Kansas City volleyball opens conference play with sweeps against CSU Bakersfield and California Baptist

Kansas City volleyball put on a clinic in their victory over CSU Bakersfield last Thursday at the Swinney Center. 

The Roos played at another level compared to the Roadrunners, completing their first sweep of the season, 25-17, 25-19, and 25-14.

“I think being at home and being jacked about conference play gave them a little juice,” Head Coach Christi Posey said. “That laid the groundwork for what eventually happened.”

The Roos made sure to finish every point early on in the first set and prioritized blocking every kill that CSU Bakersfield attempted. During the early part of the first set, each team struggled to build any separation. About halfway through the first set, the Roos went on a mini-run that gave them a 15-10 lead. This run gave Kansas City enough breathing room to coast to the end of the set. Kansas City’s R-Senior Ty Lukes had a stellar first set with six kills. 

The second set was highly competitive early in the set. Kansas City used another quick burst to create some separation. The Roos utilized their length and athleticism to block almost every kill CSU Bakersfield attempted in the second set. Kansas City’s front line was at the point of attack all night long, and these blocks were a monumental factor in the Roos controlling and ultimately winning the second set.

Kansas City closed the door to any chance of a CSU Bakersfield comeback by starting the third set with a dominant 8-0 run. Length and athleticism for Kansas City were on another level compared to the Roadrunners. The Roos’ defense took over down the stretch and shut down CSU Bakersfield’s offensive game for the remainder of the match.

“This was probably our best performance defensively,” Posey said. “We were able to score points from block defense and then dig to convert. That was great to see because we have been working in that area.”

The Roos continued their success with another three-set victory over California Baptist on Saturday. 

The first set began as a back-and-forth contest and reached a 19-19 tie, but the Roos finished on a 6-1 run to take the set. 

Kansas City improved their play in the second set and lead the entire way, highlighted by six kills from Alicia Harrington. 

In the third set, senior Mikala Wells went down with a knee injury following a kill. Wells did not return, and according to Kansas City athletics, she will wait for test results next week. 

Despite the injury, the Kansas City finished the set on a 12-5 run to clinch the victory. These wins gave the Roos their first consecutive sweeps since October of last year.

Kansas City will host Grand Canyon on Monday at 7 p.m. at Swinney Center. 

laldpy@mail.umkc.edu

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