COLUMBIA — If you go to a Missouri volleyball game this season, chances are, you’ll see Brittney Brimmage and Priscilla Armendariz dancing.
“No matter what,” Armendariz said. “We could be in the middle of a drill or in the middle of a huddle, the music comes on, and we’re gonna dance.”
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The dancing isn’t reserved for only games either.
“We kinda had a dance-off in the weight room one time and kinda had to get everyone into it,” Armendariz said.
Before the dance-off, she and Brimmage taught everyone the moves to the song “Cupid Shuffle.”
Both juniors, Brimmage, a hitter, and Armendariz, a defensive specialist, consistently lift the team's spirit through their jokes and antics. No matter what the situation, good or bad, they have the ability to make their teammates smile. They have the kind of friendship where they finish each other’s sentences and know what the other is thinking by glance alone.
“If we’re just all the way across the room from each other, we just look at each other,” Brimmage said, then Armendariz continued, “The music comes on, and sure enough, she’s dancing.”
“Some people join in, some people just watch,” Brimmage said.
“Some people just look at us like we’re crazy. ‘Seriously? Do you have to dance?'” Armendariz said.
With such similar personalities, it’s easy to see why the two ended up hitting it off so well.
When Brimmage first met Armedariz, "I just thought she was a little, sweet, little girl. I call her my little girl … my little Pip. I like little people,” she said, laughing.
At 6 feet, 3 inches tall, Brimmage towers a whole foot over Armendariz, and sometimes she uses that to her advantage if Armendariz is teasing her.
“Brittney likes to put people in trash cans," Armendariz said.
According to senior teammate Julianna Klein, Armendariz and the shorter girls on the team like to provoke Brimmage.
"They're always joking and sassing her," Klein said.
Then Brimmage jokingly picks them up and places them in the nearest trash can.
"She just likes messing with little people because she’s a lot bigger,” Armendariz said, “But it’s her way of showing that she likes us.”
“Sometimes I just don’t make it to the trash can," Brimmage said. "So, I just flip them all the way over, or I just put 'em down on the floor and then just leave them alone.”
Klein, who is 6 feet tall, said she's never been put in a trash can by Brimmage, to which Brimmage playfully replied, "Do you wanna test this out?"
The team also likes to give players nicknames based on characters from the movies "The Lion King" and "Finding Nemo." Teammates sometimes refer to Brimmage as “Scar” because people can find her intimidating.
“She's just kinda out there and loud and a tall girl,” said Armendariz, who likes to see such qualities out on the court.
“Her (Brimmage’s) facial expressions and just the energy she brings to everyone, I think it’s awesome, besides her amazing ability to smash a ball. Besides that. Just the presence she gives on the court is really cool."
Armendariz’s "Lion King" character is a hyena because of her frequent laughter, but Brimmage said Armendariz gets serious in matches.
“Pip is a hustler," Brimmage said. "The ball is right there, and she’ll run all the way over there because somebody shanked it. I really like that.”
When the Tigers return to the Hearnes Center for a home match later this month, look for Brimmage and Armendariz when the music starts playing. You can bet they will be dancing.