Nov. 17, 2008
COLUMBIA, Mo. —Three have signed National Letters of Intent to play volleyball at the University of Missouri next fall. Paola Ampudia, a 6-1, right-side hitter from Cali, Columbia; Kate Harris, a 5-9 setter from Lee’s Summit; and, Lindsey Petrick, a 6-2 middle hitter from Overland Park, Kan., will join the Tiger squad for the 2009 campaign.
“I am impressed by this class, not only with their playing ability, but also their great attitudes,” said Head Coach Wayne Kreklow. “All three have great personalities and are great students. They have the right attitudes needed to play at this new level.”
Paola Ampudia (6-1, OH/RS, Cali, Columbia, Bachillerato HS/Miami Dade College)
Paola Ampudia will join Mizzou from Miami Dade College, where in 2007 she was named the NJCAA National Player of the Year after ranking in the NJCAA national top 10 in hitting efficiency and kills per set. Miami Dade College was the NJCAA National Runner-Up in 2007.
“Paola, with her high-level skill and size, will bring a lot to our offense next year,” said Kreklow. “It will be beneficial to add that other outside swing to our play, and Paola will be one to do that.”
In November 2007, Ampudia was featured in Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd … http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/scorecard/faces/2007/11/19/
Kate Harris (S, 5-9, Lee’s Summit, Mo., Lee’s Summit West HS)
Kate Harris, coming from Lee’s Summit, Mo., will come to Mizzou as a setter. Harris led the Lee’s Summit West Titans to a MSHSAA Class 4 Championship in 2007 and to runner-up honors in 2008. Harris has been named first-team All-State for the past two seasons and she was named one of the top 25 “Senior Aces” by PrepVolleyball.com.
PrepVolleyball.com has this to say about Harris: “A dynamic and athletic setter who can do it all, Harris does some of her best work above the net. She can get her hands on almost any pass that is still in the playable area and turn them into perfect sets for her hitters. […] She is a game changer. She helped her high school team to a state championship [in 2007], where she recorded a triple-double: 10 kills,  assists, and 18 digs [to go along with four blocks].”
“Kate is a dynamic athlete,” said Kreklow. “She does a great job of running a fast offense, which will fit perfectly into our system here at MU. She’s a great competitor, and enjoys the training aspect of volleyball. She runs a team well. On the floor, you can see here leadership abilities really take hold as she has a fantastic feel for the game.”
Lindsey Petrick (MH, 6-2, Overland Park, Kan., Blue Valley HS)
Petrick is another that will join the Tiger squad from the Kansas City area. Petrick was an All-State pick in the state of Kansas in 2007.
PrepVolleyball.com ranked Petrick in the national top-60 in its Senior Aces list, citing “Petrick led the Eastern Kansas League in blocks in 2007, and that makes sense. She is a terror at the net, where her quick feet and great leaping ability (9-9 block touch and 10-2 approach) make her a shut down defender at the net. Petrick’s jump also gives her at high contact point, which allows for sharp angles on her attack.”
“I think Lindsey has a ton of potential,” said Kreklow. “She has quick feet and is fast, and with her good size, it shows us that she has great potential of being a very good middle. With her speed and agility, she has the likelihood of being a better attacker than blocker.”