UMKC Eliminated from WAC Tourney in Five-Set Heartbreaker
UMKC Athletics 11-18-2016
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LAS CRUCES, N.M. – 2016 All-WAC First-Team honorees Emma Hagedorn (Parkville, Mo.) and Madison Mosier (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) each tallied 21 kills and WAC Setter of the Year Kaylyn Brandt (Sumner, Iowa) notched a career-high 70 assists, leaving it all on the court for their final Western Athletic Conference Tournament, but their efforts weren’t enough as No. 4 UMKC volleyball lost a five-set heartbreaker to No. 5 UT Rio Grande Valley.

It was the Hagedorn, Mosier, and Brandt show the entirety of the match for the Roos (15-13) starting with a 25-21 victory in the first set. Hagedorn led the way for UMKC with six kills and Mosier added five as the two led the team to a .405 hitting percentage, while Brandt added two kills of her own and 15 assists in the win.

Set two was an instant classic, with both teams going punch-for-punch, but it was UTRGV that eventually came out on top 33-31. This time it was Mosier that led the way for the Roos, notching eight kills on a .778 hitting efficiency in the set. Hagedorn hit .444 in the second, tallying five kills, and Brandt brought her night’s assist total up to 36 with 21 in the set. Junior Devan Porter (Bettendorf, Iowa) aided the Roos offensively in the set with four kills and two service aces.

After an exhausting second set, UMKC came out flat in the third and fell behind early 5-1, forcing head coach Christi Posey to call a timeout. The Roos couldn’t get composed right away, and UTRGV stretching the lead, forcing the sixth-year head coach to call another timeout with the Roos down 12-1.

UMKC did their best to get back into the set, and regained a little momentum by making things respectable, but ultimately lost the third set 25-13.

The Roos used the little bit of momentum from the third set to keep their season alive, winning the fourth 25-23. This time it was WAC All-Freshman selection Alicia Harrington (Cedar Falls, Iowa) powering the UMKC attack, hitting .857 in the set with six kills. Hagedorn continued her outstanding night with five kills on .500 hitting, but the UTRGV defense found a way to keep Mosier’s talents silent momentarily, holding her to just three kills on -.200 hitting in the set.

With the season on the line, the Roos battled hard, but UTRGV wasn’t going to go away easily. The two went back-and-forth the entirety of the set, with each team finding an answer time-after-time when on the edge of elimination. UMKC had a match point opportunity twice, but the Vaqueros had three shots at winning it, and did so with the third, taking down the Roos 20-18. Brandt recorded 11 assists in the final set to get to her career-high 70, while Mosier and Hagedorn each recorded four kills to end with 21 apiece.

Harrington and Porter each reached double-digits in kills, Harrington finishing with 15 and Porter with 11. Porter completed the night with four aces to finish with a team-high 27 on the year. Freshman Rhegan Spiegel (Savannah, Mo.) led the Roos with 13 digs, and Hagedorn and Harrington finished the night with five and four block assists, respectively.

Hagedorn finished the season with an astonishing .439 hitting percentage, the most efficient season in UMKC history, topping her own mark set in 2014 with a .342 percentage. With a .320 hitting percentage, Mosier had the fifth-most efficient season in UMKC history. Brandt capped the year with 1,131 assists, which is the eighth-most in a single season in program history, and averaged 11.20 assists per set, which is the fourth-best total in school history.

Brandt finished her career with 3,127 assists, which ranks third in the UMKC career record books behind Katy Kampschroeder (4,955, 1996-99) and Kristy Waltemeyer (4,528, 2002-05). Hagedorn moved into the top-10 list for career kills, finishing her illustrious career at UMKC with 997.

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