The Missouri volleyball team made a strong comeback from its 3-1 loss against Texas A&M on Friday night. The Tigers swept Georgia 3-0 (25-15, 25-23, 25-11) on Sunday afternoon in the Hearnes Center, and the team's student spirit group, VolleyZou, was there as always cheering them to victory.
"Just because records and scores change that doesn't mean our spirit will," said Jimmy Paul, a freshman VolleyZou member.
Although VolleyZou's attendance was lower than it was Friday, a few of the dedicated members came out to cheer for the Tigers on Sunday. Some even marked their stomachs with letters spelling out "OUR HOUSE," as a reminder for the team to play their best.
While VolleyZou hoped to inspire the Tigers to play their best, head coach Wayne Kreklow had a few different words about Sunday's game.
"It was kind of a better performance," Kreklow said. "It was still a bit more sloppy than I would have wanted, but I thought our kids did a good of bouncing back after a tough one Friday night."
Kreklow said the team's increase in communication and the amount of energy during Saturday's practice are a few of the reasons for their improved performance on Sunday.
“They probably were scared I was going to run them to death,” Kreklow said with smirk after describing the positive energy of the team at their practice after Friday’s loss.
Sophomore middle blocker Whitney Little also made a comeback of her own. She matched the school record of four 10-block matches in her career, tying with the record of Tigers All-American Christi Myers.
“Last year was kind of a learning experience trying to understand everything” said Little. “And now I just want to be the best.”