Kansas City volleyball puts forth valiant effort in season opener against KU

Kansas City volleyball gave its all against who will likely be its hardest non-conference opponent of the year in Kansas University. Although the Roos came up short, they showed their ability to go up against capable teams like the Jayhawks.

The home crowd was in full swing Friday evening at Swinney Center, and the Roos fed off of that energy.

The first set was shocking in and of itself, with Kansas City winning by a commanding margin of 25-13. The Jayhawks had a few mistakes – service errors, “out of rotation” calls and more – but the Roos played their hearts out nonetheless.

While the Roos started strong and took a 2-1 lead, they eventually fell in a five-set thriller.

Many players shined for Kansas City in the match. Sophomore Maddie Renn finished with a team-high 21 digs, while senior Alica Harrington had 16 kills.

Senior Ty Lukes, who finished with 15 kills herself, was happy with her overall play.

“I was a little nervous,” Lukes said. “But I just take it game by game.”

Coach Posey was pleased with how the Roos played on Friday evening, saying the first set was probably the best she had seen in years for Kansas City volleyball.

The Roos return to action against Louisiana Tech on Friday, Sep. 6 at 1:00 p.m. at Swinney Center.

cmme56@umkc.edu

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