Volleyball newcomers shine for Roos in Runnin’ Bulldog Classic

Kate Baxendale

Freshmen Jessica Hendin and Skyler Muff were named to the Runnin’ Bulldog Classic All-Tournament Team as the Kangaroos finished second after falling to Charlotte but defeating Delaware State in Saturday’s matches at the Paul Porter Arena in Boiling Springs, N.C.

In the final match, the Roos took second place with a 3-1 win over Delaware State behind 14 kills each from Muff and Hendin.

The Roos won in four sets, 25-18, 20-25, 25-12 and 25-19. They now stand 7-5.

In the fourth set, the Roos led 10-9 before going on a 9-3 run, which included two aces by Emily Lucas. Delaware State closed the gap to 22-18, but two errors and kill by Morgan Voorhes ended the match.

Hendin and Muff each finished with 14 kills, while Wemhoff finished with her third consecutive double-double with 17 assists and 11 digs.

In the opener against the 49ers, freshman Hendin led the Roos’ offense with 15 kills. But the Roos lost in five sets, 23-25, 25-23, 25-18, 18-25 and 11-15.

The Roos opened the tournament Friday night, defeating Gardner-Webb (N.C.) 25-27, 25-22, 25-22, 25-27 and 15-9.

The runner-up finish was a boost for the Roos after getting swept by the Kansas Jayhawks on Sept. 4th in Lawrence.

Prior to the Kansas match, the Roos finished 3-1 at the UniWyo Cowgirl Classic over Labor Day weekend in Laramie, Wyo.

“We are getting better at defense,” freshman Tayrn Miller said. “The thing with [defense] is you have to be in it mentally all the way.”

The Roos will travel to play IUPUI at 6 p.m. in Indianapolis on Friday before facing Western Illinois at 7 p.m. on Saturday in Macomb.

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