KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC volleyball team (10-5, 1-0) opened up Western Athletic Conference play on Thursday with a 3-1 win over Grand Canyon (7-6, 0-1) at the GCU Arena in Phoenix, Ariz.
In the match, a trio of Roos reached double-digit kills, with Alicia Harrington notching 19 (.234), Melanie Brecka registering 18 (.471) and Tyrecia Lukes tallying 11 (.231). Lukes, meanwhile, added seven blocks, Harrington recorded five digs and Brecka finished with five blocks and four digs.
UMKC jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the match, taking the first set 25-15. The Roos built a 9-3 lead after back-to-back kills from Brecka and Emma Dyer, but GCU closed to within three late at 18-15. Kansas City, though, scored the final seven points, getting three kills from Harrington and two from Brecka, as well as a block from Dyer and Brecka.
GCU evened the match at one set apiece with a 28-26 win in set two, but the Roos quickly regained control with a 25-22 third set victory. Late in the set, the two squads were tied at 21-21 before kills from Harrington and Brecka stretched the lead to 23-21. A GCU error and an ace from Harrington then put the Roos on the brink of victory.
In the fourth set, UMKC led by just one at 14-13, but stretched the lead to six at 20-14 after three kills from Harrington, one from Lukes and an ace from Rhegan Spiegel. The Lopes would get no closer than four the rest of the way while the Roos ended it with three straight blocks as Dyer teamed with Brecka, Brook Jacobs and Alex Ratzlaff on the three, giving UMKC the set, 25-18.
For the Roos, Jacobs finished with six kills and two blocks, while in the back row, Ratzlaff notched 13 digs and Spiegel 12. Alli Schomers, topped the Roos with 33 assists and Kynnedy Myers added 20 assists and nine digs. Dyer finished with five blocks.
The Blue & Gold will be back in action again on Saturday when they head to Orem, Utah, to take on Utah Valley at 2 p.m. CT.
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