Marshall, Mo. - The Missouri Valley College football team holds its first practices of the season this week, and will enter the 2017 season ranked No. 12 in the 2017 NAIA Football Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll.

Missouri Valley is coming off a 2016 season which saw the team finish with a 9-3 overall record, a 4-1 record in Heart of America Athletic Conference Southern Division play and a NAIA Football Championship Series appearance for the first time since 2014 and eighth time overall since 2006.  Last week, the Vikings were picked second in the Heart Southern Division Coaches’ Poll, behind Baker (Kan.) University.

Three other teams from the Heart are featured in the preseason coaches’ poll, led by Baker at No. 2.  In the Heart Northern Division, Grand View (Iowa) University is No. 9 and William Penn (Iowa) University comes in at No. 23.  Benedictine (Kan.) College is in the “others receiving votes” category.  The University of Saint Francis (Ind.) is ranked No. 1 to start the season.

The 2017 season opens Aug. 26, at Benedictine, with a game featured on ESPN3, Mediacom and KSMO-TV.  Kickoff is 11 a.m.  The first home game takes place Sept. 2, against No. 25 William Penn at 6 p.m.  Homecoming is set for Oct. 14 at 2 p.m., against Avila (Mo.) University.


Jennies Soccer ranked No. 5 in United Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll

KANSAS CITY, Mo.-- The seven-time defending MIAA Champion Jennies Soccer team was ranked No. 5 in the United Soccer Coaches (formerly the National Soccer Coaches Association of America) Preseason Poll released on Thursday, August 3.
The Jennies return 17 letterwinners and 10 starters from the 2016 squad that went 21-2 and won the ninth MIAA title in school history. UCM also captured its third straight Central Region Championship last year, advancing the Elite Eight where they lost to eventual National Runner Up Grand Valley State.
Defending National Champions Western Washington checked in at the top spot followed by Grand Valley State at No. 2. Columbus State was ranked third followed by Kutztown at fourth.
Central Missouri opens the season at home on Thursday, Aug. 31, against Southwestern Oklahoma State. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. at Jennies Field at the South Rec Complex.
There are two Central Region teams appearing in the preseason poll.


@MizzouVB Shines Academically in Summer 2017 Semester

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mizzou Volleyball continues to maintain its success in the classroom, as the team recorded an impressive 3.59 GPA during the Summer 2017 semester. The Tigers have surpassed a team GPA of 3.50 for five consecutive summer semesters (2013-17).

Five Tigers tallied a perfect 4.00 GPA this summer, while 11 individuals recorded all A’s on their respective grade reports.

“Academics is very important to everyone inside the program and our current group of student-athletes continue to exceed expectations,” Mizzou Volleyball head coach Wayne Kreklow said. “With voluntary workouts and practices beginning over the summer, plus academic responsibilities, it’s a true testament to all these ladies who maintain a high standard.”

The Tigers have enjoyed academic excellence throughout the 2016-17 academic year at the University of Missouri. In July, Mizzou earned its fourth consecutive American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award. Additionally, the Tigers produced a cumulative 3.50 GPA over the recent Spring 2017 semester and a 3.55 GPA over the Fall 2016 semester

Mizzou’s 3.50 Spring GPA established itself as the highest team GPA among the 20 intercollegiate athletics programs on campus.

Academic achievements are nothing new to the Mizzou Volleyball program, as the Tigers have exceeded a 3.00 cumulative GPA in 23 of their past 27 combined Fall and Spring semesters since 2004.