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Kansas City Volleyball Picked Third in Preseason; Lukes Eyed for Player of the Year
UMKC Athletics 8-20-2019
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - After taking third in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) last year, the Kansas City volleyball team has been selected by WAC coaches to finish in the same spot this upcoming season. The Roos garnered 52 points, including two first place nods, finishing only behind New Mexico State (60) and Utah Valley (55). New Mexico State took home first place in the WAC tournament last year, beating Kansas City in the semifinals and Utah Valley in the championship.

A full front line was selected to the preseason All-WAC team for the Roos: senior outside hitter Alicia Harrington, sophomore opposite side hitter Melanie Brecka and senior middle hitter Ty Lukes. Additionally, Lukes was chosen by coaches for the WAC’s highest preseason honor, preseason Player of the Year.

Lukes, a Miami, Fla. native, found herself competing among the best in the nation during her break-out season last year. She finished fourth in the NCAA, first in the WAC in hitting percentage (.420). She was also one of the best blockers in the nation. She finished 30th nationally in total blocks (147), good for second in the WAC. She was honored at nearly all of the tournaments that the Roos participated in, was named First Team All-WAC, WAC Offensive Player of the Week (twice) and All-Region in the Midwest.

Harrington has led Kansas City in kills per set each of the last two years, finding herself on the All-WAC Second Team in 2017 and First Team in 2018. Brecka had an outstanding freshman year for the Roos, earning a spot on the All-WAC Second Team and the All-Freshmen team.

The Roos have finished with a winning record six of the last seven years, by far the best stretch in program history. They return 11 players from last year’s squad and add four freshmen.

Kansas City will hold its Blue/Gold Alumni Scrimmage this Saturday at 4 p.m. before opening up its regular season at home on Friday, August 30 against the University of Kansas. Tickets can be bought here.

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