Edinburg, TX – In match that never really found defensive rhythm, the University of Texas-Pan American women’s volleyball team (5-16, 2-5 in WAC) dropped the Western Athletic Conference match against the University of Missouri-Kansas (18-3,6-0) on Saturday afternoon by a final score of (3-0).
UTPA opened the first set in strong fashion, matching UMKC point for point in the early going in route to a slim 5-4 deficit. That success would not be sustained, however, a series of defensive lapses quickly left the Broncs out of sorts on both sides of the net. The formidable Kangaroos attack seemed to take control from that point forward to propel UMKC to a 25-10 first set lead.
Despite the lopsided score, the opening set had a mass of drama midway through as the officiating crew stopped for extended periods on three separate occasions as they discussed a controversial kill call, a perceived rotation violation, and the continued protest by UTPA coach Bryan Yale’s regarding that violation.
The Broncs would open Set 2 back on their heels, transitioning their attack away from the left side and toward the middle of the court in an attempt to kick start their offense behind middle blockers Haley Durham and Maria Kliefoth. That strategic transition would find limited success as the Kangaroos pounded their way to a second set victory of 25-18.
With victory within their grasp, UMKC opened the final set on defensive flurry sending multiple UTPA attacks bouncing back at the point of attack. With both team locked in a variable defensive slug fest, the final set saw three separate volley’s span over 1:30 each before Kangaroos finished on a 15-7 run to close the match.
With the midway point of their conference season fast approaching the Broncs will look to bounce back from Saturdays defeat when they hit the road for matchups with Grand Canyon and Cal State-Bakersfield on October 23 and 25. The Kangaroos will next head to Chicago State for a match on October 24th, before returning home to face that same Cougar team on October 26th.
(6 kills, 1 solo-block, and 6 assisted blocks)
(9 kills and 6 assisted blocks)