I can't believe summer is almost over already! We have about 2 weeks left of workouts, and 3 weeks until we start practice. It is flying by so fast! But it isn't stopping us from working hard.
We are still lifting every day and conditioning Tuesday's and Thursday's, Thursday's in the sand. Which can be fun but also very challenging.
Anyways, we are so excited to have our new freshies here with us! We now have a complete team, and I couldn't be more excited to see what we will be able to accomplish. All of us are putting in so much hard work in the weight room and on the court that success will hopefully come to us this next season. Everyone is working well together and having fun which will make for an amazing next six months and beyond.
Our doubles games each day are starting to get very competitive, which is a great prelude into season. When it comes to the Tiger Challenge, black team is still winning...YUCK. GO GOLD :) If it is a physical challenge, black team wins. But if we have to think or sprint, it usually goes to the gold.
One of the goals we talked about in our meeting last week for next year is to be an Academic All-American team and with how all of our summer classes are going, I think we may just accomplish it! I can't wait to see what this season has in store for all of us, but until then we are going to continue to work hard and better ourselves. I hope Molly is having fun in Peru with the National Team!
We are finishing up these last two weeks by going hard!
Paige Buchanan #12
We had our one and only stair workout of the summer on Monday. We were in the arena and we ran up a flight of stairs 16 times. We did jumps, bounds, and sprints up the stairs. It wasn't too bad, but all of our legs were feeling kind of shaky by the end of it!
This past weekend, a group of us made a trip to the Lake of the Ozarks to Maggie's family's condo. It was Sydney, Kendra, Maggie, me and a former player, Bekah Mills. We had a great time and got some pretty nice tans! It was a perfect, relaxing weekend.
We calculated how many hours we have left of workouts for the summer on Monday and it is only 33 more hours! We had a team meeting with Coach P on Monday and it helped us to get recharged for working hard these last couple of weeks. The main goal for us these last couple weeks is to push ourselves even when we are feeling exhausted.
Now I would like to introduce two of our seniors, Bre Brock and Christine Flores. Both are from San Antonio, Texas.
Bre doesn't get to travel home very often because of the distance, but her favorite thing to do when she is home is to hang out with her family. Bre is really close to her family. We are always hearing her talk about her nieces! Her favorite thing to do in Columbia is go to the movies and her favorite restaurant here is CC Broilers. Two things you may not know about Breezer is that she can sew (I didn't even know that!) and she absolutely loves children. One thing Bre has learned over her years at MU is that there is nothing wrong with asking for help. Bre said the biggest difference from being a freshman to now being a senior is the accountability. As a freshman, it was all about being new to the "college life" but now as a senior its all about being accountable, dependable and being able to help the younger girls on the team.
Christine's favorite thing to do at home is to hang with her family and friends. Christine has younger twin siblings that she loves spending time with. Her favorite thing to do in Columbia is going outside with her two dogs, Riley and NuNu and going to Devil's Icebox. Her favorite restaurant in Columbia is Gumby's. Two things you may not know about Cflo are that she can do the splits and that she used to play the flute. One thing Christine has learned over the years is how to manage her time better. The biggest change for her is the amount of discipline she now has and she has noticed that her work effort changed.
Peace, Love and Basketball.
This past week we finished up our June session
of summer workouts. Our first month
really flew by! In the weight room, I think
it is safe to say that all of us got much stronger. All of our weights were constantly increasing
in the exercises. Now in July, we will
be doing more conditioning. In June, we
did more agilities. We are also doing
conditioning four times a week now instead of the two times a week that we were
doing in June. Only one more month of
This past weekend, all of us went out of
town. Some people went home, some went
to different lakes, Sydney went to Tennessee and Paige even went to Los
Angeles. I went home on Friday, spent
all of Saturday at Baring Lake in Edina, Mo. and went to Kansas City on Monday
to watch fireworks before heading back to Columbia. From the sound of it today in the locker
room, everyone had a great holiday weekend.
Now I will let you in on sophomore Maggie
Flynn and junior Sydney Crafton.
Maggie's favorite thing to do when she goes
home is eat at the local restaurants such as Mr. D's and Mustang Sally's. But her favorite restaurant in Columbia is
Flat Branch. Her favorite thing to do in
Columbia is to hang out with her friends and teammates. Maggie's favorite memory from last year was
our trip to the Virgin Islands and playing against Tennessee and beating
Georgetown. Two things you may not know
about Mag are that her right pinky finger does not ever straighten. The injury happened in high school, but now
instead of giving high fives, she gives high four and a halfs. Also, Maggie drives a Jeep named
Beverly. Something that Maggie has
learned about Sydney is that Syd always just goes with the flow and that she is
an easy going farm girl.
Sydney's favorite thing to do at home is to go
to her grandparent's farm and help out.
She does a variety of chores like raking hay and mowing the yard. Her favorite thing to do in Columbia is to
hang out with the team. Sydney's
favorite restaurant in Columbia is Red Lobster.
Syd's favorite memory of last year was beating Iowa State on Senior
Night by one in the final seconds of the game.
Two things you may not know about her is that she loves country music,
especially George Strait, and that she drives a stick shift. Something that Sydney has learned about
Maggie is that Maggie is really outspoken, loud and always has something
positive to say.
Two weeks fire free!
Peace, Love and Basketball.
This past weekend we had Individual Camp. All of us worked the camp and it was a lot of fun. This was my first time to actually coach younger girls. Each of us was given a team of about 10 girls and the teams played each other throughout camp. I really enjoyed coaching and it was awesome to see the girls improve with each game. It was fun to see all of the different personalities of the younger girls in the camp and to see their personalities come out as they got more comfortable with us.
Monday was our first day to have agilities in the Divine Indoor Practice Facility. For the sophomores, it was our first time to have a workout on the indoor football field. The workout went really well! It was good to get in a workout in a different environment. After agilities, we had weights and then open gym. Needless to say, we were all worn out after Monday's workouts.
Now I will let you in on a little more about me and my roommate and fellow sophomore, Paige Spietz.
Paige's favorite thing to do when she goes home is to play sand volleyball with her family and friends on the sand volleyball court at her house and to hang out on the Spietz farm. Her favorite thing to do in Columbia is grilling out at our apartment and her favorite restaurant in Columbia is El Rancho. Her favorite memory from last year is our trip to the Virgin Islands. Two things you may not know about Paige is that she loves playing ping pong and she loves listening to country music. Paige said something she has learned about me is that I could eat cereal for every meal, which is very true.
Now it's my turn. My favorite thing to do when I go home is to go out to eat with family and friends. I also love seeing my horses. We just got our fourth horse the other day! My favorite thing to do in Columbia is to go to the pools with my teammates or going to football games. I absolutely love Chipotle here in Columbia. My favorite memory from last year would actually be all of the memories we made as a team on the road trips, in hotels, at restaurants, and on the buses. Two things you may not know about me is that I can play the harp and piano and that I once broke both of my wrists at the same time because I fell off my scooter. Both of my arms were in tie-dye casts! Something I have learned about Paige is that she has a sick obsession with sour cream and that she is always "down to clown." Meaning that Paige can always find the fun in something. There is never a dull moment around her and you can almost always hear laughter around us.
Oh! I almost forgot, Paige and I are now one week free of any fires happening in our apartment!
Peace, Love and Basketball.
Teamwork is Togetherness, Excellence, Accountability, Motivation, Will, Optimism, Respect and Knowledge.
When a team is at its best, all the individuals-top to bottom- are working together for a common goal. Egos have no place. Who gets the credit is of no importance. The team, in turn, makes the individual better. A team has to put their personal interests aside and in other words, "Die to self!" We can't win every game by ourselves; it takes the whole team to win the game. The more that our teammates can do, the better off the team will be. A team shouldn't care who gets the most kills, aces, assists, blocks, or digs. At the end of the game, all that matters is if we won as a TEAM!
Human nature compels us to look out for ourselves first and think of others second. But we are supposed to live a life of serving others. We should put others first even when we are asked to do the unthinkable. For example, if you had to decide being the coach with the best record, the leading scorer on the team, or the team manager which would you choose and why? I am sure most of us wouldn't choose to be the manager...But thank you Matthew Porter for stepping up to the plate for that one!
The natural tendency for the spotlight can cause us not to value serving others as much as we should. The challenge for our team this year is that we step out beyond our comfort zone and be the team we know we can be; sharing the qualities it takes to have TEAMWORK.
A leader is about Love, Encouragement, Attitude, Discipline, Enduring, and Responsibility.
Being a leader is about living a life without gaps - being one of integrity and great character. Who are you when no one is looking? In sports, the presence of gaps can be costly. For a football team, it may be an offensive lineman who misses an assignment and gives his defensive opponent a clear shot at the quarterback. For a soccer or hockey team, it may be a goalkeeper who drifts too far from their post and gives the opposing offense a wide-open shot. For a volleyball team, it may be a hitter who transitioned early instead of blocking and left an open net for the opposing middle hitter and leaving her defensive teammate a chance to dig a ball straight to the face. No matter the sport, one thing remains the same: gaps can negatively impact an athlete's or a team's chance at success.
Our other team challenge this year is to take our eyes off of ourselves and cheer on those around us, living without gaps. Our encouragement and words of praise will make a difference! Completing our challenge will show that Mizzou Volleyball has taken over the sports world and started motivating, encouraging, and inspiring through building up. Our team will show that we are the team that sets the standard, everywhere you turn, Mizzou Volleyball will be the example team that refreshes, builds, and brings life into the locker room, the court, and our team huddle; that we become committed to infusing life into others through our intentional words of nourishment. People will feast off our encouragement, and ladies, "WE WILL CONQUER THE BEAST!" Proverbs 14:23 says, "There is profit in all hard work..." In other words- "LET'S DO WORK!!" J
Week two flew by! During the week we had our elite camp and this weekend we had the team camp. Most of us worked both camps and they went really well. This weekend, us players had to run the game clocks for all the games. So, there wasn't a lot of excitement this weekend, until Paige and I came home.
On Friday, our apartment got repainted and Paige and I had to take everything off the countertops. I put a cardboard box of Gushers in the oven. Can you see where this is going yet? Paige and I being the excellent chefs that we are, decided to bake fish that night. We forgot about the box. We noticed smoke coming out of the stove top and from the bottom of the oven. We opened the oven door and realized the box of Gushers was on fire! At first, we were kind of panicking but somehow we got it together and performed under pressure. Paige grabbed the fire extinguisher and shoved it on to me and told me to "use it!!" I had never used a fire extinguisher before and couldn't figure out how to use it. With the smoke getting heavier, I told to grab the scissors, I cut the plastic safety loop, pulled the pin, and shot the extinguisher. By this point, our entire apartment was filled with smoke and our apartment was covered in the dust from the extinguisher. So after a long day at the gym working camp, we got to come home and put out a fire, and then clean the kitchen and give the oven a really good scrubbing. At times, our apartment still smells like smoke. There's never a dull moment around here.
Now I want to introduce you to two of our new girls. Junior college transfer, Liz Smith, and freshmen Morgan Eye. I was able to catch up with them Monday after we scrimmaged.
Liz said her transition from her junior college to Mizzou hasn't been too bad. The hardest part is the classes. At her JC, her classes weren't too difficult for her and she only had two hours of class three times a week. Now, she has class everyday. She is taking Sociology of Family Life and Health Professions. Liz wants to go into physical therapy. Liz said her biggest challenge since being here is getting used to playing at the next level, against stronger girls and with a higher intensity. Liz is excited for this year and the change of scenery that it brings. When she took her visit, she said she loved the campus, even though the size of the campus means a lot of walking to get to class. Liz really likes how Coach P is able to bring everyone on the team together. There is such a mixture of personalities, yet there is no clashing. Finally, I asked Liz about her roommate Morgan Eye. Liz said Morgan loves That 70's Show, a TV show, and has a pretty strong country accent.
Next was Morgan Eye. Morgan is from an extremely small town, Montrose, Mo. She said her adjustment from a small town to Mizzou hasn't been too bad. It's a lot bigger here but it's not too crazy yet. Then again, it's only the summer. There will be about 30,000 more people on campus in a few months. Morgan's biggest challenge has been playing with a new team. The girls she had previously played with were the same girls she had been playing with her entire career. She is figuring out how to play at a faster tempo with a greater amount of toughness. Morgan said she is having fun living in the dorms and meeting new people. She said they did their laundry for the first time and it took longer than it should have. Also, Bree (Fowler) had to wash her clothes twice because she used too much detergent the first time. I remember those days. I think my mom had to walk me through my first laundry experience. Morgan said she has learned that Liz is half Filipino and always making funny comments.
I think it is safe to say that all of the new girls are really enjoying their time here at Mizzou.
Peace, Love and Basketball.
Hey Mizzou Volleyball fans!
The team is back at it and working very hard! The summer is very important for our team because we take classes, we do team workouts and we have open gyms.
Our team workouts are Monday- Thursday from 6am to 8am. These workouts consist of lifting and conditioning. We also spend time working on agility and quickness. Coach Stewart is in charge of these workouts and he makes us work really hard. Since last week was our first week, a lot of people were tired and sore including me! The team also spends time playing doubles. We started a tournament in which we pick doubles partners at random and then we play all the other teams. We end up playing 3-4 games to 15 and we keep track of how many games everyone wins. At the end of June there will be one winner, which will be the person with the best record. This is really fun because it gives everyone a chance to play with and against everyone. And it also gives everyone a chance to play all positions since we play 2 vs. 2 (Everyone is required to pass, set and hit at some point). This summer we have decided to have open gym Monday -Thursday right after we're done with workouts. On Monday and Wednesday we play indoors and on Tuesday and Thursday we play outside on the sand courts.
We have also added another member to our team, Melissa Hartsel! She is one of our new freshmen and she is joining us for summer workouts. So far she is doing a great job!! She joins Brit, Niki, Lisa and I on the BLACK TEAM for Tiger Challenge!
We're getting excited for the upcoming season and we hope all you are too!!!
Our first week is over with. We have seven more weeks, or another way to look at it is that we have 28 more days to workout and get better. Monday, we had another agilities workout at 7 a.m. Some of us joke and say, you know you're an athlete when you have already taken a nap before 10 a.m. We are always looking for time to fit in a nap!
Our first camp started yesterday. We have all worked it, some more than others, and it has been a lot of fun interacting with the campers. This is the elite camp, so all of the girls here are working hard.
I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce some of our new players and let you in on a little more about our returning players. This week you will get to know two freshmen, Kyley Simmons and Bree Fowler.
I first sat down with Kyley, who told me her full name was Kyley Jean Simmons. If you didn't already catch it, "Jean Simmons" like the Kiss rock star. Anyways, Kyley said that her first week on campus was a bit overwhelming. She said she felt a bit lost in the workouts because everything was so new to her. This week though, she feels like it is all starting to come together. One of her worries about coming into college was not knowing how to act around the team. I would say that Kyley is fitting in perfectly! Kyley said the hardest thing she has had to do so far at Mizzou is judging the time. She is always worried that she will be late, but she hasn't been late yet! I also asked Kyley what she has learned about her roommate, Bree Fowler. Apparently, Bree likes to find shortcuts when trying to go places. She is always trying to find the shortest and quickest way, whether its parking in a parking lot or driving on campus. Also, one thing not many people know about Kyley is that she loves to sing, even though she says she is not very good at it.
Next was Bree Fowler. Bree's first week was interesting. She was anxious to do the workouts and to find out what it was all about. The hardest thing so far for Bree is not quite having a routine yet, that will come though. She said her theater class has been a challenge for her because she has to really open up about herself and let her guard down. This will be great to carry over for the team! We are such an open group of girls, which basically translates into a group of sisters. Bree is ready to make an impact on the team. Bree comes from a large family that consists of two brothers and four sisters. One unique talent of Bree's is that she can beat box. One thing she has noticed about her roommate Kyley, is that every night before Kyley gets into her bed, she wipes her feet. Apparently, their floor is a little dirty.
I hope that you feel like you know a little more about some of our new girls! Each week I will introduce two more players.
Peace, Love, and Basketball.
This week has flown by! Workouts started on Tuesday with weightlifting and playing 5 on 5. We spent Wednesday, our day off, with a little team time. The whole team went to Christine's apartment and we grilled hamburgers, had chips and brownies and went swimming. It was a lot of fun! We're the type of team that can have fun and laugh just standing around in a kitchen. There is never going to be a dull moment with this group of girls.
Back to the workouts. We jumped right in on Tuesday and Coach Linn was really working us. I think every single one of us is a little sore, but it's a good sore! Being sore means you're working hard, right? It has been great being back in the gym with the team and with the new girls. We've now had 5 on 5 twice and every game has been close and competitive. When we play 5 on 5, we usually play around seven games to seven. We really try to get after it. The best part is that we all get after it, but we still have fun and enjoy playing. We also had our first morning workout. Thursday morning we had agilities at 7 a.m. Luckily, we only have to get up for morning workouts twice a week.
A quick update on Paige and I living on our own, we're learning how to cook! We've cooked almost every night. We aren't cooking gourmet meals, but we are mastering the simple foods like corn on the cob, baked potatoes, frozen vegetables, rice, spaghetti, grilled chicken and potato casserole. I feel like that's pretty impressive, for us anyways!
Peace, Love, and Basketball.
Women's basketball player Tori Niemann will write a weekly blog entry to keep Tiger fans in the know on the Mizzou women's basketball team. Check back early week for updates!
It's almost time to move back to Columbia. I feel like my time at home has flown by, but I'm excited to go back to school and be in the gym with my teammates, old and new. There are eight of us returning and we are welcoming five new faces to our family. I cannot believe that Paige, Maggie and I have a year of experience under our belts. I still remember our first couple of weeks at school. We had big eyes and constantly felt lost. We were never exactly sure where to go or how hard a workout was going to be or what a class was going to be like, but we survived. I think this summer will be a little more relaxed and it will be our turn to help the new wide-eyed freshmen become adjusted.
On Memorial Day, I went to Gorin, Missouri, and visited the cemetery my grandpa is buried in. He was a World War II veteran. All of the veteran's graves were marked with small flags and the drive was lined with larger flags. It was a neat moment when we first pulled in to see so many flags. After spending a moment at my grandpa's grave, my mom showed us some other graves of much older relatives. We were able to find my great-great-great-great grandma Beersheba's grave (how would you like to have that for a name?). It was a good day and I got to learn more about where I come from. We should all be thankful for the heroes that are serving and have served our country as well as being thankful for our families that are here or that have passed on.
Next time you hear from me I will be in Columbia!
Peace, Love, and Basketball.