MU volleyball practices moved this week following flooding at Hearnes

It is unclear whether the Tigers’ Oct. 5 home match will have to be moved as the floor at Hearnes Center likely requires replacing, university authorities said.
Hearnes Center, home of MU volleyball, wrestling and gymnastics.

Missouri volleyball returned home from Arkansas Sunday night to a damaged house.

After a water main break caused the event floor at Hearnes Center to flood early Saturday morning, the MU volleyball team will practice this week at indoor track and field facility Hearnes Fieldhouse, team spokesman Andy Oldenburg said.

The wooden arena floor at Hearnes Center will likely require replacing, according to Nick Joos, MU associate athletic director for communications. The timeline for repairs remains unclear at this point.

“At this time we are assessing the damage and will make plans accordingly,” Joos said in an email.

The Tigers were in Fayetteville, Arkansas this weekend for a conference match against the Arkansas Razorbacks on Sunday. Missouri won that match in four sets. The team was aware of the flooding but unfamiliar with the details of the situation going forward until it returned to Columbia that night.

Missouri’s next home match is not until Oct. 5, a week from Friday, when it takes on South Carolina. There is no update yet on whether or not the match will have to be moved, Oldenburg said.

In the meantime, Missouri has another Southeastern Conference road stand this weekend, taking on Tennessee on Friday and No. 19 Kentucky on Sunday.

Hearnes Center is also the home venue of Missouri wrestling and gymnastics, but volleyball is the only team currently in season.

Missouri (12-2, 2-0 SEC) is 4-0 at home this season and has won its last five overall matches. The Tigers reached the Sweet 16 at the NCAA Tournament last year but lost a large senior class. The program’s rebuild has yielded success so far with the help of seven new faces, but SEC play will put this roster to the test against tough opponents. Missouri defeated No. 25 Alabama last Wednesday but has more ranked opponents on the horizon.

Edited by Bennett Durando |

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