CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Head coach Christi Posey earned her 100th career victory as the UMKC volleyball team defeated Marshall 3-0 Saturday afternoon at the Winfeld Dunn Center to close out the Culver Governors Challenge.
“I just feel so blessed to be in a profession that allows me the chance to share in the lives of young athletes,” Posey said. “Those victories came as a result of the hard work and determination of many players, coaches and support staff at UMKC!”
Emma Dyer (Higginsville, Mo.) led the Kangaroo offensive attack with 13 kills, hitting .480 on the day, while Alicia Harrington (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), who was named to the all-tournament team, added 11 kills and 20 digs. “It was also incredibly exciting to be a part of Coach Posey's 100th win as head coach at UMKC,” Dyer said. “We hope to continue to add to that total this season.”
In the match, the Roos needed more than 25 points in all three sets, including the 31-29 first set victory. UMKC fell behind late in the set at 20-15, but reeled off the next six points to go ahead 21-20, getting kills from Alex Ratzlaff (Hillsboro, Kan.) and Brooke Jacobs (Peoria, Ill.) during the rally. The score was tied six more times and the lead changed four more times before a Dyer kill clinched the win.
In set two, it was the Roos turn to go ahead early, as UMKC built a 15-9 lead after a kill by Harrington. Kansas City extended the lead to 23-15 off an Alexia Morey (Colorado Springs, Colo.) kill, but Marshall scratched back to tie the set late at 24-24. The set was still tied at 26-26 when Harrington and Dyer connected on back-to-back kills, off sets from Alli Schomers (Omaha, Neb.) and Kynnedy Myers (Rose Hill, Kan.), to take the set 28-26.
The third set featured the Roos once again building an early lead, as this time they jumped out to an 11-3 advantage. UMKC maintained the lead until a 5-1 Marshall run gave the Thundering Herd its first lead of the set at 17-16. The two teams continued to battle back-and-forth until UMKC broke a 25-25 tie with a Marshall error and a kill from Dyer, her third set ender of the day, to take the set 27-25 and the match 3-0.
“The team showed great resilience coming back from our loss yesterday,” Dyer said. “Marshall led towards the end of the first set and we were able to come back and win in extra points. We continued to be resilient into the next two sets where we once again won in extra points. This win was a team effort, with every player on the court having made a key play to help us to victory and I look forward to the next chance we get to step on the court.”
For the Roos, Ratzlaff finished with seven kills and 13 digs, while Mykal Sadler (Des Moines, Iowa) tallied nine kills. Defensively, Morey and Jacobs each notched five blocks and Rhegan Spiegal (Savannah, Mo.) added 15 digs.
“We are still learning how to win in different ways,” Posey said. “Today's match was more about staying in the fight even while not executing perfectly. We were very pleased to win all three tight sets.”
The Blue & Gold will be back in action again next weekend when they head to Edwardsville, Ill., for the Cougar Classic on Sep. 1-2.
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