Volleyball’s 17-game winning streak comes to an end

Photo by David Peterlin

Dan Moreno

The UMKC Volleyball team’s 17-game winning streak came to an end on Saturday after falling to Grand Canyon University in a thrilling five-set match at Swinney Recreation Center.

On Thursday night, the Kangaroos set a school record after recording its 21st victory of the season by defeating the Bakersfield Roadrunners 3-1. Junior Taryn Miller led the team, finishing with 36 digs, giving Miller the most career digs at UMKC with a total of 1,630.

Bakersfield started strong with a 25-21 win in set one, but the ‘Roos won sets two, three and four to secure the team’s 17th straight win.

The Kangaroos executed 16.5 blocks as a team, finishing a half block shy of their season-high and the WAC season-high. Middle hitters Emma Hagedorn and Melisa Hartsel each recorded eight blocks.

Despite Thursday’s win, Head Coach Christi Posey’s team was unable to take down the Grand Canyon University on Saturday night after the Roos came back twice only to lose the fifth set.

In the deciding set, GCU scored three of the first four points and maintained a three point lead in the first half. However, the Roos tied the set at 13-13 after back-to-back kills from Sydney Crimmins and Jessica Hendin.

The Lopes took the next point, but a GCU error tied the setat 14-14. Nonetheless, the Lopes got the final two points of the match, taking the set 16-14 and the match 3-2.

Crimmins led the Roos against GCU, hitting .356 with19 kills and a career-high 21 digs for her 10th double-double of the season.

“I believe they [the team] have earned the right to be really proud of what they’ve accomplished thus far,” Posey said. “Our team prides itself in playing really hard for each other and they enjoy being together in the battle.”

UMKC still holds a 1.5 match lead in the Western Athletic Conference standings over New Mexico State despite Saturday’s loss.
Only four matches remain in the team’s regular season. The Kangaroos will visit Seattle University this Thursday at 8 p.m. CT.