COLUMBIA — They've got to stay in the moment.
The No. 18-ranked Missouri volleyball team hosts Georgia on Friday, but it would be easy to get distracted with the match against No. 2 Florida right around the corner. The game against Georgia (14-4, 4-2 in the SEC) will test the Tigers' resolve: So far, the Tigers have a 21-0 record. Only one other team in the nation, Colorado State, remains undefeated.
"Georgia's a really good, solid team," coach Wayne Kreklow said. "[It's] somebody that's quite capable of beating us, you know, if we're not playing well."
So the Tigers must remain focused on the game at hand.
"The danger for us is, you know, you've got Florida kind of looming there on Sunday," Kreklow said. "So I hope we're not looking ahead. I think our players will be ready."
Defensive specialist Courtney Meek is no stranger to focus. The freshman needs it in order to balance school, volleyball and a social life. She's ready to compete with the right mindset against Georgia.
"I think it's going to be a really competitive match, and I'm excited to play them," Meek said. "I just think we, as a team, play better against tougher competition."
The match is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Hearnes Center. A Kids Karnival at 5:30 p.m. in the field house will offer a bounce house, face painting and poster-making. There will also be free pizza for Missouri students before the match.