Missouri volleyball rebounds with sweep of Colorado

Following a 3-1 loss to Kansas in Lawrence Wednesday, Missouri found itself at 2-3 in conference play—the same conference record as recent Big 12 doormat Colorado. With the Buffaloes in town Saturday, Mizzou looked to put some distance between themselves and the team that was picked to finish last in the conference before the season.

Mizzou did just that, sweeping Colorado 25-20, 25-22, 25-19 to move to 3-3 in the Big 12.

Paola Ampudia led Mizzou with a season-high 20 kills, the last of which came on the match’s final point. Molly Kreklow consistently set Ampudia well, who frequently came out of the back row for attacks that Colorado simply could not defend.

Lisa Henning also came up with some key kills, especially in the first two sets. Henning finished the match with nine kills and a .320 hitting percentage.

Kreklow had success setting all sides of the floor, as she was able to get Ampudia up the middle and on the outside, Henning from the outside, and Julianna Klein from the back and outside.

But more importantly, Kreklow was able to set Mizzou’s middles as they slid to an outside position with a lot of success. In the first two sets, Catie Wilson had success sliding from the middle to outside to offer Colorado a different look, and in the third set, Brittney Brimmage saw success running that same play. Overall, Wilson finished the match with seven kills and a .417 hitting percentage while Brimmage had six kills with a .286 hitting percentage.

The match itself was tightly contested, but where Mizzou was able to pull away was in its serving. Through the first two sets, Mizzou had three service aces, but did exactly what coach Wayne Kreklow looked for—that being “serving tough.”

But Mizzou served even tougher in the third set, with back-to-back aces from Priscilla Armendariz setting the tone early in the set. Caitlyn Vann added a service ace a few points later to put Mizzou up 10-7, and the Tigers rolled from that point on.

The win got Mizzou back on track just in time, as No. 3 Nebraska will come to Columbia Wednesday. The match will start at 6:30 at Hearnes Center.

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