Volleyball opens conference play with a win

The Roos took eight of the final twelve points and won set four 25-14. (Ryan Weaver Photography)

Marissa Leggio

The Roos opened conference play this past Thursday, winning three of the four sets against North Dakota State and recording a season-high 13 blocks. 

Senior Melanie Brecka led the team to victory and had a .484 hitting percentage, setting a personal season high.

Set one

The first set started out strong. The Roos were all over the floor and took advantage of a 5-0 lead early in the first set. The team was in perfect position for the next few serves. 

A huge kill by senior De’Janae Arnold increased Kansas City’s lead, putting them over North Dakota State 16-9.

The Bison knew they could not let go of set one yet and decided to turn things around. They led a strong 10-2 run, but a block by seniors Arnold and Odyssey Warren tied set one at 23-23.

In the face of the even set, Brecka pulled out her eighth kill of the first set and gave the Roos the 29-27 win. 

Set two

After coming off a tough win in set one, the Roos were ready for another. Junior Bree Thompson made her way to the court and made multiple big plays.

She threw down three kills and gave Kansas City a 9-7 lead. Brecka also continued her fantastic day when she had another kill and put the Roos up 17-13. 

Finally, a block by Brecka and sophomore Carly Gillen sealed the Roos 25-20 victory in the second set.

Set three

The Roos took advantage of set three early when Warren sent across three-straight kills and gave Kansas City a 7-4 edge. 

As the set went on things got tough and the Roos were flustered by the Bison’s stalwart defense. The team struggled to stay afloat as North Dakota State came back around on an 8-3 run. The Bison used their momentum to capture a 25-14 win over the Roos. 

Set four 

As the fourth set began, the Roos were already correcting things they missed in set three.

Kansas City came out with a strong offense and took a 7-1 lead in early set four. 

The team continued its high tide and along with a solo block by Warren, and the Roos forced North Dakota State to use its second timeout. 

The Roos took eight of the final twelve points and won set four 25-14. 

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