COLUMBIA — The Missouri Tigers volleyball team was picked Tuesday to finish third in the Southeastern Conference.
The Tigers earned one first place vote from the league's coaches. The preseason ranking is the highest the team has been picked to finish in a conference since 2005 when they were picked to finish second in the Big 12, according to the news release.
"After the top-15 AVCA ranking yesterday, this gives our fans a lot to be excited about and it should be great motivation for our team," head coach Wayne Kreklow said in a news release. "After losing two first team All-Americans, being picked third by the other coaches shows the amount of respect that people around the league and country have for the talent we have coming back."
Missouri finished last season 35-1 overall and 18-0 in SEC play.
Florida was picked to finish first in the conference with 12 first place votes, and Kentucky was picked second.
Two Missouri volleyball players, senior Whitney Little and sophomore Carly Kan, were selected Tuesday to the preseason All-SEC team, according to a news release.
Little set the school record last season in total blocks, solo blocks and hitting percentage. She needs 38 blocks this season to set the school career blocking record.
Kan is coming off one of the best freshman seasons in program history after being named the SEC and Associated Volleyball Coaches Association's Southeast Region Freshman of the Year. Kan was the only player in the SEC last season to average 3.00 kills per set and 3.00 digs per set.
The Tigers kick off the season with its annual Black and Gold scrimmage at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Hearnes Center.