has now done so in two-straight matches after seeing Kreklow, Ampudia and Klein do so in each of the last two contests. Mizzou has also had five players post at least 10 digs in each of the last two matches as well.

Tigers Return Home to Face Baylor
After winning its eighth match away from home this season at Texas A&M on Wednesday, the Mizzou volleyball team will return home to face Baylor at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 16) at the Hearnes Center. Mizzou will look to pull its Big 12 record to 5-5 through the first 10 matches of the conference season against a Baylor team that enters 2010 at 10-9 overall and 3-5 in league play. Mizzou All-Access' Ross Taylor and Lindsey Hunter will have the call live at 6:30.

The Matchup
Mizzou leads the all-time series with Baylor, 15-13, but has lost the last four meetings, including both in 2009. Six of the last eight meetings have gone at least four sets while three of those have gone the distance. Prior to 2008, Mizzou had won 11 of 12 meetings with the Bears, dating back to 2002.

Last Time Out
Mizzou played in just its second five-set match in its last 53 contests as it escaped Texas A&M with a 3-2 win. The Tigers set season-highs in digs (81) and attacks (206) as three players posted double-doubles while five had at least 10 digs. Brittney Brimmage led Mizzou with 16 kills and 18.5 total points, both career-bests, while Paola Ampudia added 16 kills as well. Molly Kreklow set career-highs in assists (55) and digs (16) as well.

She's Heating Up!
With her 16 kills in the Tigers' win at Texas A&M on Wednesday, senior outside hitter Paola Ampudia now has 79 kills in her last four matches, good for 19.75 per match and 5.26 per set. She is now third overall in the Big 12 in kills per set (4.21) and points per set (4.63) during league play and ranks fourth in both of those categories overall. She has hit the 20-kill mark in two of her last four matches and has been over 10 kills in eight straight contests.

Scary Good in October
As mentioned above, Ampudia leads the Tigers and the Big 12 with 79 kills in the month of October. In her career at Mizzou, Ampudia has played in 14 matches in the month of October and is averaging more than 17 kills per match in those contests. Last year, Ampudia posted 159 kills in 10 matches in October as she began a stretch of 16 matches where no Big 12 attacker had more kills than her. She has posted more than 16 kills in eight of those matches and more than 20 in four of those, highlighted by her 35 at Kansas last season.

Double Vision
Ampudia had 16 kills and a career-best 15 digs as she was one of three Tigers to post a double-double at Texas A&M on Wednesday. The match marked the second-straight contest in which the Tigers had three players with double-doubles. Before doing so at the Oklahoma match last Saturday, Mizzou had not seen a match in which three players posted double-doubles since Oct. 3, 2007. The Tigers have now done so in two straight. Julianna Klein (11 kills, 10 digs) and Molly Kreklow (55 assists, 16 digs; both career highs) were the others to post double-doubles at Texas A&M.

Big Night for Brimmage
Heading into the Tigers' contest with Texas A&M, junior middle hitter Brittney Brimmage needed just five kills to match her kill total from her first two seasons combined. All she did on Wednesday was post a career-best 16 kills on .371 hitting to lead the Tigers with a career-best 18.5 points. She also matched her career-best with two solo blocks in the match, making it a memorable night for the Tiger junior. She now has 179 kills this season, 11 more than her previous two seasons combined. Brimmage also ranks fifth in the Big 12 this season with a .334 attack percentage as she continues to be one of the most improved players in the conference this season.

Tiger Back Row Back to Form
Mizzou's back-row defense was a key reason for the win at Texas A&M as it has been playing much better as of late. The Tigers have reset their season-high in digs in each of the last two matches (74 at Oklahoma, 81 at Texas A&M) and have pulled in 155 in their last two matches, their best over any two-match span this season. Mizzou has now seen five players tally double-digit dig totals in each of the last two matches. Mizzou had not seen that happen in the 25-point set era before doing so at Oklahoma last Saturday. It has now done so in two-straight matches.

Digging Deep
Staying on the topic of digs, several Tigers turned in fine performances at Texas A&M, highlighted by libero Caitlyn Vann, who pulled in a season-best 26 digs in the match. Kreklow and Ampudia also set career highs in digs during the contests, corralling 16 and 15, respectively. Priscilla Armendariz and Klein were the other two Tigers to post double-digit dig totals with 10 apiece.

A Statistical Oddity
Mizzou earned its first win in 2010 when hitting below .200 and also earned its first win when being out-killed at Texas A&M on Wednesday. In fact, Mizzou lost the battle in every major statistical category as it had less kills, digs, blocks and aces while being out-hit by the Aggies, .246 to .150. But the end result was a Tiger win in five.

An Ace in the Hole
In Big 12 play, the Tigers rank second in aces per set with 1.18 per frame through the eight matches. Both Julianna Klein and Caitlyn Vann are ranked in the league's top five during Big 12 play as they are averaging 0.32 and 0.29 respectively, to rank second and fifth. Klein also ranks fourth overall among Big 12 players with her 0.29 aces per set in all 18 of the Tigers' contests in 2010.

Where Have All the Five-Setters Gone?
In the Tigers' last 53 matches, they have played in just two five-set matches, both of which came against Texas A&M. But those are the only two for the Tigers in nearly two full seasons. Mizzou is the only team in the Big 12 to play in that few five-set matches during that span and joins Iowa State as the only teams to have played in just one in 2010; every other team has at least two five-set matches just this season.

Success on the Road
After going just 4-7 on the road and 3-3 at neutral sites last year, Mizzou has already seen a drastic improvement in its play away from Hearnes Center this season. Mizzou went 4-1 in neutral site non-conference matches in 2010 and is 4-3 in true road matches this season already, giving the Tigers a 8-4 record away from Hearnes Center in 2010.

A Tough Road at Home
Despite the Tigers fast start away from Hearnes this season, Mizzou has struggled in its home arena in 2010, compiling just a 4-3 overall record. Mizzou won its first eight home matches last season, its best start at home since 2003, making the struggles at home uncharacteristic. In all fairness, the Tigers won their first three at home but have faced three AVCA Top-12 teams in their first four Big 12 home matches this season, explaining why the home record stands at 4-3.

Kreklow Remains On Top
Molly Kreklow passed out a career-best 55 assists in the Tigers' win at Texas A&M on Wednesday as she is now averaging 11.74 assists per set in 2010, a mark that leads the Big 12, just ahead of second-place Alison Landwehr of Iowa State, who is averaging 11.40. Since the start of Big 12 play, Kreklow's numbers have actually increased as she is averaging a Big 12-best 11.76 per set. She has dished more than 40 assists in six of her last seven matches as well.

Aside from her ranking in the Big 12, Kreklow stands at No. 10 nationally and is the second freshman on the list as arguably no freshman in the nation has had a greater impact on their team than Kreklow.

Are You Experienced?
Tiger middle hitters Catie Wilson and Weiwen Wang each played in their 100th match as a Tiger on Wednesday at Texas Tech. The pair joins Julianna Klein and Caitlyn Vann, giving Mizzou four players with at least 100 matches of experience under their belts.

More Records Broken
With 42 attacks on Wednesday at Texas A&M, Julianna Klein moved from fourth at Mizzou in career attacks to second with 3,875. She sits 606 back of Shen Danru, who sits in first all-time, making it highly likely that Klein will stay at second overall. Also, Klein posted two solo blocks at Texas A&M as well, moving her into a tie for ninth place all-time with 53 in her career. Klein also needs to play in just three sets on Saturday to crack the all-time top 10 in sets played at Mizzou.

The Crown "Jules"
Through the first six matches this season Klein posted 46 kills (7.67 per match), which ranked fourth on the team. Since that time, Klein has posted 141 kills (10.84 per match) and pulled in 116 digs with 15 aces. During that span, she has moved from fourth on the team in kills to second. Klein also eclipsed the 100-ace plateau in her career this season, making her only the third player under the direction of Wayne and Susan Kreklow to have more than 1,200 kills, 700 digs and 100 service aces in her career. The other two were Jessica Vander Kooi and Shen Danru. Klein now has 1,308 kills, 749 digs and 108 aces. She also ranks seventh all time with 1,520.5 career points.

Pip's Been Consistent
After possibly her worst match of the season against Virginia Tech when she pulled in just two digs, junior defensive specialist Priscilla Armendariz has been a very steady option for the Tigers in the last nine matches (all Big 12 contests). She has pulled in at least seven digs in each of those nine contests and has hit double-digits in five of those, highlighted by a season-best 12 at Oklahoma last Saturday. She has 86 digs in her last nine matches and is averaging 2.53 per set, the second-best mark on the team in that span.

Armendariz has also boasted a .976 serve receive percentage with just two errors on 82 chances in those matches. In fact, the Tiger junior was perfect on 18 attempts at Texas A&M on Wednesday and is perfect in her last six matches on 55 total chances. She has also tallied eight of her 11 service aces on the season in that span.

Winning, it's as simple as...
...Holding your opponents to under .200 hitting. Mizzou is 6-1 when limiting its opponents to below .200 hitting, but Mizzou is just 6-6 when opponents hit better than .200. The Tigers are 1-5 this season when allowing teams to hit above .300 as well. The Tigers suffered their first loss of the season when limiting a team to under .200 hitting last Saturday at Oklahoma. However, Mizzou did rebound to earn its first win when being held to under .200 hitting at Texas A&M on Wednesday.

Scouting Baylor
The Bears come into the match at 10-9 overall and 3-5 in Big 12 play. Baylor is 2-2 in its last four matches, losing to Kansas and Oklahoma while topping Colorado and Texas A&M. The Bears are hitting .225 on the season and are led by middle hitter Torri Campbell, who is hitting .297 in 2010 with 195 kills, which are second-best on the team.

Outside hitter Ashlie Christenson leads the team with 225 kills this season but is hitting just .194. The impressive part of Baylor's game is its back row defense as it is anchored by libero Caitlyn Trice, who leads the Big 12 with 5.37 digs per set in 2010. She is a big reason why Baylor sits atop the league standings with 18.92 digs per set. Tiger fans will also see a familiar face at Hearnes on Saturday as former back-up setter Kate Harris is now setting for the Bears. She is averaging 6.19 assists per set in 2010 as she splits time with Brittany Ridenour.

Continuing to Set the Table
A three-time Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, freshman Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) has been a big reason for the Tigers' fast start in 2010. In fact, she ranks first in the Big 12 in assists per set this season at 11.74. She has anchored an offense that features four hitters with at least 100 kills on the year. She has assisted on 785 of the Tigers' 935 kills (83.9-percent) and has the Tigers hitting .236 on the season. She also ranks third on the team in digs with 158 total and leads the team with five double-doubles in 2010 as well. Kreklow has done this with one hand in a splint after dislocating her pinkie in preseason camp. She served overhand for the first time at Western Kentucky and tallied six aces. She blocked with two hands for the first time at Texas Tech as well. She has taken home Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors three times this season, more than any other player in the Big 12.

Kreklow Cracks Century Mark
Mizzou head coach Wayne Kreklow, currently in his sixth season at the helm of the program, tallied his 100th win as the Tiger head coach at Texas Tech. He is now 103-69 in his time as the head coach of the program while Wayne and Susan Kreklow - now in their 11th season at Mizzou - are a combined 212-115 at Mizzou. Coincidentally, their 200th career win at Mizzou came in Lubbock last season.

Another Milestone
Senior libero Caitlyn Vann (Muncie, Ind.) also set a milestone of her own. Her start at libero against Texas Tech was her 100th consecutive start, dating back to the 2008 season. She has started every match since 2008 and also started 27 of 30 matches in her freshman season, playing behind former Big 12 Libero of the Year Tatum Ailes that season.

Vann Takes Her Spot in Record Book
Senior libero Caitlyn Vann has already earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors and been named to the Tiger Invitational All-Tournament team, but it is her total number of digs that this season that has her climbing the record books. With 289 digs this season, she has moved her career total to 1,649, trailing only former Tiger Tatum Ailes for first all-time. Ailes played all four of her years in the 30-point scoring era while Vann has played in 25-point sets since 2008. Had she played in 30-point sets, we could be looking at Mizzou's all-time career digs leader.

Another Fab Frosh
Molly Kreklow isn't the only Tiger freshman who is putting together a fine first season in Black and Gold. Classmate Lisa Henning is turning heads with her powerful arm as she has 146 kills on the season - fourth-best on the team. After the first weekend of play, she became the first true freshman to lead the Tigers in kills during each of her first two matches during the rally scoring era with her 12 against Maryland and 13 on .444 hitting against Nevada. She is also the only athlete to do so under the direction of Wayne and Susan Kreklow at Mizzou.

A Clean Sweep
After its fine performance in Malibu at the Pepperdine Asics Challenge, the Mizzou volleyball team swept the Big 12 Weekly awards last week, marking only the second time in league history that one school has swept all three awards in the same week. Paola Ampudia was named Big 12 Player of the Week for the second time in her career after leading the team with 50 kills on .261 hitting. She paced Mizzou in kills in all three matches and posted a season-best 19 in the Tigers' four-set win over Pepperdine. Molly Kreklow was named Big 12 Rookie of the Week after anchoring the league's top offense. She averaged 13.60 assists per set and notched a new career-best with her 52 against Pepperdine. She also passed out 47 against Rice, a Mizzou record for assists in a three-set match during the 25-point era. Caitlyn Vann claimed her fourth Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honor after pacing the league in digs at 6.20 per set. She had 18 or more digs in each of the three matches, including a season-best 25 against Pepperdine.

Support From Tiger Nation
After the first 18 matches of the season, Mizzou currently ranks 15th nationally in average attendance after averaging 1,989 fans per match. A season-high 2,558 fans watched the Tigers face No. 3 Nebraska last Wednesday. In fact, few schools have ranked as highly as Mizzou in average attendance since 2000. In each season since the Kreklows took over, Mizzou has ranked in at least the top 20 in average attendance. Those numbers should see an increase on Wednesday as fans always pack the house when Nebraska comes to town. In fact, Mizzou set its program attendance record against Nebraska back in 2005 when 7,298 fans packed into the Hearnes Center.

Kreklow Earns Preseason Big 12 Freshman of the Year
Freshman setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) brought with her plenty of accolades when she arrived on campus in January, but she added another in the preseason as the Big 12 coaches named Kreklow the Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year. Expected to take over the starting setting role this season, Kreklow is a two-time AAU All-American, an AVCA/Under Armour All-American and a three-time AAU National Champion with Mizuno Northern Lights. What is impressive about her nod is that a pair of Texas signees - Ashley Bannister (No. 12) and Hannah Allison (No. 9) - ranked ahead of Kreklow (No. 20) on the PrepVolleyball.com Senior Aces list.

2010 Freshman Class Earns Praise
Despite having five seniors and two juniors on the 2010 roster, the Mizzou volleyball program will have plenty of fresh faces on the floor in 2010. Aside from Kreklow, who comes to Mizzou as the No. 20 overall prospect in the nation, the Tigers add Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.), Paige Buchanan (Manchester, Mo.) and Ashton Bodenstab (Blue Springs, Mo.). Henning is the No. 50 overall national recruit and will likely make an immediate impact at the outside hitter position. Buchanan and Bodenstab will also bolster the back row as both are defensive specialists. The four freshmen comprised the No. 14 overall recruiting class according the PrepVolleyball.com. The only Big 12 team to rank ahead of Mizzou in the PrepVolleyball.com rankings was Texas.

Klein Plays in Brazil
Senior outside hitter Julianna Klein (Keota, Iowa) spent 10 days of her summer playing with the Bring-It Promotions/USA Developmental Volleyball tour in Brazil. She, along with 11 of the top collegiate players in the nation, played against some of Brazil's top national teams while taking in the sights that the country has to offer. The program helps line up professional careers for volleyball players after college by providing international experience. It also serves as a pipeline for USA Volleyball and all of those who may be interested in playing for Team USA after college.

Kreklow Sets for Junior National Team
Klein wasn't the only Tiger to spend a portion of her summer south of the American border. Kreklow spent a week in Tijuana, Mexico, as a member of the USA Volleyball Junior National Team at the NORCECA Continental Championships. Kreklow was the team's starting setter and helped Team USA to a perfect 5-0 record while starting four of the five matches. She also dished out a team-high 61 assists in the tournament. The spot on the Junior National Team was her second stint with USA Volleyball as she also set for the Youth National Team last summer.

Henning Guides Club to Junior Nationals
Freshman Lisa Henning led her KC Extreme Club Team to a Junior Olympic Northeast Qualifier title after winning 10 matches in Baltimore, Md. The title secured her club a spot in the Junior National Championships. Henning was KC Extreme's go-to player throughout the tournament as her play was paramount in guiding the team to a National Championship berth. What was even more impressive is that the team had already secured a bid to the tournament, but battled back to beat a very talented Encinitas Wave - a club team based out of San Diego, Calif. - to earn the tournament title. The Wave, led by UCLA signee Kelly Reeves, claimed the first set in the match, but Henning and KC Extreme won each of the final two sets to win top honors at the tournament.

Vann Tries Out for US National Team
Caitlyn Vann recently tried out for the USA Volleyball National Team in Colorado Springs, Colo., and participated with some of the nation's elite talent.

"I thought it would be a good opportunity and I wanted to see where I stood nationally for my position. And it's good for networking I'm looking to go pro after college and it's already really difficult for my position, so knowing the national team coach and talking to all the different coaches is good networking."

Bodenstab Makes the Transition
Last season, freshman Ashton Bodenstab (Blue Springs, Mo.) competed with the Mizzou track and field program before making the transition to volleyball this season. Bodenstab was training in the combined events under Mizzou assistant coach Dan Lefever. But she specialized in volleyball during high school and when the opportunity presented itself to walk onto Mizzou's team, she did just that. She was an All-State, All-District and All-Area selection in 2008 before coming to Mizzou in 2009.

Volleyball - Tiger Cup Winners
After spending countless hours in the community last season, the Mizzou volleyball team was awarded the Tiger Cup Trophy. The Tiger Cup recognizes the Mizzou team that earned the most overall points in the team competition. Points were awarded for achievement in academics, athletics and for community involvement. Awarded a prize of $3,000, the volleyball players stayed true to their commitment to the community and immediately donated their entire prize to the Mid-Missouri Susan G. Komen Foundation, which raises funds for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Undisputed Success
In the 10 seasons that Wayne and Susan Kreklow have been at the helm of the Mizzou program, the Tigers have seen an unprecedented level of success. In fact, Mizzou has qualified for the NCAA Tournament in eight of the past 10 seasons, making them one of only 16 teams nationally to accomplish that feat. The Kreklows won their 200th game at Mizzou last season after defeating Texas Tech, 3-0, in Lubbock. That is good for an average of 20 wins per season, a bench mark that usually results in a berth to the NCAA Tournament.

Follow Mizzou on Twitter
Mizzou volleyball has started its own Twitter page. Be sure to follow the Tigers all season long at http://twitter.com/MU_Volleyball. Check back all season for updates, video and pictures. Also, be sure to follow Mizzou Athletics' official twitter account at http://twitter.com/mutigersdotcom as it will also be updated with volleyball related content.

Tiger Volleyball on the Radio
The Mizzou volleyball team will have each of its home and its Big 12 road matches live on the radio at MUTigers.com all season long. At home, the live broadcasts will be streamed with live video on Mizzou All-Access. Ross Taylor of Mizzou All-Access will serve as the voice of the Tigers while former Tiger All-American setter Lindsey Hunter will provide play-by-play.

Up Next
Mizzou has a bye next Wednesday - its first of Big 12 play - before opening the second half of its conference slate at Nebraska on Oct. 23. The match time is to be determined. Mizzou All-Access will have the call of the match live from Lincoln in what will be the Tigers' and Huskers' final meeting as members of the Big 12.



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