Tyrecia Lukes named WAC player of the week

Gary Enrique Bradley-Lopez

The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) recently named UMKC’s middle hitter Tyrecia Lukes the Offensive Volleyball Player of the Week.

Lukes is a criminal justice and psychology major. When she isn’t challenging herself on the court, she enjoys hanging out with her friends Mykal Sadler and Alicia Harrington.

After taking a year off from playing volleyball, the WAC Player of week award means a lot.

“Now that I did that, I have to do it at every game,” said Lukes.

Her family was filled with excitement when they received the news that Lukes named player of the week. They screenshotted the information and advertised her award all over social media with happiness. That’s why Lukes “goes hard” for her family.

The 6’1″ redshirt senior averaged 5.00 Kills per set on a blazing .542 hitting to lead the WAC with 5.29 points per set. Her record also includes an impressive 0.50 blocks per set.

Lukes is goofy, focused and quiet, but she challenges herself on being more vocal on the court to communicate with her team.

Lukes is a transfer student from Highland Community College. Although she had a chance to go back home to Florida, she knew she would be more focused at UMKC.

She still has one more year to figure out what she’ll do post-graduation, though she is considering playing volleyball overseas.

She thinks her biggest accomplishments at UMKC isn’t her amazing skills on the court, but the personal growth she’s experienced by “doing community service, helping others, and helping my teammates.”

She would love to leave a legacy on the court as someone who never gave up.

Her advice to future UMKC players is to “Go out there, play hard, and don’t let any one stop you”.

To see Lukes’s kills and stats on the court, visit http://www.umkckangaroos.com.


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