Five sets was a tussle for both UMKC and GCU volleyball, but UMKC came out ahead at Thursday’s face off.
Four out of the five sets were competitive, and the last set was a close contest. UMKC needed a victory, since their record was below .500 when Thursday’s game started.
The first three sets were back-and-forth affairs, with both teams unable to run away with any of the three sets. In the fourth, UMKC was unable to mount a successful comeback and GCU won handily.
There were more than a few service errors by both teams and relatively few service aces during the match. The third set went into what is known as “extra” in volleyball, going up to 27-25, with UMKC winning that challenging set. Freshman Alex Ratzlaff had two impressive points in a row in the second set. Freshman Alli Schomers had a team-leading 31 assists.
Both teams called time outs when things were discernibly in danger of running out of control, with “double contact” occurring occasionally on either side.
Sophomore Rhegan Spiegel was pleased with how the team played overall. She was also concerned with the team itself.
“I think we played well together!” she said afterwards. Spiegel had a team-leading 26 digs on Thursday evening.