We’re under an hour from first serve here at Hearnes, so I’ll have some time to get some notes up on the game in a little bit. I’ll just say this: Of all the mascots Mizzou has faced this year, I’d say the name “Kangaroos” is probably the most unique.
Some pregame notes to pass along:
- UMKC is on a five-game losing streak with losses to Oakland, IPFW, Drake, IUPUI, and Western Illinois. Their last victory was a 3-0 win over Holy Cross Sept. 5.
- In all fairness, in UMKC’s loss against WIU the ‘Roos forced three sets to go to extra points.
- After tonight’s match, UMKC will not be done playing Big 12 opponents. The ‘Roos will take on Kansas Oct. 27 in Lawrence.
- UMKC went 12-20 last year, but returns five of their six starters from ’08.
- Caitlyn Vann is now eighth all-time on the Missouri career digs list with 1,050.
- By taking home back-to-back Big 12 Rookie of the Week awards, Paola Ampudia became the first player in Mizzou history to win back-to-back weekly awards.
- Wendy Wang’s .367 hitting percentage is sixth-best in the Big 12.
- With her 11 kill, 11 dig performance against Oklahoma Saturday, Julianna Klein recorded her third double-double of the season.
Big start for Brittney Brimmage. She’s already at three kills as Mizzou leads 7-5.
After Julianna Klein drilled her second ace of the match, UMKC calls a timeout down 8-5.
A huge run by Mizzou puts the Tigers up 14-6 heading into a UMKC timeout. Kim English and Keith Ramsey from the basketball team just walked in, too. Always cool to see athletes from different sports supporting each other.
Mizzou doing just about everything right in the first set. 20-11 Tigers right now.
Mizzou cruises to a 25-15 win in the first set. Brimmage led the way with four kills, while Paola Ampudia had three and Rosa Medrano and Julianna Klein each had two. Klein was also huge from the service line in the set.
Stat notes from the first set:
- Caitlyn Vann had three aces, while Klein had two.
- Mizzou hit .290 as a team compared to UMKC’s .174.
- Lei Wang-Francisco had a block and a kill to go along with nine assists in the set.
It’s 7-3 Mizzou in the second set.
Mizzou still firing on all cylinders in the second set. 12-5 Tigers right now.
Paola Ampudia has really played well in this set. She’s already at three kills with Mizzou up 16-6 and just notched her first ace of the night.
Another well-played set for Mizzou is in the books as the Tigers take the second set 25-12. Ampudia is leading the team in kills with seven, but there hasn’t been just one standout player—it’s been an across-the-board type thing. Great serving, great hitting, great blocking, you name it.
Stat notes through two sets:
- Mizzou hit .312 in the second set. UMKC really struggled in that department, hitting -.152. The ‘Roos are hitting -.018 as a team through two sets.
- Paola Ampudia has been on fire today, hitting. 333 with seven kills, four digs, and a service ace.
- Julianna Klein (6), Brittney Brimmage (5), Rosa Medrano (4), and Catie Wilson (4) also have contributed nicely in the kill department.
- As a team, Mizzou has seven service aces. That’s really good to see, as it’s something Coach Wayne Kreklow mentioned his team had to work on after last weekend’s Oklahoma match.
Kate Harris is in at setter in this final set.
UMKC calls a timeout down 11-4. Harris has done a real nice job of setting her teammates so far.
Marissa Ferri, a freshman defensive specialist, just entered the game for Mizzou. It’s 17-4 Tigers in the third set.
Yikes. It’s 20-5 Mizzou as the Tigers call a timeout. Also, this is Ferri’s first set played as a Tiger.
Paola Ampudia is at nine kills, while Rosa Medrano has been excellent in the set to give her seven for the match so far.
Lindsey Petrick is now making her debut with Mizzou. 23-9 Mizzou.
Mizzou sweeps the match by winning the third set 25-12. I’ll have Coach Kreklow’s postgame comments up in about 45 minutes.