KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC volleyball team announced the signing of Melanie Brecka and Kelsie Milkowski to National Letters of Intent to continue their educations and playing careers at UMKC.
“We feel our future is bright as we welcome both Melanie and Kelsie to our Roo family,” Head Coach Christi Posey said. “They will both excel in the classroom as well as on the court. Our goal is to recruit quality student-athletes who will make a difference in all areas of the university community. We hope to be adding a couple more players to our roster for 2018 and we believe each and every one will make a positive and lasting impact here at UMKC.”
Brecka joins the Roos out of Lincoln, Neb., where she was a 6-0 right side for Lincoln Southeast High School. During her senior season with the Knights, Brecka tallied 442 kills, 217 digs, 89 blocks and 51 aces, leading her team to a quarterfinals appearance in the Nebraska Class A State Championship. A four-year letterwinner, Brecka was named Class All-State a season ago, while being named to the All-City First Team as a junior and the All-City Second Team as a sophomore.
“We're thrilled to be able to finally sign Melanie, a potential six rotation pin player with an outstanding upside,” Posey said. “We have been recruiting her a long time and we believe she has a chance to be a special player here. Her versatility to hit first tempo sets as well as high balls will allow us to be very creative offensively. Melanie will add a high level of athleticism and competiveness to our team. She is a dedicated and bright student, eager to move forward in her growth as a complete player and to develop further as a responsible student-athlete.”
Milkowski comes to Kansas City from Parker, Colo., serving as a 5-11 outside hitter at Highlands Ranch High School. As a senior, Milkowski notched 324 kills, 290 digs, 22 blocks and 39 aces after finishing with 305 kills, 298 digs, 41 blocks and 69 aces as a junior and 167 kills, 184 digs, 13 blocks and 25 aces as a sophomore. During her time at HRHS, Milkowski helped the Falcons to a pair of conference titles and two more runner-up finishes, as well as a state championship as a freshman and a fifth place finish as a junior. As a junior she was named First Team All-Continental League and Second Team as a sophomore.
“We found out about Kelsie a bit late but we were fortunate that she was still available to fill an outside hitter position for us,” Posey said. “With a blue-collar work ethic and a fierce determination, Kelsie has a chance to play early in her career. An impact player on every team she's played with, Kelsie can score a variety of ways. With power and finesse, Kelsie is the type of athlete that will do what it takes for her team to be successful. An honor student and team captain, we anticipate Kelsie will immerse herself in our program, our athletic department and our university community.”
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