Cyrus Moffett and Kennedy Bright
The Kansas City volleyball team hosted the KC Roos Klassic Volleyball tournament last weekend, going 1-2. The Roos entered the tournament looking to improve upon their first game, a hard-fought defeat against KU.
The Roos took on Louisiana Tech first, who entered the Friday night contest with a 3-0 record. Kansas City was up to the challenge, nonetheless, winning in four sets.
The first set was a close affair, with Louisiana Tech winning in extra allotted play, 29-27.
Kansas City bounced back, however, winning sets two and three convincingly. Set four was close at the end, but Head Coach Christi Posey used her time-outs judiciously, helping the Roos take the set and match.
Junior Ali Schomers finished with seven service aces, while first-year student Peyton Van Nest notched 30 assists.
Sophomore Maddie Renn, who finished with 18 digs, was happy with how the team played. “I think there’s a lot of potential for this team,” Renn said. She also noted the team’s solid hitting efficiency during the contest.
The Roos took on South Dakota State in their second match, losing in three sets.
Misjudging in and out balls hurt Kansas City dramatically in the first set, which they lost 14-25.
The Roos responded with more urgency in set two, tying the score 16 times in a back-and-forth battle. Kansas City came up just short, however, dropping the set 23-25.
“(In set two) we played harder and were able to get balls down,” said Lukes. “We just have to keep working.”
The Roos entered third set with the same energy and urgency as the second. Lukes hit .600 with 11 kills, but it wasn’t enough to stop South Dakota taking the set 25-16, sealing the victory.
Kansas City fell to the Tulsa Hurricanes in four sets on the second day of the tournament. Tulsa took a close first set, winning 25-22. A 25-17 victory for the Roos in the next set seemed promising, but the last two sets were a debacle for Kansas City. At points it looked like the sets were approaching blowout territory, but comebacks from the Roos kept things respectable.
Schomers was disappointed in how the game turned out, but believed there were positives, nonetheless.
“I think we learned to adapt throughout the game,” she said.
The Roos will look to bounce back against Northern Iowa at the Mizzou Invitational on Friday, Sep. 13.