The Missouri Volleyball program started gaining popularity when the Kreklow coaches took the reigns in 2000. It is on a 7 year run of making the NCAA tournament and people love a winner. The Tigers averaged more than 25 hundred fans last season finishing in the Top 10 nationally the past two years. The Missouri Volleyball program is fan friendly.
Kids get high fives before the match and even thumb suckers get court side seats, but this season Mizzou is a little more gray and golden.
"We see people coming out that have never been to any MU athletic sporting event ever," said Golden Tiger organizer Nellie Dodd.
"Oh it's wonderful! The girls are wonderful. Aren't they great players," said Golden Tiger Barb Baker.
Barb Baker is a Golden Tiger. A new group that started this season to get fans 50 and up to cheer on the black and gold. Baker has always been an MU fan, but needed a reason to return to the stands.
"It's kind of gotten me back involved. We used to come all the time and then my husband got ill and we didn't come for several years. We used to have season tickets to all the football games, but we haven't for many years," said Baker.
Ronald Jones joined the Golden Tigers at the start of the season. If it wasn't for the Tigers he'd be a couch potato.
"Probably sitting at home watching TV to be honest with you, yeah," said Jones.
And Doraine Tadlock has lived in Columbia the last forty years, but not until the Golden Tiger caught her attention did she start sitting court side.
"I like watching them, it's exciting," commented Tadlock.
"I'm here to be encouragement to other people. Whether it's the players on the court or the fans in the stands. When you have joy what comes from within goes out. You spread it," said Dodd.
Nellie has spread her message to more than four hundred Tiger fans on the right side of 50. It's not win or lose, it's where you watch the game.
"You know, it's something to see things on TV, but it's really special to be here," said Baker.
The club is free with free t-shirts and free passes to all the volleyball matches. There is a newsletter and extra access to the team.
In January, Nellie Dodd celebrates her 2nd anniversary of a heart transplant.
If you want to join call Mike Jackson at 882-0726.