KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The UMKC volleyball team (17-8, 8-3) knocked-off California Baptist (19-6, 9-3), the No. 1 team in the WAC, 3-1, on Saturday afternoon at the Van Dyne Gym in Riverside, Calif., giving the Roos the season sweep over the Lancers.
The win moves the Roos into sole possession of second place in the WAC and ties the record for the third most wins in a season in school history.
Tyrecia Lukes paced the offense, hitting .400 with 13 kills and seven blocks, while Melanie Brecka added 12 kills, six blocks, two digs and an ace. Alicia Harrington, meanwhile, finished with 23 digs, nine kills and three blocks.
In the opening set, the two teams were tied 17 times throughout the set, with the Lancers twice gaining a three-point edge, including late at 19-16. The Roos reeled off the next three points to tie the set at 19-19 and with the scored tied at 23-23, got a kill from Emma Dyer and a CBU error to claim the set, 25-23.
California Baptist evened the match at one set apiece with a 28-26 second set win, but the Roos bounced right back to reclaim the lead with a 25-22 third set victory. Early in the set, Kansas City dominated, building a 20-11 advantage after an ace from Rhegan Spiegel. The Lancers, though, stormed back to pull to within two at 24-22. UMKC would not be denied, however, as Lukes and Brooke Jacobs combined for a block to seal the win.
UMKC then put the game on ice with a 25-19 win in set four. Kansas City again gained an early lead, but the Lancers tied the set at 15-15 midway through. UMKC countered with the next four points before going on to take the set 25-19 and the match 3-1 on a kill from Jacobs.
For the Roos, Jacobs finished with eight kills, hitting .350, four digs and two blocks, while Dyer added six kills and two blocks.
Alex Ratzlaff, meanwhile, finished with 12 digs, four kills, a block and an ace and Spiegel registered 17 digs and an ace.
The Blue & Gold will be back in action again on Thursday when they return to Kansas City for a 7 p.m. CT contest against CSU Bakersfield in the Swinney Recreation Center.
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