LAWRENCE, Kan. – UMKC volleyball unofficially kicked off its 2017 campaign with an exhibition contest on Saturday afternoon at the Horejsi Family Athletic Center against No. 8 Kansas. In the match, the Roos fell 4-0 to the Jayhawks despite 10 kills, seven digs and two blocks from sophomore Alicia Harrington (Cedar Falls, Iowa).
“Today's exhibition gave us a great opportunity to see where we need to improve,” head coach Christi Posey said. “For the most part, we were pleased with ball handling and defense.”
The Roos started slow in the first two sets, falling 25-11 and 25-12, but came back strong in set three. In the set, KU jumped ahead 3-1, but back-to-back kills by Dyer and Alexia Morey (Colorado Springs, Colo.) knotted the match at 6-6. A Jayhawk error gave UMKC its first lead of the set at 9-8, while three points later a kill from Mykal Sadler (Des Moines, Iowa) pushed the lead to 11-9. Kansas rallied to reclaim the lead, but two straight kills from Dyer and Alex Ratzlaff (Hillsboro, Kan.) retied the match at 16-16. The Roos, however, would get no closer as KU held on for a 25-20 victory.
In the fourth and final set, UMKC once again battled the No. 8 team in the country as the Roos trimmed a 10-point deficit to two at 24-22 with a 12-2 run that featured four kills from Harrington and was capped by kill from Sadler. Kansas, though, would hold off the Roos’ late comeback attempt, taking the set 25-22.
As a team, the Roos finished with 33 assists on 37 kills with nine blocks and 32 digs. Individually, Sadler finished the match with five blocks and six kills.
The Roos will be back in action again on Friday when they open regular season play in Clarksville, Tenn., to take part in the Culvers Governors Challenge. UMKC begins play on Aug. 25 against Middle Tennessee State at 10 a.m. CT, while taking on host Austin Peay later in the day at 3 p.m. CT. UMKC closes out the tournament on Saturday when they face Marshall at 11:30 a.m. CT.
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