Former Missouri setter Molly Kreklow was among 12 players selected Monday for the U.S. women’s national volleyball team ahead of the NORCECA World Championship Qualification Tournament.
“I’ve been training out here (since the end of January), but I didn’t know anything would be announced today,” said Kreklow, who graduated from MU in December with a degree in nutritional sciences. “It’s a big honor as far as volleyball goes.”
NORCECA is a volleyball confederation that includes teams from North and Central America as well as Caribbean nations.
The World Championship qualification tournament is slated for May 15-18 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
“We’re excited to get on the court and play somebody other than ourselves, because we’ve been training for so long now against each other,” Kreklow said. “I’m sure there will be a little bit of nerves when we realize we’re playing for something and not just practice, but overall we’re just really excited to pull on that USA jersey.”
Kreklow, who was the Southeastern Conference player of the year and led the nation with 12.65 assists per set, is one of two setters selected for the team along with Oregon’s Lauren Plum.
“I’m really excited for this USA team,” U.S. women’s national volleyball team coach Karch Kiraly said in a release announcing the roster. “They put in the mindful effort during training earlier this year, and earned the right to represent our country at the World Championship Qualifier in Colorado Springs.”
Kreklow expects to sign a professional contract to play volleyball overseas in the next few weeks.
“The season will start in September, and I think I know which team I’m going to play for,” she said. “It’s not official yet, so I can’t tell you the team, but the process is going on right now in terms of signing a contract and all that fun stuff.”
Resident coach David Hunt, an assistant coach at Pepperdine, will coach the team during the World Championship Qualification tourney.
For a complete roster and schedule of games,click here.