COLUMBIA — The Missouri volleyball team's 2013 recruiting class has been ranked No. 18 in the country by PrepVolleyball.com.
The ranking places the Tigers third in the Southeastern Conference, trailing only Arkansas (16) and Tennessee (17). It is the highest ranking for Missouri since 2010 when the Tigers were ranked 14th nationally.
This year's class includes Carly Kan and Loxley Keala from Honolulu. Kan is a 5-foot-9 defensive specialist who was named the Hawaii state tournament MVP in 2012 after guiding Punahou to an 18-1 record and a state title. Keala is a 5-11 setter who was a two-time All-State selection at Iolani High School. She also competed in basketball and high jump and helped Iolani to a state runner-up finish in girls basketball in 2012.
Recruits from Missouri include Courtney Meek, a 5-5 defensive specialist from St. Joseph's Academy in St. Louis, Emily Thater, a 6-2 middle blocker from Kickapoo High School in Springfield, and Julia Towler, a 6-2 middle blocker/outside hitter from Blue Springs South High School.
The Tigers' final 2013 recruit is Linda Steinhardt, a 5-5 defensive specialist from Austin, Texas, who as a senior, helped guide Cedar Park High School to its first 40-win season.