Transforming Bearcat Volleyball

The first day of school is here, which means that preseason practices are officially over.  Goodbye two-a-days, ice baths, lunches in the union, and spending every minute together.  Well, those last three will continue throughout the season, but our players are excited that they will not have to face two-a-days again until next year.

Our two seniors, Alex Hanna and Laira Akin, shared a moment after their last preseason practice to celebrate that they survived the two-a-days together for the last time.  Our seven freshmen came in on August 13 with fresh attitudes and great work ethic on the volleyball court.  It has been great to see the entire team develop into a new unit.

Our motto for this season is, “Transforming Bearcat Volleyball.”  Last year marked the first time that a Bearcat Volleyball team has qualified for the NCAA Tournament and we expect to continue to Transform our program into one that is always at the top of the conference.

We finished 2-1 at our scrimmage tournament in Columbia this past Saturday.  As the day went on, we got better and better.  I can’t wait for our season to officially begin and see what our girls can achieve.  We look forward to having loud fans in the stands and continuing our reputation as having the hardest gym to play in the MIAA.

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Jessica Rinehart

About Jessica Rinehart

Jessica Rinehart was named head volleyball coach at Northwest Missouri State in the spring of 2010 taking the Bearcats to the NCAA tournament in her first season. She arrived in Maryville after spending five seasons as the head coach at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Rinehart stepped down as the Bearcats head coach before the 2012 season.