Date / Time: October 10, 2013 – 7 p.m. – Texas Pan-American
October 12, 2013 – 7 p.m. New Mexico State
Site: Kansas City, Mo./Swinney Recreation Center
Live Stats: UMKCKangaroos.com
The Kansas City women’s volleyball team (9-7, 3-1) return to the Swinney Recreation Center when it welcomes in Texas-Pan American (10-10, 0-4) and New Mexico State (9-8, 4-0). The ‘Roos and the Broncs will square-off on Thursday at 7 p.m., while the Aggies come to town for the Think Pink, Think Cynthia Match on Saturday at 7 p.m.
This will be the first meeting between the ‘Roos and both the Broncs and the Aggies.
Christi Posey enters her third season at the helm of the UMKC volleyball program after being named the new head coach of the Kangaroos on Feb. 14, 2011. Last season, Posey guided the 'Roos to a 17-13 record overall, the second most wins in school history, while Emily Lucas was named to the First Team All-Summit League and Emma Hagedorn was named Honorable Mention All-Summit League and to the Summit League All-Freshman Team.
Brian Yale was named head coach of UTPA Volleyball on January 20, 2011. In 2012, he guided the Broncs to a three-win improvement over previous season by going 10-19, winningest season since 2007. That year he led team to No. 3 seed in Great West Conference Tournament and spot in semifinals after going 3-5 in conference play.
After 15 years, over 300 wins, five coach of the year awards and a .689 winning percentage at NM State, Mike Jordan returns for his 16th season as the Aggie head volleyball coach. NM State’s all-time winningest volleyball coach (330-149) heads into the 2013 season with a squad that won the 2012 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Tournament Championship and earned the school’s sixth trip to the NCAA Tournament, all under Jordan.
Scouting the Competition
Texas-Pan American enters the match with a 10-10 record overall and an 0-4 mark in WAC play, falling to Idaho and Seattle last weekend. Five Broncs have reached of the 100 kill mark, led by Haley Durham (152) and Maria Kliefoth (151). Nycole Masaki is tops in assists at 629, while Nausheen Merchant has a team-high 213 digs.
Led by reigning WAC Player of the Week Desiree Scott, New Mexico State comes into the week with a 9-8 record overall and a 4-0 mark in WAC play, after taking down Seattle and Idaho last week. Lauren Loerch leads the team with 179 kills, while Scott has amassed 160. Taylor Livoti and Ciara Brown split the setting duties and Stephanie Ziegler has a team-best 216 digs.
The home of UMKC Athletics, the Swinney Recreation Center houses the Kangaroo administration, coaches and student-athletes. The Dutton Brookfield Strength and Conditioning Center, the Victor F. Swyden Athletics Training Facility and the Student-Athlete Support Services Office also are located in the facility.
Last Time Out
Last week, the ‘Roos played a pair of five set matches, finishing 1-1. The ‘Roos fell at Utah Valley on Oct. 3, before taking down Bakersfield on the road, 3-2.