COLUMBIA — Missouri women's volleyball was chosen for a fourth place finish in the Southeastern Conference East Division in 2012 in the SEC's annual preseason poll taken Monday, according to a release by Mizzou Athletics.
The Tigers finished only seven points short of second place (37 points). Kentucky took second (30 points), Florida took third (35 points) and Tennessee was the favorite with first place and 12 points.
The team, which will start preseason practice Wednesday, will be entering the SEC with a relatively young team.
There will be no seniors on this year's team, but powerhouse players Lisa Henning, Molly Kreklow, Whitney Little, Emily Wilson, Katie O'Brien, Sarah Meister and Jade Hayes will be returning.
Incoming transfer and the No. 9 recruit nationally in 2010, Taylor Simpson of Colorado Springs, Colo., has been added as an outside hitter and, according to the release, is "eligible to play immediately."
In terms of newcomers, "a pair of highly touted freshman will join this year's roster." Lydia Ely of St. Louis and Regan Peltier of Nixa will come in as a middle blocker and an outside hitter respectively.
"Ely should help the loss of Brittney Brimmage to graduation, as she is one of the tallest Tigers to ever enroll in the program, while Peltier gives the Tigers an all-around player that can help at nearly every position on the floor," the release said of the two new freshman.
The Tigers will play their first official game against North Florida on Aug. 24, and they will face preseason league-favorite Tennessee at home Sept. 12 for the first conference event.