COLUMBIA, Mo. — When you step outside the spotlight of the two major revenue sports at Mizzou that’s when you find the more historically strong programs. One of them, of course, is women’s volleyball.
For nearly 20 years the Tigers were Team Kreklow, coached by husband-and-wife tandem Wayne and Susan, who guided the program to a standard of excellence rarely matched over a long stretch of time by any other team on campus. When I wandered into the Hearnes Center on a weekday afternoon in September 2013 I visited with the other Kreklow, senior setter Molly, the niece of the two coaches, the team’s signature player but an athlete casual Mizzou fans knew only as the quarterback’s girlfriend.