For the fifth consecutive season, Missouri’s softball team opened the season with a top 15 national ranking when the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association top 25 pegged the Tigers at No. 14 on Tuesday.
By TOD PALMER
The Kansas City Star
Missouri, which will play its black and gold exhibition Feb. 8 inside the Devine Pavilion, is one of eight SEC teams in the poll, which has Tennessee ranked No. 1 overall.
The other six teams are No. 4 Florida, No. 6 Alabama, No. 11 Texas A&M, No. 12 Kentucky, No. 17 LSU and No. 23 Georgia.
The Tigers went 38-14 last season, including a 15-8 record in the SEC, and reached the NCAA super regionals for a sixth straight season.
Missouri, which finished last season ranked No. 11, returns three of its top hitters, led by sophomore Emily Crane, who batted a team-best .376 last season, along with junior Angela Randazzo, who drove in a team-high 47 runs, and junior Kelsea Roth, who hit a team-leading 16 home runs.
Reedy dives to SEC weekly honor
Missouri sophomore diver Lauren Reedy was chosen as the SEC female diver of the week Tuesday, a first in her career.
Reedy, a native of Rochester Hills, Mich., swept the one- and three-meter springboard competitions Jan. 18 during a meet against Indiana, Illinois and Iowa.
She set a new school record and posted the highest mark in the SEC this season in the one-meter springboard with 342.55 points, which dethroned redshirt junior Loren Figueroa’s program-best mark (335.3).
Reedy’s winning total in the three-meter event was 328.95.
Women’s tennis sweeps in opener
Sophomore Madison Rhyner clinched a season-opening sweep for Missouri against Saint Louis and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on Monday at the Green Tennis Center.
Rhyner, a Blue Valley North graduate, topped SIU-Edwardsville’s Kali Donner 6-4, 6-3 at No. 3 singles to polish off a 6-1 victory. The Tigers also beat St. Louis 6-1 earlier in the day.
No. 1 singles player Cierra Gayton-Leach, No. 2 singles Kelli Hine, No. 5 singles Cassidy Spearman and No. 6 singles Tracy Dong swept their two matches and Missouri went 4-0 in doubles action.