VolleyZou earning some preseason respect on the national and conference level
MUTigers.com: Missouri ranked 15th in AVCA Preseason Poll
"While it is great to be ranked at this point of the season, it is just a preseason poll and we recognize the amount of work that needs to be put in order to back up that ranking," head coach Wayne Kreklow said. "To have our name up there with some of the names on this list says a lot about what our team has achieved over the past several seasons. We have a lot of talent on this year's team and I know they are ready to get out there and start competing"
MUTigers.com: Mizzou Volleyball picked to finish 3rd in SEC
"After the top-15 AVCA ranking yesterday, this gives our fans a lot to be excited about and it should be great motivation for our team," head coach Wayne Kreklow said. "After losing two first team All-Americans, being picked third by the other coaches shows the amount of respect that people around the league and country have for the talent we have coming back. That being said, we need to go out and prove that we belong in that spot. Preseason rankings are great, but all that matters is where we end up at the end of the year."
SECSports.com: Carly Kan and Whitney Little named to Preseason All-SEC Team
VolleyZou also received their 2013 SEC Champion rings as well!
Team dinner means #SEC Championship rings! #Proved pic.twitter.com/c8uRKvN3dA— Mizzou Volleyball (@MizzouVB) August 10, 2014
Team Photos and whatnot
Freshies! pic.twitter.com/qcWD0LOKjw— Mizzou Volleyball (@MizzouVB) August 13, 2014
Sophomores! pic.twitter.com/ldvovLlh5l— Mizzou Volleyball (@MizzouVB) August 13, 2014
Juniors! pic.twitter.com/kp7T0PYo4x— Mizzou Volleyball (@MizzouVB) August 13, 2014
Our last year at Mizzou! pic.twitter.com/KFHwM7GRBd— Mizzou Volleyball (@MizzouVB) August 13, 2014
The Whole Crew
Your 2014 #Mizzou volleyball team! pic.twitter.com/NDW57VyReE— Mizzou Volleyball (@MizzouVB) August 12, 2014
Mizzou Soccer begins preseason practice in preparation for exhibition opener
SECSports.com: Tigers picked to finish 10th in SEC
SECSports.com: Coaches' Preseason Watch List Unveiled
• Missouri returns 16 letter winners and eight starters from the 2013 team that compiled an 8-9-3 mark and defeated three top-25 opponents, including two top-10 foes.
• The Tigers return the team's top two point producers from 2013, seniors Kaysie Clark and Taylor Grant. Clark, a 2013 All-SEC first team selection, tallied 15 points (six goals and three assists) last year, while Grant added 14 (five goals and four assists). Clark also earned a spot on the NSCAA All-South Region second team in 2013.
• Head Coach Bryan Blitz, entering his 19th season at Mizzou, needs just four wins to reach 300 in his career.
• Mizzou's schedule features six games against NCAA Tournament teams from a season ago.
Missouri Players to Watch:
Kaysie Clark - Midfielder
Melanie Donaldson - Midfielder
Candance Johnson - Defender
North Carolina Tar Heels Preview
GoHeels.com: UNC tapped fourth in NCSAA Preseason Poll
2013 Schedule/Record: 20-5 (10-3 ACC)
Coach: Anson Dorrance
Like fine wine - with age - the coaching career of Anson Dorrance only gets better. Dorrance proved that again in 2012 as he led his team successfully through the most competitive College Cup fields in history as the University of North Carolina won it's 22nd overall national title and its 21st NCAA crown. When UNC won the NCAA crown in 2009, Dorrance became the first coach in NCAA history to win 20 championships coaching a single sport.
It is this relentless attitude that has helped the Tar Heels win a mind-blowing 21 of the 31 national championships that have been decided in the history of collegiate women's soccer. Only two other schools in the coutnry have won as many as two titles - Portland in 2002 and 2005 and Notre Dame in 1995, 2004, and 2010. Five other schools have won one each - Georgia Mason (1985), Florida (1998), Santa Clara (2001), USC (2007), and Stanford (2011).
Over the years, 17 different Tar Heels have been named National Players of the Year under Dorrance's direction - April Heinrichs in 1984 and 1986, Shannon Higgins in 1988 and 1989, Kristine Lilly in 1990 and 1991, Mia Hamm in 1992 and 1993, Tisha Venturini in 1994, Debbie Keller in 1995 and 1996, Staci Wilson in 1995, Cindy Parlow in 1996, 1997, and 1998, Robin Confer in 1997, Lorrie Fair in 1999, Meredith Florance in 2000, Lindsay Tarpley in 2003, Catherine Reddick in 2003, Heather O'Reilly in 2006, Yael Averbuch in 2006, Casey Nogueira in 2008 and Whitney Engen in 2009.
Anson Dorrance's Resume
Players to watch out for
Summer Green (Forward)
2013 Stats: 9 goals, 6 assists, 24 points, 5/6 penalty kicks
Amber Munerlyn (Forward)
2013 Stats: 2 goals, 4 assists, 8 points,
Bryane Heaberlin (Goalkeeper)
2013 Stats: 8-3 record, 19 saves, 6 goals allowed
While Missouri returns 16 players with experience this fall, including top goal scorers Kaysie Clark and Taylor Grant, and starting Goalkeeper MacKenzie Sauerwein, the North Carolina attack will prove too much for the Tigers defenders to handle. The Tar Heels are a national powerhouse, and it'll show on Friday. North Carolina 4, Missouri 1