College of the Ozarks Lady Bobcat Volleyball closed out the 2019 season in a big way by capturing the 2019 NCCAA DI Women’s Volleyball National Championship in December.
As we close out the 2019-2020 school year, we would like to place the spotlight on our seniors: Kaylee Larimer, Shay Latture, Maggie Plake, Haley Stallings, Rielly Wallace, Morgan Copeland, and Emma Miller.
#1 Kaylee Larimer – Kaylee is a 5’10 right-side hitter from Strafford, Missouri. The Elementary Education – Early Childhood major worked on campus in the Fitness Center and has played her entire collegiate career with the Lady Bobcats. Kaylee saw limited court time her freshman and sophomore seasons, due to rehab from an injury, competing in 13 sets. In 2018, Kaylee was ready to take the court on a regular basis, making an immediate impact. She played 138 sets, putting down 125 kills, digging 74 balls, and blocking 64 total hits. Kaylee had a great senior season, competing in 135 sets, tallying 174 kills. She gathered 47 digs and blocked 58 hits. On October 1, 2019, Kaylee tallied her career high in blocks with four versus Lyon College. Four days later she gathered her career high in kills with 11 versus Lincoln College, a feat which she repeated against Lyon and Southwest Baptist. Kaylee’s career high of seven digs came first against Haskell and was repeated against SAGU in NCCAA National Championship competition. Kaylee has worked hard in the classroom throughout her four years and has been named both an NCCAA and NAIA Scholar Athlete.
#5 Shay Latture –Shay is a 5’3 defensive specialist from Branson, Missouri. The Criminal Justice major worked as a lifeguard at the College’s pool. Shay put in solid work throughout her four years as a Lady Bobcat and landed herself a spot in the starting rotation as a senior. During her freshman season, Shay played in 30 games, tallying 68 digs for an average of 2.27 per game. Shay’s sophomore year saw her battle injuries; however, she was still able to play in 14 sets and tally 19 digs. At the close of the season, she was named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll. In her junior season, Shay saw action in 48 sets and nearly doubled her dig total from her freshman year with 124. In addition, she set a career high in digs with 29 in a four-set win over Friends University on September 15, 2018. In her senior campaign, Shay competed in 140 sets and more than doubled her dig production by collecting 333 while acing ten serves. She recorded double-digit digs in 16 matches in the Lady Bobcats’ successful season. Shay has also been recognized for her great work in the classroom by being named an NCCAA Scholar Athlete.
#18 Maggie Plake – A 5’11 middle hitter, Maggie hails from Lebanon, Missouri. The Human/Molecular Biology major worked on campus at Alumni Laundry. Maggie has played all four years with the Lady Cats and has had a fine career, steadily improving her on-court production each season. In her freshman season, Maggie began adjusting to the intensity of collegiate volleyball and saw action in six sets, tallying 5 kills and 4 blocks. During her sophomore year, Maggie more than doubled her production in every category. She played in 22 sets, slammed 13 kills, and blocked 20 hits. At the end of the season, she was named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll. Maggie’s junior year featured action in 63 sets, and her stats ramped up as she recorded 59 kills at a .209 attacking clip, 11 digs, and 39 blocks. On September 15, 2018, Maggie tallied nine kills in a match against Friends University. Maggie had a fantastic senior season. She has played in 100 sets and drove down 137 kills, collected 54 digs, and posted a team-high 41 solo and 125 total blocks. Additionally, on October 18th, Maggie tallied her career high in blocks with eight in a four-set victory over Lincoln College. At the conclusion of the season, Maggie was honored for her efforts in the classroom by being named both an NCCAA and NAIA Scholar Athlete.
#4 Haley Stallings – The 5’5 defensive specialist hails from Fair Grove, Missouri. Haley worked at the College’s Daycare Center and majored in Elementary Education. In her freshman year, Haley saw time in 156 sets, tallying 101 assists, 49 service aces, and 1,110 digs. At the close of the season, Haley garnered several awards, including 1st Team All-Conference, 1st Team All- NCCAA, 1st Team All-AVCA, and NAIA All-American Honorable Mention. In addition, she ended the season ranked #1 in NAIA for total digs (1,110) and digs per game (7.12). As a sophomore, Stallings played in 128 sets tallying 55 assists, 45 service aces, and 713 digs. She was awarded 1st Team All-Conference, AVCA Honorable Mention, A.I.I. Libero of the Year, and was named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll. Additionally, Haley was Top 20 in NAIA for total digs (713) and digs per game (5.570). Haley’s third season saw her play in 134 sets, tallying 69 assists, 42 service aces, and 786 digs. Once again, Stallings was ranked in the Top 10 NAIA for total digs (786) and Top 20 for digs per game (5.870). As a senior, Haley played in 141 sets, recording a team-leading 62 service aces (No. 11 NAIA) and a team-second 478 digs with a 93.4 passing percentage- Haley has had an impressive career with the Lady Bobcats, scattering her name across the Lady Bobcats’ Volleyball Record Book. She is currently the record holder for most digs in a season (1,110), most digs in a game (49), and most aces in a career (198). She is also #2 in career digs (3087) career digs per game (5.52), and most digs/game in a season (7.12-2016); #3 in most aces per season (62-2019), and #5 in passing percentage for her career (94.4) and for a season (96.1-2016). Haley’s dedication was not only demonstrated on the court, but also in her studies, being named an NCCAA and NAIA Scholar Athlete,
#8 Rielly Wallace – The 5’9 setter is an Elementary Education major. Hailing from Nixa, Missouri, Wallace worked on campus at the Fitness Center. As a freshman, Rielly stepped right in to play a major role for the Lady Cats, playing in 156 sets as she tallied 107 kills, 874 assists, 33 service aces, and 362 digs. At the end of her inaugural season, she was named A.I.I. Freshman of the Year, NAIA All-American Honorable Mention, and 1st Team All-AVCA. Returning for her sophomore season, Rielly picked up right where she left off. She played in 130 sets, gathering 218 kills, 1,313 assists, 18 service aces, 284 digs, and 45 total blocks. During the season, she was named A.I.I. Player of the Week (3 times) and NCCAA Player of the Week. At the close of the season, Rielly was named A.I.I. Setter of the Year, NAIA All-American Honorable Mention, and 1st Team All-AVCA. She also made the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll. Her junior year saw Rielly play in 141 sets, posting 269 kills, 1,383 assists, 38 service aces, 359 digs, and 58 total blocks. She set career highs in kills (21 vs. Evangel on 8/24) and digs (20 vs. SAGU on 11/30). Throughout the course of the season, Rielly was twice named NCCAA Player of the Week. At the end of the season, she earned NCCAA 1st Team All-American, NCCAA All-Tournament Team, NCCAA Scholar Athlete, and 1st Team All-American AVCA honors. Rielly ranked in the NAIA Top 10 for total assists (1,383). Her senior season featured more of the same. Rielly saw action in 102 sets, posting 240 kills, 1,317 assists, 44 service aces, 323 digs, and 50 total blocks. She has also set two career marks this season. On October 18th, Wallace tallied 58 assists in a four-set thriller over Lincoln College. The following day, she gathered six blocks in a five-set win over St. Louis College of Pharmacy. He senior season featured 13 double double and four triple double performances, and she was twice named NCCAA Player of the Week. Rielly has had a phenomenal career at College of the Ozarks and has amassed some impressive numbers for her career:4,887 assists, 1,328 digs, 834 kills, 155 blocks, 133 service aces, and a .308 attacking percentage. Her name is splashed across the Lady Bobcats’ record book, as she is a member of the 20 Kill Club and Iron Woman Award (569 games), 3rd in total career assists (4,887), 4th in career assists per game (8.59), and 4th in career hitting efficiency (.308). At the close of her career she was named AVCA (NCAA DI) First Team All-American, NCCAA First Team All-American, NCCAA DI WVB National Championship tournament Most Outstanding Player, and NCCAA Scholar Athlete.
Student Assistant: Morgan Copeland – Morgan joined the Lady Bobcats in 2016 as a freshman outside hitter from Nixa, Missouri. However, due to injury, she made the difficult decision at the end of the season to hang up her kneepads for good. Not wanting to lose her high volleyball IQ and leadership skills, Coach Muckenthaler decided to offer Morgan the opportunity to become a member of the coaching staff. An invaluable piece of the Lady Bobcats’ program, Morgan has served as the student assistant to Muckenthaler for three seasons. Coach Muckenthaler and the Lady Bobcats are grateful for Morgan’s knowledge, guidance, and leadership over the past three seasons. Morgan graduated in December with a BS in Allied Health Science.
Manager: Emma Miller – Emma served as the team manager for the Lady Bobcats for two seasons. She worked in the Campus Day Care and is a History Education major. The team sincerely appreciates Emma’s support and hard work!
Best wishes, ladies, and thanks for the memories!