Missouri volleyball team gets pat on the back, chance at U.S. national team spots

Thursday, February 20, 2014 | 7:41 p.m. CST

The University of Missouri volleyball team claimed multiple awards at the 2014 Women’s Intersport Network for Columbia award presentation on Thursday.

Assistant coaches Deng Yang and Lindsey Hunter shared the Female Coach of the Year Award, former Missouri star Molly Kreklow won Collegiate Sportswoman of the Year and her team was honored as the WINner’s Choice Award recipient.

Yang just finished her 14th season at Mizzou and has been with Wayne and Susan Kreklow since they took over the program in 2000.  She works primarily with the hitters in practice and aids in the day-to-day operations of the volleyball office while also assisting in the coordination of recruiting.

Hunter deals primarily with recruiting and the Tiger setters. Hunter mentored Kreklow to Southeastern Conference Player of the Year honors and American Volleyball Coaches Association and Volleyball Magazine First Team All-America honors in 2013.

Kreklow is currently in Anaheim, Calif., training with the U.S. National Women’s Volleyball Team.

Four of her old teammates will take their shot at getting to where she is this weekend in Colorado.

The national team is holding open tryouts Friday through Sunday at the U.S. Olympic Training Facility in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Tigers will be represented by AVCA All-Americans Carly Kan and Whitney Little, along with rising seniors Sarah Meister and Emily Wilson.

This year, there will be 248 student-athletes in the tryouts, representing 106 colleges and universities, both record numbers. Tryouts are for spots on U.S. Women’s National Team and/or U.S. Collegiate National Teams program.

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