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.
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, 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.