KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Alicia Harrington (Cedar Falls, Iowa) finished the day with 29 kills and 25 digs, including a career-high 18 kills and 20 digs against South Dakota, in UMKC volleyball’s split on the opening day of the Kangaroo Klassic at the Swinney Recreation Center.
“We were proud of how our team responded after a tough five-set loss earlier in the day,” Head Coach Christi Posey said. “It was terrific to be in rhythm offensively due to handling the ball well. We're learning and that's important.”
The Roos opened the day with tight 3-2 loss to the Coyotes before rebounding in the evening’s contest with a 3-0 win over Big Ten foe Rutgers.
In the nightcap, UMKC fell behind 10-9 in the first set but Emma Dyer (Higginsville, Mo.) started a 4-0 rally with one of her career-high 14 kills to push UMKC ahead by three. From there, the Roos continued to stretch the lead, going ahead 18-12 on back-to-back kills by Alex Ratzlaff (Hillsboro, Kan.) and Mykal Sadler (Des Moines, Iowa) and an ace from Harrington. Another Dyer killed pushed the margin to a set-high 10 at 24-14 before the Roos closed the set 25-16.
Set two was again tight midway through, but, with the Roos leading 11-9, Harrington started a 5-2 rally with a kill from Alli Schomers (Omaha, Neb.) that Mikayla Martinez (Frederick, Colo.) capped with one of her two aces. A kill from Sadler and an ace from Harrington pushed the Roos to set point before a Scarlet Knight error gave UMKC the set at 25-18.
UMKC then closed out the match with a 25-20 third set victory. UMKC fell behind 12-10 in the set, but a 6-1 run capped by back-to-back Harrington kills put the Roos ahead 16-13. Rutgers closed the margin to one, late, at 19-18, but six of the final eight points went to UMKC, including the match ending kill from Dyer.
In the opening match of the day, UMKC jumped out to a 1-0 lead in contest with a 25-20 first set victory that was bookended by a pair of Harrington kills.
South Dakota followed by evening the match at one set apiece with a 25-18 second set victory, but a dominant 25-16 third set win by the Roos, finished off by a kill from Ratzlaff, put UMKC ahead in the match once again.
The Roos looked to poised to take the match in set four after taking a 23-19 lead late in the fourth set, but the Coyotes rallied back to take the set 27-25. USD then followed with a 15-9 win in the fifth set to claim the match.
On the day, Schomers posted 74 assists and a double-double with 44 assists and 12 digs against South Dakota, while Rhegan Spiegel recorded 14 digs against USD and nine against RU. Ratzlaff, meanwhile, chipped in 16 digs against the Coyotes, while Sadler finished with 17 kills, hitting .483.
As a team, UMKC had 16 blocks against South Dakota and seven against Rutgers, while hitting .326 in the match with the Scarlet Knights.
The Blue & Gold will be back in action again tomorrow when they close out play in the Kangaroo Klassic against Northern Iowa at 1:30 p.m.
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