EDINBURG, Texas. – The UMKC volleyball team (9-19) closed out its 2017 slate when it fell 3-1 to Utah Valley (15-15) on Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament at the UTRGV Fieldhouse.
Alicia Harrington (Cedar Falls, Iowa) led the Roos with her 12th double-double of the season, notching 15 kills and 10 digs, along with two blocks, while Mykal Sadler (Des Moines, Iowa) added 11 kills, three digs and two blocks. Brooke Jacobs (Peoria, Ill.), meanwhile, narrowly missed double figure kills, finishing with nine kills, four blocks and three digs.
The Roos jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the match after taking the first set 26-24. In the set, UMKC fell behind early 3-1, before taking its first lead after a kill from Alli Schomers (Omaha, Neb.) at 6-5. The Roos fell back behind at 11-9, but another Schomers kill started a 5-0 rally that also featured three Sadler kills. UVU, however, did not go away as the Wolverines reclaimed the lead and built it to two on multiple occasions, including lastly at 23-21. The Roos, though, closed the set with four of the final five points, including two kills from Harrington and the set ending ace from senior Mikayla Martinez (Frederick, Colo.).
In the second set, the Roos scored the first three points before stretching the lead to as many as five at 12-7 after a Kynnedy Myers (Rose Hill, Kan.) ace and a pair of UVU errors. The Roos continued to lead until late in the set when the Wolverines used a 5-0 run down 18-15 to take their first lead at 20-18. The Roos would close to within one on two separate occasions down the stretch, but could not complete the comeback falling 25-22.
Game three featured the Roos once again leading near the midway point, this time holding a 15-13 edge over the Wolverines. UMKC continued to lead at 16-15, but three straight from UVU put the Wolverines back in front. The Roos would keep the set close, trailing by just one late at 20-19, but could get no closer falling 25-20.
In the fourth set, UMKC tried to force a fifth set, but was unable to push the match to the limit as the Roos fell 25-20. Kansas City and the Wolverines battled back-and-forth as the score was knotted midway through at 16-16, but Utah Valley closed the match on a 9-4 run to win the match 3-1.
For the Roos, Schomers tallied 21 assists, six kills, seven digs and a block, while setting partner Myers added 16 assists and 10 digs for a double-double. In the back row, Rhegan Spiegel (Savannah, Mo.) recorded 16 digs, three assists and two aces, with Alex Ratzlaff (Hillsboro, Kan.) chipping in a team-high 18 digs, four kills, two blocks, two assists and an ace. At the net, Alexia Morey (Colorado Springs, Colo.) registered six blocks, two kills and two digs.
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