Get to know Missouri's undefeated volleyball team

Friday, December 6, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CST
The Missouri volleyball team enters the NCAA volleyball tournament Friday with a 34-0 record, the best in program history.

COLUMBIA — Whether you're a seasoned fan or a new supporter, here are a few things you might not know about each of the Missouri volleyball players:

No. 1 Molly Kreklow, a senior setter from Delano, Minn., is the 2013 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year. She's also the niece of Missouri head coach Wayne Kreklow and director of volleyball Susan Kreklow.


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No. 2 Emily Thater, a freshman middle blocker from Springfield, Mo., is thrilled to represent her home state.

No. 3 Loxley Keala, a freshman setter from Honolulu, played beach volleyball in high school with current teammate Carly Kan.

No. 4 Sarah Meister, a junior libero from San Diego, Calif., is studying strategic communications and will probably start out her career in sports marketing and public relations.

No. 5 Lisa Henning, a senior outside hitter from Blue Springs, Mo., was named to the SEC Community Service Team this season. Throughout the year, she taught volleyball to local children, visited retirement homes and participated in other community service projects.

No. 6 Linda Steinhardt, a freshman setter and defensive specialist from Austin, Texas, has climbed up the side of Vernal Fall, a waterfall in Yosemite National Park. Her favorite book is "The Giver" by Lois Lowry.

No. 7 Julia Towler, a freshman middle blocker from Blue Springs, Mo., played piano for eight years and likes Mexican food.

No. 8 Whitney Little, a junior middle blocker from Keller, Texas, plans to open an outdoor restaurant called The Grill and Chill with Molly Kreklow when both are done with volleyball. If Little could spend a day with anyone it would be Miley Cyrus, so she could see what really goes on in the pop singer's daily life.

No. 9 Carly Kan, a freshman utility player from Honolulu, loves Goldfish crackers. If she could spend a day with anyone it would be one of her role models, sand volleyball phenom Misty May-Treanor.

No. 10 Lydia Ely, a sophomore middle blocker from St. Louis, is left-handed, she likes snacking on pickles, and if she could spend the day with anyone, it would be Jesus.

No. 11 Regan Peltier, a junior outside hitter and middle blocker from Nixa, Mo., idolized former Nebraska volleyball star Tracy Stalls as a child. Peltier's favorite movie is “The Guardian."

No. 12 Courtney Meek, a freshman defensive specialist from St. Louis, has flown over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter. She can also solve the Rubik's Cube.

No. 13 Emily Wilson, a junior outside hitter from Omaha, Neb., played the trombone in fifth grade. Her favorite movie is "The Blind Side."

Supervising editor is Sasu Siegelbaum.

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Michael Williams December 6, 2013 | 8:36 a.m.

I love the pics, but wish the individual stories had been fleshed out more.

A great team!

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