Volleyball sweeps Grand Canyon, fall to CSU-Bakersfield

The Kangaroo volleyball team swept up their second conference opponent in a row Thursday before falling to CSU-Bakersfield in 5 sets Saturday. Both matches were at Swinney Recreation Center.

 
After defeating Chicago State in Chicago, the Kangaroos needed only 3 sets to defeat Grand Canyon at home. Against Bakersfield, they fought well and rallied multiple times, but were unable to win the fifth set. Dropping the first set and winning the next two, the Kangaroos had a chance to end the match in the 4th set but were unable to execute. They now sit at 4-3 in conference and 11-8 overall as they head to Utah Valley for more WAC action.

 
Senior libero Taryn Miller feels good about where the team is right now.

 
“We’re finding our rhythm and working well as a team together,” Miller said.

 
The WAC conference tournament will be hosted at Swinney Rec beginning on Nov. 19. Sophomore outside hitter Meagan Kerns is excited about the chance to win the conference tournament at home.

 
“[I’m]Really excited,” Kerns said. “A little anxious for it but definitely excited just because we’re glad to have everyone here and be able to play conference in front of everyone that we love.”

 
In only two and a half years of competing in the WAC, Taryn Miller has already accumulated over fifteen hundred digs. Her average of 5.28 digs per set is 11th best in the nation.

 
“We work a lot on mental control,” Miller said. “Getting in there, finding the zone. My block does a great job of funneling (the ball) towards me. So it’s just sit down and dig the ball up.”

 
Students are invited to wear Halloween costumes for the match against UTRGV on Oct.31. Fans can vote for their favorite pumpkin carved by UMKC student athletes and take photos in a photo booth with UMKC student-athletes.

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