Good crowd turns out for annual Grizzly Volleyball Alumni Game

Current and former members of the Grizzly Volleyball team area lined up by row in front of the volleyball net on the court at the West Plains Civic Center.
(Missouri State-West Plains Photo)

West Plains, Mo. – A host of area fans, friends, family members and students turned out Aug. 18 to watch the 2018 Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Volleyball team face alumni in the annual Grizzly Volleyball Alumni Game at the West Plains Civic Center.

"What a great day with our Grizzly Volleyball alumni and their family and friends," Head Coach Paula Wiedemann said. "It was a fun-filled day of volleyball, old stories and new connections for our former and current players. It's one of our favorite events of the year!"

Participants included, in the accompanying photo front row from left, Lucy Hafer, daughter of alumna Quanna (Speake) Hafer, and Wiedemann's daughter, Lily. Second row: Current team members Kaleigh Breathitt, Emily Moore, Keziah Williams and Kamryn Artale; alumnae Pulotu Manoa, Susannah Kelley and Kacie Callison; and current team member Kelly Wiedemann. Third row: Current team members Jahcey Farmer, Gabriela Boneva and Camilly Cristiny; alumna Shannon (Washburn) Frieling; Kenton Elrod, son of alumna and current Strength and Conditioning Coach Keri Elrod; and current players Julia Dunning and Monika Leon. Back row: Wiedemann; alumnae Hafer and Renae (Goller) Smith; Smith's daughter Miranda; Elrod; current player Yileene Ng He; alumna and current Assistant Coach Briana Walsh; alumna Danielle (Parker) Hull; current player Tatjana Trifkovic; alumna Loran (Ichord) Richardson; and current player Ella Akkerman.

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