Junior Jessica Vander Kooi
Nov. 18, 2005
The match is one of three events to occur Sunday in the
The Longhorns enter the contest having won 15-of-their-last-16 matches, losing only at No. 1 Nebraska during the stretch. Within the stretch,
Sophomore middle-blocker Leticia Armstrong, who is fifth in the Big 12 in hitting (.389), and sixth in kills per game (3.84) and blocks per game (1.44), has missed the last two matches. Setter Michelle Moriarty is among the Big 12 elite, averaging 13.35 assists per game. Dariam Acevedo is a strong hitting threat, having averaged 3.81 kills per game this season.
Watch, Listen, Cheer: TV, Radio, and the Web
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Texas leads the all-time series 11-8 ... Mizzou holds a slight, 5-4 advantage over Texas in Columbia ... In the Kreklow era (since 2000), Mizzou has went 8-3 against the Longhorns ... Texas has won 3-of-the-last-4 meetings, but the teams have split the season series in the each of the past three years
Last Time Out ... Tigers Nearly Pop No. 1 Huskers' Undefeated Season
Junior Jessica Vander Kooi scored a tied career-high 23 kills, also a team-season high, having 22 digs as well, but was not enough to stop the No.1 Huskers.
The No. 12 Missouri women's volleyball team nearly pulled off one of the largest upsets in the 2005 season, falling to No. 1 Nebraska in five games after winning the first two, 30-28, 30-27, 21-30, 24-30, 3-15. The Tigers (19-4, 13-4 Big 12) went up in the match 2-0, marking the first time the Tigers were ever faced with possibly sweeping the Huskers. The only unbeaten team left in the country, the No. 1 Huskers (25-0, 16-0) won their 49th-consectuive regular season match and their 31st-straight at home in front of 4,158 fans in
Junior Jessica Vander Kooi joined the 20-20 club for only the second time in her career, scoring a tied-career high 23 kills (UC-Irvine, NCAA First Round, 2003) adding a season-high 22 digs.
Senior Lindsey Hunter spread 58 assists and added 12 digs to record her ninth double-double of the season. Four Tigers were in double-digits in kills with Nicole Wilson adding 12, Na Yang grabbing 11, and Lisa Boyd scoring on 10 kills. In addition,
It was most definitely a tale of two halves. Mizzou shocked
In ironic fashion, Nebraska took hold of the remainder of the match, coming back to win the next three games, just as Mizzou had done to them in Lincoln two years ago.
The Tigers win game one was
In game one, the Huskers jumped on the board with two-consecutive kills, but the Tigers responded. Off the serve of Lindsey Hunter, the Tigers scored on six-straight points to go up 6-2. After much back-and-forth scoring, the Tigers led 15-12 at the media timeout. Mizzou's Vander Kooi and Wilson teamed up with consecutive-blocking points to lead by five at 17-12, all part of a 5-1 MU run that gave the Tigers a 19-13 advantage before a Nebraska timeout.
In the first frame, Mizzou hit a solid .333 in the frame, connecting on 19 kills, committing only four hitting errors. Vander Kooi recorded eight of the kills, also scoring on the Tigers only block of the frame. Conversely, the Tigers held the national-blocking leader,
The second verse started with good passing by the Tigers and bad hitting by the Huskers, leading to a 10-7 Tiger advantage after a four-point Tiger run to force a Nebraska timeout. Mizzou continued the order, scoring three on the next four rallies to string a 7-1 run, going up five at 13-8. In the run,
At the 19-17 mark, with Mizzou having the lead, the Tigers went on another four-point tear, to spread the lead to six at 23-17. After a two-point swing by Nebraska, the Tigers went up seven to 26-19 after a Hunter dump kill, a double-block by Yang and Wilson, and a Hunter service ace.
Vander Kooi dominated the first two frames, adding seven more kills to lead into the break with a double-double of 15 kills and 11 digs. Lisa Boyd scored four kills in the stanza,
The third frame opened with a 4-0 Tiger run, containing three kills, all by different Tigers, and a double-block by Hunter and Wilson. The Huskers took the game by the jugular at after that point, grabbing a 9-3 run on stellar hitting and great serving, to force a Mizzou timeout. After a Vander Kooi kill and ace, Mizzou tied the score at 9-9.
At that 19-13 point,
In game four, Mizzou once again led, 6-1, but
In the fifth game, the Tigers started with a
The fifth game featured four team blocks by
Flashback ... October 12 ... Sweeps Week in
The only time the Tigers have been swept this season was in
A five-match road winning streak was snapped for the No. 7 Missouri women's volleyball team Wednesday night, as the Tigers (12-2, 6-2) succumbed to their first sweep of the year, losing 28-30, 27-30, and 22-30 to No. 17 Texas. The Longhorns (12-2, 7-1) take over sole possession of second place in the Big 12, as they win their sixth-straight match. Shen Danru became Mizzou's all-time kill leader at Mizzou with six this match to take her to 1,484 overall in her career.
Mizzou recorded a hitting percentage of .211 in the match, their lowest of the season.
Mizzou was up 13-10 early in game one after a four-point run that put the Tigers in the driver's seat. A three-kill run by Na Yang over a four-point stretch, gave the
Solid hitting on both sides of the net was the story in game two.
In game three, the Tigers held the lead briefly at 3-2, but would never again in the 30-22 game loss. The Tigers made 11 hitting and three service errors, falling quickly to the continued, hard-hitting Longhorns.
National Statistical Rankings
As of November 13
Notable Big 12 teams and individuals on the tops of the NCAA Statistical Rankings - out of 317 teams (released each Tuesday)
Assists Per Game:
Blocks Per Game:
Kills Per Game:
Assists Per Game: Lindsey Hunter,
Blocks Per Game: Melissa Elmer,
Hitting Percentage: Nicole Wilson,
Kills Per Game: Laura Jones,
Milestones Achieved and Yet to Go
* Lindsey Hunter played in the 400th game of her career versus
* Hunter eclipsed the 5,500-career assist mark versus
* Hunter had her 100th-career 40-plus assist match at
* Hunter also had her 40th-career double-double with 47 assists and 12 digs at
* Jessica Vander Kooi became the eighth Tiger all-time to record 250 blocks in a career
* Lisa Boyd played in the 100th match of her career at No. 1 Nebraska on November 13
What 2 Watch 4
* 5,873 total career assists will put Hunter in the top 25 all-time in NCAA history in the category
* With 34 digs, Hunter will be only the seventh Tiger all-time to reach the 1,000 dig mark
* Also can reach 1,000 career kills by end of the season ... has 943 currently
* Both are close to scoring their 300th blocks of their career, only two other Tigers all-time have reached that plateau
An Early Lookback of 2005
Sure, we haven't completed the season, but this is a good time to set back and reflect a little on the season that has already unfolded with many, many storylines.
* Mizzou went unscathed in non-conference play, winning all six matches in sweeps, going 18-0 in games, including in wins over then-No. 9
* The Tigers won 21 consecutive games to start the season, the longest-such streak since 2000 (won 24 games consecutive)
* Mizzou also won 12 consecutive matches to begin the season (ending with a four-game loss to No. 1 Nebraska), marking the team's longest winning stretch and best season start since 1982.
* The Tigers set a new school record, winning six-consecutive conference matches (during the start of conference season)
* Mizzou also went on a five-match road winning streak during the season, tying the team's record set in 1982.
* Mizzou has currently went 5-3 against top 25 teams, capturing a new school record in wins over top-25 teams in a season
* On September 4, the Tigers swept then-No. 9
* On September 16, Mizzou defeated Texas A&M in
* Kansas State had won nine-consecutive matches over the Tigers coming into this season, and that streak was snapped on September 24 as Mizzou won at home in a three-game sweep.
* For the first time since 1993, Mizzou also defeated then-No. 24 K-State in Manhattan, winning in five games, coming back from a two-game deficit ... the match win was also only the Tigers fifth road win all-time versus a top-25 team ... the K-State match ended with junior Jessica Vander Kooi scoring on three consecutive blocks.
Team Statistical Dealings
* On September 21, the Tigers held host Colorado to zero blocks in a three-game sweep, conversely the Tigers recorded a season-high 18 blocks on the night ... in the same match, the Tigers went the entire third game with committing a hitting error, hitting a season-high .654 in the frame
* At home versus Baylor the Tigers hit a season high .486 in the match, conversely the Bears had a Tiger-opponent season-high percentage of .337
* On October 5, 7,298 Tiger fans came to the
* Mizzou has also grew their average season attendance by 55% from 2004's 1,460 average ... the Tigers drew 3,699 fans in an October 15 match against Kansas, 2,571 fans in a October 29 match against Colorado, and 2,438 fans in a September 24 match against Kansas State
* Four of Mizzou's top-five all-time crowds have now come from the 2005 season.
* The October 5 match versus No. 1 Nebraska was the first all-time televised from the Hearnes Center ... the Missouri Sports Network aired the match on a tape-delay basis on local UPN station KZOU and televised the match live in Kansas City on MetroSports, who also produced the broadcast.
* For the first time in Mizzou volleyball history, the team was ranked in the national top 10, starting on September 12 and remaining there for seven-consecutive weeks ... the team peaked at No. 7 in the country and was at that spot for three weeks (October 3, 10, 17 polls) ... the teams' previous all-time-high ranking before 2005 was 18th, occurring in 2003.
* Also for the first time in Tiger volleyball history, the team ranked in the top 10 in attendance, peaking on October 31 with a sixth-place national ranking.
* The team also reached the top five for the first time in school history in the RPI. Their previous high was the 2004 final index when the team placed 24th.
* Hunter also became the first Tiger to jump over the 5,000-assist mark, doing so at
* Shen Danru became the Tigers' all-time digs leader, topping Narron Branson (1,149) at Texas Tech on October 1.
* Danru jumped over Buhlig (163) on October 5 versus No. 1 Nebraska in the all-time service aces category.
* Danru became Mizzou's all-time kills leader, jumping over Yvette Buhlig (1,478) on October 12 at then-No. 18
* Danru also became Mizzou's all-time scorer over Christi Myers (1,814) at
* Nicole Wilson became the current Tiger all-time leader in hitting percentage
* On September 5, Lindsey Hunter was named Big 12 Player of the Week for the first time in her career after recording a 100-assist week in sweeps over
* Hunter was also named Tournament MVP for both the Tiger Invitational and the Holiday Inn Classic
* Hunter nearly record a triple-double twice in the season ... on October 22 at Iowa State she recorded 54 assists, 10 digs and eight kills ... on October 29 versus Colorado, tallied 59 assists, 13 digs, and eight kills.
* Jessica Vander Kooi has recorded three double-doubles over top-25 teams ... she nearly recorded a quadruple-double when playing at No. 24 Kansas State on October 26, recording 14 kills, 21 digs, eight assists, and nine blocks
* Vander Kooi racked up 23 kills (the team's season high) along with 22 digs in the five-game loss at No. 1 Nebraska ... her 23 were the most by a Husker opponent for the season ... marked the second 20-20 match all-time of Vander Kooi's career
* Abbie Booth began Big 12 play with 12 service aces in four three-game sweeps, averaging one per game.
* Shen Danru recorded 17 kills on .326 hitting, adding 19 digs and four blocks at
* Lisa Boyd - at Colorado on September 21, recorded 11 kills with only one error (.556) in road sweep, also tallying eight blocks in the match ... against No. 1 Nebraska on October 5, went 12-2-20 (.500) and recorded five blocks ... at Iowa State on October 22, nearly went errorless going 13-1-26 (.462), adding five blocks.
* Tatum Ailes - recorded 12 digs in each of the Tiger sweeps over then-No. 9
* Na Yang has scored a career-high 21 kills twice this season (October 1 at Texas Tech and October 26 at
* Nicole Wilson was named Big 12 & National Player of the Week on September 26 after recording a week of errorless play in sweeps at
Awards & Honors
* Lindsey Hunter was named Big 12 Player of the Week on September 5.
* Nicole Wilson was named Big 12 Player of the Week followed by being named AVCA National Player of the Week on on September 26th (details above)
Double-Checking That Record Book
Sorry about this gaff. After investigating the record book and talking with some people in the NCAA, it appears that Mizzou's records for blocks and blocks per game were a little deceiving and needed to be changed. The method of calculating blocks in 1983 was such that every block, even those that are returned, termed "zero blocks" were counted. Obviously, that is not the case these days, as in order to be credited with a solo block or block assist, the block action must fall for a point for the blocking team. That is the reason why Mizzou's blocking records seemed way out of reach. Unfortunately, those records effect Tiger alumni Dianne Berg and Dina Herzog whose blocking prowess was felt by opposing teams in the mid-80s. But, without knowing exactly which blocks fell for points, those statistics for that year have to be kept out of the record books.
The Comeback at K-State (October 26) ... A Vander Kooi Cooling
It was a volleyball match that resembled a Rocky movie on October 26, as the No. 8 Tigers won in
Not to mention game five, when each team went "punch"-for-"punch", like the Round 11 montage in Rocky IV, tying the score a match-high eight times in frame, ultimately tying for the last time at 11-11. That's when the "Eye of the Tiger", in this case, junior Jessica Vander Kooi stepped in. After throwing down a kill off a block, giving the Tigers a side-out and the 12-11 lead, Vander Kooi proceed to build a wall at the net that lasted the remainder of the match. Wildcat Sandy Werner, who had 16 kills up-to-that-point, tried to bust through the wall on three successive rallies, and was stopped each time by Vander Kooi in a block assist or solo block.
Here's point-by-point how the end of that match went:
K-State serve (Rita Lilliom), kill by Vander Kooi (assist by Lindsey Hunter) ... score MU 12-11, MU side-out
MU serve (Nicole Wilson), solo block by Vander Kooi (attack error by Sandy Werner) ... score MU 14-11, Mizzou match point
Vander Kooi (Hinton, Iowa) grabbed her eighth double-double of the season, and her fourth over a ranked opponent, notching 14 kills and 21 digs, adding nine total blocks (three on the final three points alone) to tie a career-high in the category. Vander Kooi nearly had a quadruple-double as she also had eight assists on the evening.
By the looks of the
The 7,298 crowd nearly tripled Mizzou's previous attendance record of 2,638 set last year in a win over Texas A&M. In fact, Mizzou's total attendance through five home matches prior to the
The Tigers now are averaging 2,265 fans per home contest, ranking eighth in the country.
In 2004, Mizzou reached its highest national-attendance ranking before '05, ranking 19th in the country with a 1,460 average.
The Monkey Off Thy Back
While wins over Texas A&M in
The stubborn monkey of the bunch is of the Cornhusker variety. Mizzou has lost 50 of the last 51 meetings with
Big 12's Second Half ... NOW!
The second meeting of
The RPI in the RKPI ... Mizzou No. 5 in the Country in Index
The RichKern.com RKPI is a lot like the RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) used in men's and women's basketball (among others) to measure all of the nation's teams based on their winning percentage, strength of schedule, and road- and quality-wins. The formula, among other things, is used by the NCAA Women's Volleyball committee in formulating the 64-team post-season NCAA Championship Tournament field. By on the way, volleyball's "Selection Sunday" is November 27, aired on ESPNews.
Ailes Out-Digging The Conference
Through 17 matches of the Big 12 season, sophomore Tiger Tatum Ailes is leading the league with 4.23 digs per conference game. Ailes, who set Mizzou's season records in digs and digs per game her freshman year, has 233 digs in 54 conference games.
After having a successful career at
Not the Exception, The Rule ...
Junior Tiger Nicole Wilson has had a phenomenal start to 2005 campaign, as she has become very, very hard to stop. Through 23 matches,
What is mostly amazing is that
The (Multi-)Talented Miss Vander Kooi
Junior Jessica Vander Kooi almost scored a quadruple-double at then-No. 24 Kansas State on October 26, when she scored 14 kills for the Tigers, on 21 digs, nine blocks, and dished eight assists. The Tigers came back from two games behind to win in five and win for the first time in
Whenever a team may feel they are starting to get an advantage over
At then-No. 15
If You're Goin' To Play (well, anywhere) ... You've Got to Have A Good SETTER on Hand
Hunter Becomes Mizzou's All-Time Assists Leader ... Also joins 5,000-assist club
At the end of game three in the Tigers' 3-1 win over No. 15 Texas A&M in
Adding 47 assists in last the September 21 sweep of
Hunter's name will be prominent in the NCAA record book once the season is done, and one thing that Hunter is getting closer and closer to doing is cracking the top five all-time in NCAA history in assists per game. Here's a list of the current standings:
Career Assists Per Game - NCAA Division I all-time
2) Erika Selsor, UCLA (98-01) ... 14.01 apg ... 445 games, 6,234 assists
3) Roz Pelayo,
4) Emily Sallee,
Takin' Care Of Business...
The Tigers lost game one at No. 15 Texas A&M 31-29 in mid-September, marking the first game-loss for Mizzou after seven-straight match sweeps. Winning 21 games straight, the Tigers swept through all seven non-conference opponents including then-No. 9
It's Baby Time!
The Tiger volleyball family has a new member. Assistant coach Deng Yang delivered a 7 lb., 14 oz., baby boy on Wednesday (August 31st) at 5:15 p.m. Yang, and husband, Chen Feng, named the new Tiger, Logan Chen.
The Ol' Switcheroo
In their sixth season as coaches of the
The Kreklow Revolution
In their previous five seasons at
For three seasons, they have dominated the Big 12 conference with their abilities to hit, assist, and kill and as Lisa Boyd, Shen Danru, and Lindsey Hunter enter their final season at
Spanning the Globe
In 2001, Missouri added its first ever Eastern Hemisphere player with Shen Danru, a freshman out of Shanghai Sports School who had been part of China's Junior National Team in 1999. Since beginning her career at
Yep, They're Smart Too
In 2004, seven members of the Missouri Volleyball Team were Academic All-Big 12 Honorees and in 2005, the team will welcome back six of those seven. 2004 was the first time senior Lindsey Hunter, juniors Jessica Vander Kooi, Abbie Booth and Nicole Wilson were named Academic All-Big 12 along with two and three-time honorees, seniors Lisa Boyd and Shen Danru. Boyd was an honoree in 2003, Danru in 2002 and 2003. In the winter semester of 2005, the Tigers set a new team record with a team term GPA of 3.29, beating out the previous semester's record of 3.27.
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