(Kansas City, Mo.) – The UMKC volleyball team and head coach Christi Posey announced their 2013 schedule on Friday. The ‘Roos, who will be entering their first season in the Western Athletic Conference, open the season with three preseason tournaments, including hosting the Kangaroo Klassic on Sep. 13-14.
“Our players are excited to travel and compete in the Western Athletic Conference this year,” Posey said. “Any change provides opportunity for growth in a program. Despite not knowing a lot about our new conference opponents, we look forward to the challenge of making our mark.”
The conference slate will be a 16-match, home-and-home, round robin format between the nine members of the WAC, including first-year members Chicago State, CSU Bakersfield, Grand Canyon, Texas – Pan American and Utah Valley, as well as holdovers New Mexico State, Idaho and Seattle. Grand Canyon will be ineligible for the postseason until 2017 during their NCAA Division I transition period.
Kansas City will open the 2013 season at the Arkansas Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., on Aug. 30-31 with matches against host Arkansas, New Mexico and Northwestern State, before heading to College Park, Md., for the Maryland Invitational #1 on Sep. 6-7 where they will square-off with host Maryland, Penn and LIU-Brooklyn.
The following week, the ‘Roos will welcome in Wake Forest, Eastern Illinois and Presbyterian to Kansas City for the Kangaroo Klassic, a round robin tournament at the Swinney Recreation Center.
The Kangaroos remaining nonconference schedule, meanwhile, is highlighted by the home opener with Big 12 foe Kansas on Sep. 3, where Posey spent 12 seasons as an assistant, while the ‘Roos will also make trips to SIU – Edwardsville on Sep. 17 and Southeast Missouri State on Sep. 18.
“Beginning our third season at UMKC, we thought it was important to seek a more competitive non-conference schedule,” Posey added. “Traveling to Arkansas and Maryland for tournaments and hosting Kansas in early September will definitely bump up our competition level.”
The conference tournament will take place from November 25-27 in Phoenix, Ariz. It is being hosted by Grand Canyon, and the top six teams in the nine team conference are eligible.
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