Mizzou Volleyball: This is your NCAA Tournament résumé
November 24, 2010
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With a 12-8 record in Big 12 play, Paola Ampudia (9) and the Missouri volleyball team should earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament. (Photo by Ross Taylor)
The Missouri volleyball team entered Wednesday’s match against the Oklahoma Sooners with presumably little more to play for than simply end-of-season momentum, but that may not make a five-set loss any less painful.
Missouri stormed out to a two-set lead against the Oklahoma Sooners on Senior Night on Wednesday, but Oklahoma fought back to defeat the Tigers in Missouri’s regular season finale at the Hearnes Center in Columbia.
With the conclusion of the match, Missouri’s fate now rests entirely in the hands of the NCAA Tournament selection committee. Missouri will find out its destiny on the Division I selection show, currently scheduled to air on ESPNEWS at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Mizzou volleyball, this is your NCAA Tournament résumé:
Overall record: 20-10
Conference record: 12-8
Conference finish: 5th
NCAA RPI: 41st
Total sets: 68-38
Weeks receiving votes in AVCA Top 25: Nine
Record vs. Ranked Teams: 1-5
Record vs. Teams Ranked OR Receiving Votes: 1-7
Signature win: 3-1 win at No. 12 Iowa State (Nov. 6)
Questionable losses: 3-1 loss at Kansas (Oct. 6), 3-1 losses to Virginia Tech and Western Kentucky at the Western Kentucky Invitational (Sept. 10-11)
Notable Numbers (entering Wednesday):
— 13th in NCAA in assists per set (13.48)
— 23rd in NCAA in kills per set (14.15)
— Setter Molly Kreklow: Standout freshman is 2nd in Big 12 in assists per set (11.66) and was 1st for majority of the season. Was named Big 12 Rookie of the Week five times in 2010.
— Middle blocker Brittany Brimmage: Led Mizzou in hitting percentage, hitting .284 in conference matches (good for ninth-highest efficiency in the Big 12). Is also ninth in the conference in blocks per set.
— Outside hitter Paola Ampudia: Former AVCA National Player of the Week is Missouri’s prime offensive threat, but rounded out her game as the season went on to lead Missouri with 12 double-doubles.
— Outside hitter Julianna Klein: The most experienced player in Missouri history according to sets played can largely attribute her 2.89 kills per set average to veteran savvy that has caught up to her cannon right arm.
— Libero Caitlyn Vann: Has become one of the Big 12’s premier defensive players despite fighting through injuries down the stretch. Was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week four times in 2010 and six times in her career.