KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC volleyball team (7-3) picked up a pair of wins on Saturday to complete a perfect 4-0 weekend and claim the tournament title at the Kangaroo Classic after knocking-off Southeast Missouri State, 3-1, and Providence, 3-0, at the Swinney Recreation Center.
“As pleased as we are to win four matches and win our own tournament, we still believe our best volleyball is ahead of us,” Head Coach Christi Posey said. “We are playing hard, which will always give us a chance in matches, but I’d like to see us be more attentive to the little things more consistently. Overall, we are making strides to becoming a really good team.”
Against the Redhawks, the Roos dropped the opening set 25-18, but quickly evened the match with a 25-15 second set victory. UMKC jumped out to a 6-1 lead with Harrington putting the capper on the rally, before stretching the lead to 15-8 midway through the set. SEMO cut the lead to as little as four, but the final five points went to Kansas City with Lukes notching the final two points on kills
UMKC then pushed the lead to 2-1 with a 25-22 third set victory. Halfway through the set, the score was knotted-up at 14-14 when the Roos went on a 5-1 run, getting three straight kills from Jacobs, Harrington and Lukes. The Redhawks battled back to tie the set late at 22-22, but a kill and an ace from Harrington and a SEMO error gave the set to Kansas City.
The Roos then closed out the match with a 29-27 fourth set win. UMKC built a 16-9 advantage in the frame, but SEMO stormed back to take a 21-19 lead late. UMKC would tie the set seven more times down the stretch before taking the final three points on kills from Alex Ratzlaff and Emma Dyer and a block by Jacobs and Dyer.
In the match, Lukes and Harrington topped the team with 16 kills each, hitting .500 and .300, respectively, while Melanie Brecka added 13, hitting .385. In the back row, Mack Blatcher and Ratzlaff tied for the team-high with 12 digs, with Ratzlaff chipping in six kills. Jacobs, meanwhile tallied six kills and five blocks with Lukes and Dyer adding four and three blocks, respectively. Setting up the offense, Alli Schomers finished with 27 assists, six digs and two aces and Kynnedy Myers added 27 assists, eight digs and an ace
Against the Friars, UMKC fell behind 11-4 in the opening set, before fighting back to tie the set at 21-21 on back-to-back kills from Jacobs and Brecka. PC went back ahead by one, but four of the final five points went to KC with a Harrington kill ending the set.
In the second set, the two teams battled early, but UMKC used a 5-1 run to go ahead 21-16. Providence would only manage two more points the rest of the set as UMKC won 25-18 with Ratzlaff notching back-to-back aces to put the Roos ahead 2-0.
UMKC then closed the match and the tournament out with a 25-22 third set win. The Roos broke a 16-16 tie midway through with a 6-1 run, capped by a block from Lukes and Harrington. PC pulled back to within one late at 23-22, but a Friar error and a block from Dyer sent the Roos home victorious.
In the nightcap, Harrington posted 18 kills, five digs and three blocks, with Jacobs adding eight kills and a solo block.
The Blue & Gold will be back in action again on Tuesday when they welcome in Kansas State to the SRC for a 7 p.m. CT showdown.
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