COLUMBIA — The success of the Missouri volleyball team has been the talk of the fall. Here are some reactions from loyal fans in the community:
Kate Buster, 12, is a seventh grader at Jefferson Middle School. She plays for Club CoMo's under-13 volleyball team in Columbia.
To me, Mizzou Volleyball is special. I’m short so I really look up to the players, but I also look up to them for their power and personalities. Their teamwork is amazing, each one moves so quickly to get to their next spot and to hit the ball.
Watching them go undefeated makes me want to say, “Hey I know her!” Or “she helped me at volleyball camp!” It makes me proud to live in Missouri and to cheer for the team. The excitement of the games this season have kept me on the edge of my chair!
When I watch them play and I see an amazing tip, dig, serve, set, or hit, it makes me want to try that during my games. I love the way they are always bent down and ready to go. I think they have had such a great season because every time a player contacts the ball it’s always good. Every girl on the team perseveres, they won’t stop till they win.
Every time I watch them play, I’m sure I’m smiling a lot with big eyes. It’s a huge title to say that you are a Mizzou Volleyball player.
Lauren Alexander, 18, is a freshman at MU. She hopes to be an accounting major, and she's from Springfield, Mo. Her cousin is current Missouri volleyball player sophomore Lydia Ely.
It’s a Mizzou tradition to sway and sing the alma mater after a home game. At the end of each game this season, after the team finishes their final huddle, I happily greet my favorite player and cousin, Lydia Ely (#10), to join me in this grand tradition.
In the earlier games of the season, it didn’t seem like a big deal to be saying “nice win!” to her as the team came over to the student section. Then there came the Georgia game, one of our tougher opponents for the semester. There was just something so exciting about the crowd belting out Taylor Swift’s “22” celebrating our 22-0 record as Lydia joined me in the crowd.
That same weekend we already needed a new celebratory song as we defeated at the time, No. 2 Florida to give us a 23-0 record. I think every member of VolleyZou lost their voices that weekend cheering on the team, and we continue happily to do this every weekend for our volleyball team.
The best part of being part of such a successful team is seeing everyone’s pride in the team. Riding around campus promoting the games, everyone shouted back in enthusiasm for our stellar team, excited for the upcoming games to get painted up and cheer “Point Mizzou!”
This growing excitement has been seen with every game, as I watch the Hearnes grow fuller and fuller with each game. The “M-I-Z” rallies have become so loud that they are almost always followed by a “Point Mizzou!” cheer. To put it simply, there’s never been a season like this one. Mizzou volleyball has been unstoppable and it’s been amazing to be able to have been able to watch history unfold before our eyes.