MU volleyball beats Colorado after short break

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 | 9:52 p.m. CDT; updated 12:13 a.m. CDT, Thursday, October 23, 2008
MU sophomore outside hitter Julianna Klein spikes the ball for a kill in the second game Wednesday against Colorado. Klein led the team with nine kills as the Tigers swept the Buffaloes to move from ninth to seventh in the Big 12 standings.

COLUMBIA — Julianna Klein said she had known for about a year that her brother Jarad would be running for election to the Iowa State House. Busy playing volleyball for Missouri, she hadn't had time to go back to her hometown of Keota, Iowa, and work on the campaign.

"He has all of my support," she said. "Obviously, he's my brother. But, I wish I could help him, but I can't."

When the Tigers got a five-day break between matches after playing at Texas on Oct. 17, Klein finally got a chance to go home and knock on doors.

"It was actually a lot of fun," she said. "I didn't think that door-knocking would be fun at all, you know, knocking on random people's doors, not knowing who they are."

Klein was back to her usual volleyball routine Wednesday when Missouri swept Colorado 25-18, 25-23, 25-17 at the Hearnes Center. Klein tied for the team lead in kills with fellow sophomore Catie Wilson, both had nine kills. Wilson also got a chance to go back to her hometown of Omaha, Neb., during the team's break.

"It was my little sister's Sweet 16," she said. "So, I went, and I got to watch her play volleyball, which I've never seen her play in high school. So, that was kind of really exciting for me. It was a surprise, so she was really excited too."

Her younger sister, Emily Wilson, didn't find out Catie Wilson was going to the match until she was warming up.

"You could tell she was so excited," Wilson said. "It made her day. We're really close. And it's been hard not getting to see each other as much because sometimes my parents will come down here to see me, but she'll have a tournament, so she'll have to stay at home."

Emily Wilson plays for the high school her sister attended and with some of her sister's former teammates.

"It was so crazy," Catie Wilson said. "I was in there and I was like jumping and yelling and saying stuff. And I was like, ‘Whoa, this is weird.' I've never really sat and watched volleyball, like watched my little sister."

Wednesday night, Wilson said Missouri was focused on sweeping Colorado, because sweeping teams has been an issue for the Tigers.

"When we go into the locker room (between the second and third sets), we discuss everything we need to do, and we know what we have to do," she said. "But I think sometimes we just let down and think that they're just going to lay down and let us win."

Missouri coach Wayne Kreklow said he thought his team did a good job in the third set.

"It was a nice change from game two where we started out and made 10, 11 unforced errors," he said. "I thought Colorado made some good plays, but they had to make the plays, we weren't giving stuff away."

Kreklow thought his team played well, especially since the Tigers got swept at Texas.

"It doesn't take long to have your confidence kind of shook a little bit," he said. "I thought that kind of happened a little bit. So it was nice to see them come out, work through that kind of sluggish start in game two and start to play with a little tempo and kind of confidence again."

The Tigers' next match is at 2 p.m. Saturday at Iowa State.

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