"We are very excited about our 2013 class," Posey said. "Meagan, Taylor and Kaylyn will maintain the high standard of academics we expect here at UMKC. They each bring another level of athleticism to our program and we believe they will complement our returners very well."
Kearns joins the 'Roos out of Maple Valley Anthon Oto High School where she led the Rams to Western Valley Conference Championships in three of her four seasons. During her tenure at MVAOHS, the 6-0 outside hitter was named First Team All-WVC in her final three seasons and Second Team All-WVC as a freshman, while being named to the Iowa 2A First Team All-State as a senior and Second Team as a junior. The Anthon, Iowa, native's 1,423 career kills, meanwhile, stand as a school record.
"Meagan has great potential to be a tremendous offensive player in our league," Posey said. "Her versatility to hit various sets was attractive to us as well as her raw athleticism. We have high expectations for Meagan to contribute early in her career."
Buhrow comes to the 'Roos out of Denver High School in Denver, Iowa, where she led the Cyclones to a 72-33 record over her final three seasons. Individually, the 5-11 outside hitter is a two-time First Team All-Conference and All-District selection and was named to the Iowa 2A First Team All-State by the IGCA and to the Second Team by the Des Moines Register as a senior. In her career, Buhrow has set the single season school records for kills (600), hitting percentage (.411), kills per set (5.45) and aces (110).
"One of the best things about Taylor is that she has such untapped potential," Posey said. "Her athletic prowess will help her transition to the college game quickly. A quick learner and hard worker, we believe Taylor will develop into a 6 rotation player - we are eager to get in the gym with her."
Brandt comes to Kansas City out of Sumner, Iowa, where she led Sumner-Fredericksburg High School to Upper Iowa Conference Championships in each of her four seasons and a quarterfinal appearance in the 2012 Iowa 2A Stat Championships as a senior. In her four seasons as a Cougar, the 5-9 setter has been named First Team All-UIC and First Team All-District three times, Iowa 2A Second Team All-State as senior and Special Mention All-State as a junior, while setting the school record for career assists with 730.
"Kaylyn brings a ton of athletic experience to our program - an All-State performer in multiple sports, she has been the heart and soul of her high school and club teams," Posey said. "She has tremendous energy and a great passion for competition. Kaylyn is a great fit for our program."