Kansas City Opens Up WAC Play Against Lopes, Wolverines
UMKC Athletics 9-19-2018
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – UMKC volleyball (9-5) opens up Western Athletic Conference play this week when it heads to Phoenix, Ariz., to take on Grand Canyon on Sep. 20 at 9 p.m. CT and Orem, Utah, to face Utah Valley on Sep. 22 at 2 p.m. CT.

Fans can follow all the action via live stats here and watch the both matches live on the WAC Digital Network.

About the Roos
UMKC closes out the nonconference schedule with a 9-5 record overall, its best nonconference record since going 11-3 in 2014.  During the tournament slate, Tyrecia Lukes was named WAC Offensive Player of the Week during the season’s opening week and to the All-Tournament teams at the UMKC Invitational, Kangaroo Classic (MVP) and the Billiken Invitational and Alicia Harrington was named all-tournament at the Kangaroo Invitational and Billiken Invitational, while Melanie Brecka, Emma Dyer, Brooke Jacobs and Rhegan Spiegel each also garnered one all-tournament selection.

About the Opponents
GCU won seven of its 12 nonconference matches and had four players (Kaira Moss, Annabelle Kubinski, Teagan DeFalco and Kayla Matthews) earn all-tournament honors.  The Lopes have tallied 13 double-doubles this season. Kayla Redfield leads the way with four, followed by Matthews (three), Melody Horton (three), Molly Feldmeth (two) and Meme Fletcher.

The Wolverines enter the weekend with an 8-5 record on the season, including notching a win over North Carolina State.  Five times a UVU player was named to an all-tournament team including three times by Kristen Allred.  Kazna Tarawhiti, meanwhile, was named WAC Offensive Player of the Week on Sep. 3.

Up Next
The Blue & Gold returns to Kansas City for its conference opener when it welcomes in Chicago State on Sep. 27 at 7 p.m. CT.

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