Julia McCown appreciated how Ozark coach Adeana Brewer motivated her during her Lady Tigers career.

“She finds good ways to challenge me and I love challenges. I live for them,” McCown said. “She told me at our banquet I haven’t peaked, yet. I would like to see myself peak, be successful in college and maybe if all goes well, play professional.”

Brewer will still only be a phone call away for McCown as she begins her Missouri State career. The all-state middle hitter will have two Ozark teammates, setter Kennedee Anderson and defensive specialist Holly Luginbill, with her as Lady Bears.

They’re currently playing club ball together for a team coached by former Olympic bronze medalist Lori Endicott. At MSU, they’ll share a suite together on campus.

The familiarity with each other has them at ease as they look ahead to their new beginning.

“We have that chemistry going into college,” Anderson said during the trio’s signing ceremony with MSU.  “We’ve been playing together for seven years, so we’ve been building chemistry and relationships that whole time. It will be nice already having that going in. 

“We’re super-good friends. We spend pretty much every waking minute together.”

They didn’t plan on going to college together.

“It was pretty much coincidence,” Luginbill said. “We found different things we liked about the program. It just happened to work out in our favor that we’re all going to be together still.”

McCown was the first to commit to MSU, Luginbill was next and Anderson made it a hat trick.

“We all had different journeys, but ended up together,” Anderson said.

The trio will join Ozark grad Ashley Ophoven with the Lady Bears.

“Playing at Ozark, I think, has us prepared for MSU,” McCown added.

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