Sept. 18, 2013
By Derrick Lin, Mizzou Strategic Communications Assistant
Courtney Meek is a freshman defensive specialist from St. Louis, Missouri. There was never any question in Courtney's mind about where she was going to go to college.
"I have always been a Mizzou fan," Meek said. "I would come to watch games as a kid and now I'm here."
Courtney's lifelong status as a Mizzou fan can most likely be attributed to her mother, Chris, who graduated from Mizzou in 1990. Courtney is following in her father's footsteps as a college athlete. John Meek played soccer at St. Louis University and later at Clemson where he won the 1987 national championship
Last year at St. Joseph's Academy, Courtney's volleyball team was ranked 39th in the nation and second in the state. During her three years of varsity volleyball, she won three conference championships, two district championships, and a state championship. Courtney also played varsity basketball and that team was nationally ranked as well. Also a part of that team were current Mizzou basketball players Maddie and Morgan Stock.
Courtney still gets together with the Stock sisters whenever they can work it into their busy schedules. "They are familiar faces and nice to hang out with," Meek said of the Stock sisters. In all, 40 people from St. Joseph's Academy joined Courtney at Mizzou this year. "It's nice to walk around campus and see people that I know."
Mizzou's recruiting class is ranked 18th in the nation this year, and the six freshman make up the second biggest recruiting class in the volleyball program's history. Courtney and the other freshmen give the team a lot of depth which makes practices very competitive.
"It makes practice difficult and hard to get points," Meek said of having so many good players. "It makes games a lot easier." The high level of competition in practice makes for longer vollies and gives a better representation of actual match play. The team is still undefeated, so the intense scrimmages seem to be one of the keys to success.
Junior Sarah Meister
has been Meek's model for success. Meister plays libero and was a force on defense for the Tigers last year. "I'm learning a lot from her," Meek said of Meister. "She leads by example."
Meek is trying to follow Meister's example and climb through the ranks. "I hope to be libero one day."
A few weeks ago in the Tiger Invitational, Meek got her first experience of college volleyball. "It was on the spur of the moment," Meek said of Coach Kreklow's quick substitution for her. "It was great to get in with the best players from the area."
Meek said that she got comfortable shortly after entering the match. "At first, I was nervous, but then my adrenaline got going." It's fair to say that everyone's adrenaline is pumping after the team's hot start. It will be interesting to see how far Courtney and her talented group of freshmen can push the Tigers this season.