Kansas City Picks Up Crucial WAC Win Over Redhawks
UMKC Athletics 11-14-2013
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(Kansas City, Mo.) – The Kansas City volleyball team picked up a crucial WAC win on Thursday night, knocking off Seattle 3-1 at the Swinney Recreation Center behind strong play from sophomores Sydney Crimmins and Taryn Miller.

The win moves the ‘Roos to 15-12 overall and 9-6 in the WAC, while Seattle falls to 11-19 overall and 8-7 in the conference.

In the win, Crimmins led the offensive attack with 14 kills on a .520 hitting percentage, while Miller finished with 30 digs.  Fellow sophomore Jessica Hendin, meanwhile, added 11 kills, and junior Morgan Voorhes recorded nine, while Emma Hagedorn finished with seven kills and seven blocks.

Setting up the offense, Nicole Wemhoff registered a team-high 22 assists and Kaylyn Brandt finished right behind with 21.

Kansas City took an early 1-0 lead in the match, reversing a 6-2 deficit to take the set 25-17.  The two squads were neck and neck for a majority of the set before the ‘Roos broke a 16-16 tie with a 9-1 run for the victory.

The Redhawks would answer, taking the second set 25-21 to tie the match at one set apiece.

Coming out of the break, the ‘Roos quickly regained control, taking a 10-5 lead in the third set before going on to win by a set-high seven at 25-18.

In the fourth set, Kansas City closed out the match, breaking a 9-9 tie with three straight points.  Seattle would get no closer than two the rest of the way and the ‘Roos scored five of the final six points with Skyler Muff getting the match ender for the win.

The Blue & Gold will be back in action again on Saturday when they close out the regular season with a WAC battle against Idaho at the SRC starting at 7 p.m.

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