Missouri volleyball team has fun off court in Nashville

Thursday, September 6, 2012 | 7:01 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — From dealing with rowdy fans, riding in a horse-drawn carriage while screaming MIZ-ZOU and getting decked out in cowboy attire, the Missouri volleyball team did more than bring home a tournament championship last weekend at the Lipscomb Invitational in Nashville, Tenn.

“We had so much fun there," sophomore defensive specialist Sarah Meister said. "This is probably the first tournament that we got to tour the city, and that was one of the most amazing things.”

The team's Twitter page shows pictures of the Tigers enjoying the city and having fun off the court.

“We walked around downtown, and there’s bars with live music everywhere. So we went and listened to live music, which was awesome,” sophomore defensive specialist, Niki Collier said. “We went in touristy shops, we tried on boots and crazy cowboy outfits. Molly (Kreklow) looked like she literally belonged in old western times."

Despite their off-the-court shenanigans, the team’s performance on the court was strong. Meister said the Tigers played a flawless game against Lipscomb University and “made the other teams work for their points.”

Freshman outside hitter Regan Peltier also set a personal milestone at the tournament.

“I got to start, and I had my record kills during our very first game against Houston,” said Peltier, who had 12 kills in the Tigers' victory over Houston.  

But the Lipscomb Invitational was not all fun for the team. During Missouri's match against Lipscomb, some rowdy fans tried to distract them. Collier said a few Lipscomb fans made comments about the Tigers' attire and asked them out on dates. One Tiger was called out for having a wedgie.

“It’s hard to block them out sometimes, but it has to be done," Collier said. "We get a lot worse."

Missouri continues road play this weekend against Valparaiso University, Morehead State University and Savannah State University at the Morehead State Invitational in Morehead, Ky.

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