Last year the 'Roos went 13-12 overall and 6-2 in the Summit League, good for a third place finish. Kansas City had its first winning record since 1991-92 as well. UMKC returns five starters to the lineup, all of which played in the top five positions last year.
"I am really excited about our team this season. We really wanted to make sure we were facing strong competition that would prepare us for league play," Head Coach Kendell Hale said. "We get to travel outside our region as well, including a season-opening trip to California, and two matches in Houston."
UMKC's opening trip to California takes place January 25-27, and the 'Roos face Cal-Riverside, Cal State-Northridge and Cal State-Fullerton in successive days. Also on the schedule are three BCS conference schools in Missouri, Kansas and Iowa State. The Cyclones actually play in Kansas City on March 19.
The home-opener takes place on February 8, when Southern Illinois-Edwardsville comes to town. Kansas City has 11 home matches on the slate this year.
Conference play begins at home as the 'Roos host the first of two clusters in Kansas City on March 14-16. UMKC will face four league opponents in three days.