Nov. 29, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo. - One day removed from earning its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2007, the Mizzou volleyball program saw three of its student-athletes earn spots on various All-Big 12 teams Monday (Nov. 29), as announced by the league office. Senior outside hitter Paola Ampudia (Cali, Colombia) highlighted the selections as she was a unanimous pick to the All-Big 12 First Team. Freshman Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) was an honorable mention All-Big 12 pick while she and classmate Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) each landed on the All-Big 12 Freshman team.
2010 marks the second-straight year that Ampudia has been named to the All-Big 12 first team. She led the Tiger offense with 433 kills this season, averaging 4.08 per set. Her 433 kills are the third-most in the Big 12 this season while her 482.5 total points are also the third-best total in the Big 12 during the 2010 campaign. She improved as a six-rotation player this season, collecting 250 digs, good for a 2.36 per set average.
Ampudia was named Big 12 Player of the Week twice in 2010 and was even named AVCA/Sports Imports National Player of the Week on Nov. 9 for her efforts in a pair of road wins at Colorado and Iowa State. Ampudia is Mizzou's 11th All-Big 12 first team honoree in program history and she is the first player to be named to the first team in two straight seasons since Jessica Vander Kooi (2005-06). She was one of six unanimous selections on the 14-player team.
Kreklow, a five-time Big 12 Newcomer of the Week in 2010, was honored as a member of the All-Big 12 honorable mention team and as a member of the All-Big 12 Freshman team. She becomes the 11th player in program history to be named to the All-Big 12 honorable mention team and the first since Na Yang was honored in 2007. Kreklow finished the season ranked second in the Big 12 in assists per set with 11.70 in her first season as a Tiger. She also led the team with 11 double-doubles and 244 total digs.
Kreklow was joined on the All-Big 12 Freshman team by Henning, who finished fourth on the team with 230 kills on .221 hitting in her first season in Black and Gold. Henning and Kreklow are the first Tigers to land on the All-Big 12 Freshman team since 2007 and become only the second and third Tigers to earn the award. Current Tiger senior Weiwen Wang
(Nanjing, China) earned a spot on the freshman team back in 2007.
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