March 3, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Volleyball Magazine announced its annual NFINITY Girl's Fab 50 list in its April edition and three Tiger signees found their way onto the list. Jade Hayes (Ozark, Mo.), Whittney Little (Keller, Texas) and Emily Wilson (Omaha, Neb.) all landed on the Fab 50 list, which attempts to rank the nation's top 50 volleyball recruits each season. Mizzou and Texas were the only teams that will be in the Big 12 next season that landed three recruits on the list.
"We are very excited to see these three student-athletes earn a spot on this prestigious list," head coach Wayne Kreklow said. "I think it speaks volumes to what is going on here at Mizzou. We have a great staff, great facilities and great fan support along with top-notch academics and that allows us to be able to attract some of the nation's elite volleyball players. Whitney, Emily and Jade are going to be great players and will carry on our proud volleyball tradition here at Mizzou."
Hayes, who hails from Ozark, Mo., has seen the accolades come piling in after her career at Ozark High School. She is a two-time Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year (2009, 2010) and was named AVCA National Player of the Year among high school juniors after leading Ozark to a MSHSAA Class 4A State title in 2009. She was also named Most Undeniable Player (MVP) at the AVCA/Under Armour High School All-America match last season. Hayes has enrolled early at Mizzou to begin training with the Tigers this spring.
Little made the list as she has also seen plenty of awards and honors following her high school and club career in Keller, Texas. She was named Fort Worth Star-Telegram Player of the Year in 2010 and has been named to the PrepVolleyball.com Senior Aces List. She also appeared on the AVCA/Under Armour High School All-America watch list after guiding Keller Central High School to a 31-4 overall record and a District 7-5A title. She was the District 7-5A MVP as well after averaging 22 kills per match, including a pair of 30-kill efforts with 32 at Coppell High School and 35 against Justin Northwest.
The Fab 50 nod marks the second straight season that Wilson has landed on a Volleyball Magazine list as she was a member of its Top 25 Underclassmen to watch following the 2008 season. She was first team Nebraska All-State twice in her career at Gross Catholic and was named Super-State Volleyball First Team MVP in 2010 as well. She led Gross Catholic to back-to-back state titles in 2009 and 2010 and her team never finished lower than third at the State Championships during her tenure. She is the younger sister of former Tiger Catie Wilson (Omaha, Neb.).
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