Volleyball makes comeback in Omaha Classic

Kynslie Otte

UMKC Volleyball saw a strong start to the 2014-15 season as the team competed in Omaha, Neb., in its first tournament, the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Omaha Classic at Sapp Fieldhouse.
On Fri., Aug. 29, the Roos opened with a 2-3 loss to Drake. Despite the loss, senior Melissa Hartsel recorded 19 kills and seven blocks.
The Roos lost the first two sets 25-20 and 25-21, but won the third set 25-23. UMKC recorded a 6-1 run, beginning with three kills by junior Emma Hagedorn, junior Skyler Muff and Hagedorn.
Junior Taryn Miller recorded 29 digs, Kaylyn Brandt with 10 defensive digs and Sydney Crimmins with 12 defensive digs, four blocks and 14 kills.
Sat., Aug. 30, the Roos secured the team’s first win against Central Michigan 3-0. Crimmins totaled 11 kills, nine defensive digs and six blocks, and Miller totaled 17 defensive digs.
UMKC won Saturday’s first set 25-23, the second set 25-22 and the third 25-16.
The Roos’ 3-2 victory against Omaha on Saturday opened with a 17-25 loss in the first set, 25-21 in the second set, a 21-25 loss in the third set, 25-21 in the fourth set and 15-11 in the deciding match.
Crimmins totaled 10 digs and 12 kills, Taylor Buhrow recorded 10 kills, Hendin with 15 kills and 26 digs, Muff with 11 kills and Miller with 22 digs. Nicole Wemhoff secured her first double-double of the season with 22 assists and 16 digs.
Next up, The Roos will head to Brookings, S.D., for the Jackrabbit Invitational Sept. 5-6.