COLUMBIA — The Missouri volleyball team might be young, but expectations are high for this freshmen-laden group.
Missouri vs. Binghamton, 12:30 p.m.
Missouri vs. Idaho State, 7 p.m.
Missouri vs. Tulane, 12:30 p.m.
Missouri vs. North Dakota State, 7 p.m.
All matches at Hearnes Center
"They are so nervous," she said. "I remember being the same way. We let them know that being nervous is natural thing."
Henning said inviting the freshman in and making the freshmen feel like they are part of the team is important. After a long day working out, the entire team eats dinner at the Mizzou Athletic Training Complex.
Missouri coach Wayne Kreklow said the upcoming Tiger Invitational is a chance for his new players to learn. The two-day tournament features five teams. Missouri will face Binghamton and Idaho State on Friday at Hearnes Center.
"I think it's an opportunity for these guys to get in a competitive situation," Kreklow said. "For us, the focus is to get them to relax, stay focused and just play."
But Kreklow isn't sure what to expect from these early tournaments.
"I've never seen them in a competitive situation," he said. "Honestly, it's hard to know how these guys will perform. We hope to see a real focus on playing with composure."