Ampudia Headlines Cobra Magazine Honorees

<i>Paola Ampudia</i>

Paola Ampudia

Dec. 29, 2010

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Three members of the Mizzou volleyball program were named to the Cobra Magazine All-National teams, as announced by the publication on Wednesday (Dec. 29). Senior outside hitter Paola Ampudia (Cali, Colombia) was one of 15 players selected to the All-National first team while senior libero Caitlyn Vann (Muncie, Ind.) and junior middle hitter Brittney Brimmage (East St. Louis, Ill.) were named to the second and third teams, respectively.

Cobra Magazine is the first publication that primarily showcases the talents of players of African descent. COBRA's goal is to tell inspiring stories of black volleyball players that show young African American players that they too have opportunities to thrive in the sport despite cultural differences and economic disadvantages.

"One of Cobra's goals is to share the success of players while exposing the barriers that they have had to face by being in a sport that is not highly promoted amongst their peers," Gezus Zaire, creator of COBRA Magazine said. "Cobra is an advocate that previously didn't exist for black volleyball players."

Ampudia finished the season with 493 total kills, the third-most by a Tiger in program history. In her two-year career at Mizzou, Ampudia posted 903 career kills, the second-best two-year total in program history, trailing only Shen Danru, who posted 936 kills in 2002 and 2003. Ampudia also set the school record for attacks in a single season with her 1,380 in 2010. The previous best had been 1,336 by Na Yang in 2007. In her two-year career, Ampudia finished with 2,496 career attacks.

Ampudia was named Big 12 Player of the Week twice this season and even earned AVCA/Sports Imports National Player of the Week honors on Nov. 9 for her efforts in a pair of road wins at Colorado and Iowa State.



Vann, a senior libero, set Mizzou single season records for digs and digs per set in 2010. She pulled in a total of 637 digs, topping the previous single season record of 583, which was set by Tatum Ailes in 2007. She also finished the season averaging 5.35 digs per set, which is also the best single season mark by a Tiger. She also finishes her career with 1,997 career digs, just three shy of becoming only the second player in program history to finish with 2,000 career digs. She is ranked fourth all-time in career digs in Big 12 Conference history as well.

Vann was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week six times in 2010, including in each of the last three weeks of the season. Through the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, she led all liberos with 59 total digs heading into the Sweet 16.

Brimmage earned her first Big 12 Player of the Week honor this season after guiding Mizzou to a pair of wins over Kansas and Kansas State. Brimmage finished the season with 119 total blocks this season, the sixth-best total in program history. The 119 blocks are the most by a Tiger in a single season since Nicole Wilson's 124 in 2006. She also led the team with a .331 attack percentage and ranked third on the team with 291 kills.

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