KANSAS CITY, Mo. – UMKC volleyball head coach Christi Posey announced the addition of four college transfers and two high school seniors to be added to the volleyball program for the 2017 season.
Mackenzie Blatcher (Leawood, Kan.), Brooke Jacobs (Peoria, Ill.), Tyrecia Lukes (Homestead, Fla.) and Alex Ratzlaff (Hillsboro, Kan.) will join spring transfer Kynnedy Myers (Rose Hill, Kan.) and early signee Alli Schomers (Omaha, Neb.) to finalize the 2017 signing class.
Mackenzie Blatcher • 5-5 • Defensive Specialist/Libero • Leawood, Kan. • St. James Academy HS
In her final season at St. James Academy High School, Blatcher received second-team All-Eastern Kansas League laurels for her excellence on the volleyball court. She was a four-year varsity team member for Nancy Dorsey, where she helped her team to the No. 1 rank in the state in two of her seasons, according to MaxPreps.
Posey on Blatcher: “Mackenzie exudes great passion for the game on the court and off. She is ambitious and hard working. She will bring a great attitude and an eagerness to compete for the team.”
Brooke Jacobs • 6-0 • Outside Hitter • Peoria, Ill. • Illinois Central College
A two-year standout at Illinois Central College, Jacobs was selected to the first-team All-Region squad in both of her seasons as a Cougar. In 2016, she was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Volleyball All-America Team. In the classroom, Jacobs has been awarded a spot on the Director of Athletics Honor List for carrying an impressive grade point average in her studies.
Posey on Jacobs: “We are excited to have a player with the all-around skill set that Brooke has. Her confidence and leadership will be present immediately, despite her newness to our team. A versatile attacker, Brooke will provide us with an opportunity to be creative offensively.”
Tyrecia Lukes • 6-1 • Middle Blocker • Homestead, Fla. • Highland Community College (Kan.)
In her final season as a Scottie, Lukes led the team in kills (430) and blocks (141) while starting in all 38 matches and playing 134 total sets. She also ranked third on the team in offensive and defensive stats during conference play, tallying 101 kills and 41 blocks. Lukes is no stranger to accolades, as she took home first-team all-conference, all-district and all-region honors in 2016.
Posey on Lukes: “To have a player with Ty’s length and athletic ability added to our middle group, our excitement rises for quality depth in that position. Her personality and sincerity jump out quickly, so we know she will be a tremendous teammate.”
Alex Ratzlaff • 5-10 • Outside Hitter • Hillsboro, Kan. • University of Nebraska
A transfer from Nebraska, Ratzlaff is known for her stellar career at Hillsboro High School. The two-time high school state champion was selected to the USA Volleyball High Performance Indoor Women’s Junior A1 National Training Program. Ratzlaff was also named a MaxPreps Small Schools All-American.
Posey on Ratzlaff: “Alex brings a lot to our team. Her athleticism and skill set will help our ball control and defense. Her enthusiasm and energy to play hard each point will be exciting for the fans. Alex’s volleyball IQ will provide our younger players a solid floor leader.”
Kynnedy Myers • 5-8 • Setter • Rose Hill, Kan. • Oklahoma Baptist
A two-year starter at Oklahoma Baptist, Myers joins the UMKC squad with 293 sets of playing experience under her belt. The two-time All-Great American Conference selection combined for 342 kills and 2,607 assists over the last two seasons to help lead the Bison to back-to-back National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Championship appearances. The Rose Hill, Kan., native collected NCCAA Second Team All-America honors in 2015 and helped her team finish No. 7 overall in the NCCAA postseason poll.
Posey on Myers: “Kynnedy is a hard working competitor that is eager to help her team. She is passionate about the game and loves her role as our setter. Her effort and enthusiasm to play and better herself is a great example for our team.”
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