UMKC Volleyball breaks school record and makes history

Dan Moreno

This weekend, Head Coach Christi Posey and UMKC Volleyball made history after setting a new school record for the most consecutive wins after back-to-back victories against Utah Valley and Seattle at Swinney Recreation Center. The volleyball team’s winning streak stands at 11.

On Friday, the Roos came back after falling 25-21 in the first set against the Utah Valley, and won three straight sets 25-22, 25-21 and 25-21 to break the nine-game winning streak established in 1992.

UMKC’s offense was led by Sydney Crimmins, who finished with 17 kills and a .400 hitting percentage, while Emma Hagedorn hit .500 with 13 kills.  The team secured a .225 hitting clip.

“Our team was excited and certainly proud of breaking the record of nine straight wins. However, it’s more than that for them,” Posey said.  “This team is largely made up of the first recruiting class of our staff when we arrived in 2011, and, as we’ve added quality players to that core group, it has always been about re-establishing a volleyball program that UMKC Athletics, the University and the Kansas City Community can be proud of.”

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On Saturday, the Roos faced Seattle University and extended the winning streak to 11 victories after a 3-1 win over the Redhawks. The Roos took the first set 25-17, lost the second 14-25 and took the last two 25-19 and 25-17.

Offensively, Hagedorn and Crimmins led the way, each with a team-high 13 kills, while hitting .647 and .258, respectively. As a team, Kansas City hit .313, the second best performance this season.

Last year, the Roos finished with an overall record of 15-4, 9-7, with four victories as the season’s longest winning streak. But this year, the Roos have made history.

“The difference between last year and this year is maturity, confidence and a level of toughness that we didn’t demonstrate consistently,” Posey said. “Our team is learning each match a bit more about themselves, as well as finding different ways to win.”

On Monday, the Roos will look to extend the team’s winning streak as the team hosts the Missouri Tigers at 7 p.m.

“Momentum is all about confidence,” Posey said. “Success certainly breeds confidence but in the trenches we talk a lot about the process of doing the little things really well night in and night out.  Our team prides itself in playing really hard for each other and they enjoy being together in the battle.  My hope is that when someone comes to watch us play, they see those things and they enjoy it so much they come back and bring friends.”

After UMKC takes on Mizzou, the team will visit New Mexico State on Thursday and Texas-Pan American on Saturday.