UMKC volleyball falls to Oral Roberts


Kansas City Volleyball lost to Oral Roberts University last Saturday in a disappointing 3-1 game. However, the Roos managed to finish with more kills, aces, assists and digs than Oral Roberts.

Maddie Renn led the team in digs and Melanie Brecka hit a season-high 25 eliminations (one off her career high), but that wasn’t enough to defeat the Golden Eagles.

Set a

The first three points in Kansas City’s set were kills from senior Melanie Brecka. Shortly after, a ball handling error by Oral Roberts sophomore Bryanne Soares helped the Roos take a 5-3 lead.

The Roos had the next serve but made the same mistake, as a ball handling error by Kansas City grad student Alli Schomers gave Oral Roberts a point.

After some back and forth, a kill from Oral Roberts senior Aixa Vigil tied the set 8-8.

A poor set from Oral Roberts gave the Roos a fighting chance, but Kansas City service errors and a kill from Oral Roberts sophomore Kaia Dunford ended the set.

The Roos lost the first set 25-21.

Set Two

The Roos had the first serve of the second set, but an Oral Roberts kill put the Golden Eagles on the board. Shortly after, two straight Brecka wins put the Roos ahead 3-2.

Kansas City continued their fight, capitalizing on five straight serves to take a 12-9 lead.

An offensive error by Kansas City graduate student Schomers gave the Golden Eagles a point, but the Roos still had a four-point lead.

The Golden Eagles managed to catch up with the Roos, and things got tense after a Kansas City Brecka kill tied the set 23-23.

The Roos fought hard, but a kill by Oral Roberts rookie Trinity Freeman ended the set.

Kansas City lost the second set 25-23.

Set three

Kansas City came out with a different mindset in the third set, starting with a strong kill.

Several Roo kills later, Kansas City showed the Golden Eagles that spirit with a 10-3 lead.

A service error by Oral Roberts junior Jeslyn Spencer extended Kansas City’s promising lead 13-6. A Kansas City offensive error would give the Golden Eagles a point, but the Roos had already built an eight-point lead.

The Roos had the next seven serves and dominated with a 24-9 lead.

The Golden Eagles managed to score three more points, but a service error from Oral Roberts gave the Roos three sets.

Kansas City crushed the third set and won 25-12.

set four

Set four started with a Roo serve and a kill. Another Kansas City kill gave the Roos an early lead.

The Golden Eagles had the same plan as a kill was dispatched by Oral Roberts second year Jaxie Wakley who tied the set 5-5.

Three costly offensive errors in a row by Kansas City’s Thompson reduced the Roos by two.

The Roos managed to close the gap, and after a poor set from Oral Roberts sophomore Chloe Salcedo, the Roos were still trailing 20-18.

Kansas City had an ace on serve, winning a point to close the 21-20 deficit and win the ball.

A Roo serve was sent by Schomers, but a kill by Oral Roberts junior Sakira Lacour gave the Golden Eagles the final three serves.

Oral Roberts would end the set on a 4-0 run.

The Roos lost set four 25-20 and lost the match 3-1.


Kansas City Volleyball will return home to face the St. Thomas Tommies and Western Illinois Leathernecks tomorrow and Saturday, Nov. 12, respectively.

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