COLUMBIA — Niki Collier doesn't seem to mind having the sand out of her shoes.
The senior continues to showcase her skills for the Rock Bridge volleyball team, which defeated Hickman 25-23, 25-13, 25-10 on Monday night.
Collier is playing her first season on the hardcourt, after moving from Los Angeles last November. Growing up on the West Coast, Collier spent most of her time playing beach volleyball, especially AAU volleyball tournaments from the age of 12 to 17, and moving to Columbia presented an opportunity to continue playing the game that she loves, but on a different surface.
It's apparent she's comfortable no matter the surface. Her services are fluid and her net play is aggressive.
“She was a very strong beach volleyball player,” Jim Collier, Niki Collier's father, said. “In that game, there are only two players, and so you have to be able to hit, pass, serve, dig — everything. It’s tough.”
Niki Collier's skills attracted the attention of the University of Missouri. After attending at Missouri volleyball camp, she decided to choose Missouri.
“My dad went to Mizzou, and I knew that I wanted to get out of California," Niki Collier said. "When I went to the MU volleyball camp, I had such a great experience, I knew that this was the place for me.”
Niki Collier’s first year playing at Rock Bridge and on hardcourt has been learning one, but her teammates have helped her adjust.
“This team has helped me so much with my transition,” Niki Collier said. “Everyone was so welcoming, we just instantly clicked.”
Niki will be graduating from Rock Bridge at the end of this semester, and she will begin her classes and training with MU volleyball team in the spring.