Molly Kreklow was widely regarded as the top setter in the country in 2013.
Feb. 20, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou volleyball team earned more postseason awards following its 35-1, SEC Champion season as it claimed multiple awards at the 2014 WIN for Columbia Award Presentation on Thursday (Feb. 20). Assistant coaches Deng Yang and Lindsey Hunter shared the Female Coach of the Year Award while senior setter Molly Kreklow earned Collegiate Sportswoman of the Year. In addition, Mizzou volleyball sports psychology expert Scotta Morton was a finalist for WIN Mentor of the Year for her work with the volleyball program in 2013. Lastly, the Mizzou volleyball team was honored as the WINner's Choice Award recipient after its historic season.
"I am just really happy for everyone who was honored today," head coach Wayne Kreklow said. "I think the awards reflect the type of culture that we have at Mizzou. We are a family - everyone that touches our program is outstanding at what they do - and I couldn't be happier for Lindsey, Deng Yang and Molly as they were great representatives of our program all season long.
"Lindsey and Deng Yang have been such a vital part of our success for the last several years, not just this year," Kreklow added. "The two of them put in so many hours and are able to relate to our kids on a whole different level, which is what really sets them apart. Deng Yang has been with us a long time and she does so many things that help us as a staff. Hunter has developed into one of the nation's top young assistants after an unbelievable playing career here, so to see her succeed as a coach is thrilling as well. We don't have the type of success that we had without those two last season."
Deng Yang, who just finished her 14th season at Mizzou, has been with Wayne and Susan Kreklow since they took over the program in 2000. A do-it-all coach, Deng Yang 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. She has shown a great ability to relate to young kids in her time at Mizzou as well, which was a key part of her nomination for Coach of the Year.
Hunter, who just finished her fourth season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Tigers, is one of the rising stars in the college volleyball community. She deals primarily with the Tiger setters and mentored Molly Kreklow to SEC Player of the Year honors and AVCA and Volleyball Magazine First Team All-America honors in 2013. An All-American setter herself as a player, Hunter has also blossomed into one of the nation's top recruiters, responsible for a pair of top-20 recruiting, including last year's class that checked in at No. 18 nationally. That class saw four regulars in the Tiger lineup that went 35-1, claiming the school's first-ever SEC Championship, including SEC Freshman of the Year Carly Kan.
Molly Kreklow's Collegiate Sportswoman of the Year Award is another for the Tiger setter who has piled up the awards following her performance in 2013. She led the nation in assists per set and guided the Mizzou offense to national-best marks in team hitting, assists and kills as the Tigers boasted the best offense in the nation in 2013. She is currently in Anaheim, Calif., participating in the USA Volleyball National Team Training Block.
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