Get to Know: Mizzou Volleyball Freshmen

Aug. 8, 2014

COLUMBIA, Mo. - With the volleyball season rapidly approaching, there will be plenty of fresh faces on the court during the 2014 season. As the Tigers look to defend their SEC Championship, fans will be familiar with all of the players who helped guide Mizzou to a 34-0 regular season, but there will be four freshmen on this year's team. caught up with the four of them to help Tiger fans get to know the incoming class.
#1 Alexa Armendariz // 5-9 // DS // Blue Springs, Mo.

Thater Freshman
Nickname: LA
Favorite Movie: Home Alone 2
Favorite TV Show: Pretty Little Liars
Favorite Food: Macaroni
Favorite Pro Sports Team: Kansas City Royals
Childhood Idol: My sister (former Tiger libero Priscilla Armendariz)
Place You'd Most Like to Visit: Hawaii

Fun Fact: Alexa was the first ever Blue Springs South High School player to ever be named to the AVCA/Under Armour High School All-America Team.

Wayne Kreklow on Alexa: "LA obviously comes to us from a strong volleyball family - we coached her older sister Pip here for four years. She is a very steady passer and a great defender and is very quick in the back row. She is a very experienced and seasoned volleyball player and should figure into the mix as a freshman this season."

#14 Sydney Deeken // 6-1 // OH // California, Mo.

Little Sophomore
Nickname: Syd
Favorite Movie: The Last Song
Favorite TV Show: Pretty Little Liars
Favorite Food: Blackberries
Favorite Pro Sports Team: Miami Heat
Childhood Idol: My grandma
Place You'd Most Like to Visit: Paris

Fun Fact: Sydney holds the California High School records in the high jump, long jump and triple jump and was a State Champion in both the long jump and triple jump.

Wayne Kreklow on Sydney: "Syd is just an outstanding athlete and an elite jumper. She has been a multi-sport athlete her whole life and really started to focus heavily on volleyball a year ago so she has a really high ceiling. She has the size and athletic ability to be a featured player at the Division I level. She is a big, physical kid that can play at a really high level above the net. The biggest thing about her is she is just an elite jumper that should help us immediately."

#5 Ali Kreklow // 5-9 // S // Columbia, Mo.

Little Freshman
Nickname: Al
Favorite Movie: The Proposal
Favorite TV Show: One Tree Hill
Favorite Food: Spaghetti
Favorite Pro Sports Team: Boston Celtics
Childhood Idol: My mom and dad
Place You'd Most Like to Visit: Switzerland

Fun Fact: Plans to major in education at Mizzou with the hopes of becoming a teacher.

Wayne Kreklow on Ali: "I think Ali will be a great addition to the program. She has made tremendous strides this year and honestly, she has been a late-bloomer. She has come a long way in the last year-and-a-half and is doing an outstanding job. Being around our program she knows the game. She is a great setter and has great placement. She has developed into a really savvy setter and is going to help us in a lot of ways."

#15 Kasey Reuter // 6-1 // OH // Sioux Falls, Iowa

Little Freshman
Nickname: Kase
Favorite Movie: The Blindside
Favorite TV Show: One Tree Hill
Favorite Food: Sushi
Favorite Pro Sports Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Childhood Idol: My mom
Place You'd Most Like to Visit: Italy or Brazil

Fun Fact: Hails from the same high school as former Mizzou All-American Jessica Vander Kooi.

Wayne Kreklow on Kasey:"Kasey is another elite athlete - great leaper, quick, fast arm. Her athleticism will allow her to do a lot of things on the court for us. She comes to us from the same alma mater as one of our former All-Americans Jess Vander Kooi. She is another really outstanding multi-sport athlete and that speaks to her overall athletic ability. Like Sydney, she has a really high ceiling because of her athleticism. I am really excited about her potential."



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