Missouri volleyball players earn Big 12 honors

Monday, November 29, 2010 | 7:23 p.m. CST; updated 8:33 p.m. CST, Monday, November 29, 2010

COLUMBIA — A day after earning its first NCAA Tournament bid since 2007, the Missouri volleyball team saw four of its players receive weekly or postseason Big 12 Conference honors.

Senior libero Caitlyn Vann was named the Big 12 defensive player of the week for the third consecutive week and the sixth time this season.

Vann set a career high with 38 digs in a five-set loss to Oklahoma on Wednesday. The senior set a single-season program record and led the conference with 5.3 digs per set in 2010.

Senior outside hitter Paola Ampudia was a unanimous selection to the All-Big 12 First Team. Her 433 kills (4.08 per set) were third most in the conference this season.

Setter Molly Kreklow and outside hitter Lisa Henning were named to the All-Big 12 Freshman Team.

Henning finished the regular season with 230 kills while hitting .221 on the year.

Kreklow, a five-time Big 12 Newcomer of the Week in 2010, was also named to the All-Big 12 honorable mention team. The freshman from Delano, Minn. was second in the conference in assists per set with 11.7.

The Tigers will travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa on Friday to play Northern Iowa in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The game is scheduled for 8 p.m.

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