COLUMBIA, Mo. - Fresh off of its most successful season in program history, the Mizzou volleyball program has announced the signing of three prospects to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday (Dec. 11). The three players joining the program in 2014 will be Sydney Deeken (6-1, OH, California, Mo.), Ali Kreklow (5-9, S, Columbia, Mo.) and Kasey Reuter (6-0, OH, Hinton, Iowa).
"Overall, I am just really excited about this class," head coach Wayne Kreklow said. "The thing that stands out to me the most about this group is the overall athletic ability. All three of the kids are multi-sport athletes and have incredibly high ceilings. I think the track & field numbers alone will speak to the type of athletes that these kids are. They are all high-character kids that will fit into our program very well. They are great competitors and should carry on the outstanding tradition of quality student-athletes here at Mizzou."
OH | 6-1 | California, Mo. (California) Club Team: Invasion
NOTEWORTHY: HIGH SCHOOL: A high-flying Missouri native, Deeken ranked at No. 57 on the PrepVolleyball.com Senior Aces List and was a MSHSAA First Team All-State selection during her senior season ... Also named to the MSHSAA All-State Second Team as a junior in 2012 ... She was coached by California head coach Julie Bailey and led her team to a pair of conference championships in 2010 and 2011 and a district title in 2010 ... Named Conference MVP in 2012 and 2013 and was a first team All-District selection from 2011-13 ... Second team All-Region and second team All-State in 2012 ... Also competed in basketball and track & field at California ... Excelled in track & field as she holds the California school records in the high jump, long jump and triple jump as she is a gifted leaper ... Was the Missouri State Champion in both the long jump and the triple jump in her junior season and finished seventh in the high jump ... As a sophomore, she was second in the state in the long jump and state champion in both the high jump and triple jump as well ... Was first team All-State on the basketball floor as well in her junior season and a three-time All-Conference and All-District honoree ... Member of the honor roll in every semester of high school and a member of National Honor Society.
CLUB: Played for head coach Mark Ethridge of Invasion and will play with fellow signee Ali Kreklow this winter ... Competed at 18-open National Championships in 2013 and guided her team to a 13th-place finish ... Also competed in the USAVB Junior National Championships.
PERSONAL: Was born March 6, 1996, to parents Jim and Mary Beth Deeken ... Is currently undecided on her major ... Sister, Caitlin, played golf at Bradley (2007-11) ... Father, Jim, earned his Master's in School Administration from Mizzou.
WAYNE KREKLOW ON SYDNEY DEEKEN:
"She 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."
S | 5-9 | Columbia, Mo. (Rock Bridge) Club Team: Performance Volleyball, Invasion
NOTEWORTHY: HIGH SCHOOL: Is the daughter of Mizzou head coach and director of volleyball Wayne and Susan Kreklow ... Led Rock Bridge High School, coached by Robin Sherman, to the 4A State Quarterfinals in her senior season and was an All-State honorable mention pick in 2013 ... Was the Bruins' team captain in 2012 and 2013 ... Was a four-time All-District honoree in high school and was named to the All-Region team in each of her final three seasons at Rock Bridge ... Was a four-time Academic All-State honoree as well ... Guided the team to District Championships in 2010 and 2013 ... Member of National Honors Society and was the on the Student Council at Rock Bridge in 2011 and 2012 before becoming Student Council secretary ... Was an FCA leader and a member of Tri Theta, Rock Bridge Reaches Out, Bruins United and K-Life as well.
CLUB: Was a member of Performance Volleyball ... Guided her team to a Crossroads title in the National Division ...Team was a Show-Me Qualifier in the National Division ... Qualified for the USA Junior National Championship in 2013 ... Will play with Invasion with fellow signee Sydney Deeken under the direction of coach Mark Ethridge.
PERSONAL: Born August 29, 1995, to parents Wayne and Susan Kreklow in Columbia, Mo. ... Plans to major in elementary education while at Mizzou the goals of becoming a teacher ... Comes from a very athletic family as her parents are on the volleyball coaching staff at Mizzou while her father Wayne played in the NBA and won a World Championship with the Boston Celtics ... Mother Susan played volleyball at Missouri State ... Brother Ricky is a junior basketball player at Cal ... Younger brother Ryan plays varsity basketball for Rock Bridge ... Is cousins with former Tiger setter Molly Kreklow.
WAYNE KREKLOW ON ALI KREKLOW:
"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."
OH | 6-0 |Hinton, Iowa (Hinton) Club Teams: Midwest Volleyball Power
NOTEWORTHY: HIGH SCHOOL: Ranked 36th nationally on PrepVolleyball.com's Senior Aces List and was an Iowa Senior All-Star ... Played for Hinton Community High School under the direction of head coach Jodi Cook and too the Blackhawks to a Regional Final in 2012 and a State Qualifier in 2013, just the second time in school history ... Class 2A Second Team All-State in 2012 and was Third Team All-State honoree in 2011 ... Named to the All-District Team in 2011 and 2012 and was a first team All-Conference honoree from 2010-13 ... Was named to the PrepVolleyball.com Top-75 Juniors List and was added to the Under Armour High School All-America Watch List ... Was also an elite participant for the track & field team at Hinton ... State High Jump Champion in 2013 and took second in place in the long jump in 2011 and third place in 2010 ... Also ran as part of the 4x100m relay that took fourth in the state in 2011 ... Finished as the runner-up in the high jump at the Drake Relays ... Junior Olympics high jump runner-up in 2009 ... Iowa AAU Outstanding Track Athlete in 2009 as well and was the Lemars Sentinel Female Track Athlete of the Year in 2013.
CLUB: Named Iowa AAU Outstanding Athlete in 2013 and was the captain for her High Performance Team from 2011-13 ... Played under head coach Rick Pruett for Midwest Volleyball Power ... Led her team to a top-26 finish at Nationals in Dallas in 2013 ... Qualified for Nationals by winning the Show-Me Qualifier, the first-ever qualifier title in club history.
PERSONAL: Born April 25, 1996, in Sioux City, Iowa, to parents Ken and Cheri Reuter ... Plans to major in physical therapy while at Mizzou ... Mother, Cheri, played softball for four years and volleyball for two years at the University of South Dakota.
WAYNE KREKLOW ON KASEY REUTER:
"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."