(KMAland) – A 2-0 night for Drake, wins for Iowa State and Kansas and wins for UMKC and Kansas State highlighted Friday’s roster of regional college volleyball.
State of Iowa (8-2): The Cyclones swept St. Thomas 25-12, 26-24, 25-15 behind 13 kills from Brooke Andersen, who also served three aces. Jaden Newsome had 27 assists and Marija Popovic pushed 21 digs. Eleanor Holthaus added 14.
Iowa (2-7): The Air Force beat Iowa by five points: 20-25, 28-26, 25-21, 20-25, 15-6. Courtney Buzzerio had 27 kills, four aces and two blocks. Hannah Clayton and Kyndra Hansen won 14 and 11 each while Bailey Ortega distributed 57 assists.
Creighton (10-1): The Bluejays kept up the good times with a 25-19. 25-10, 25-19 sweep through Wyoming. Jaela Zimmerman had nine kills, Annika Welty added six while Abby Bottomley served five aces and 21 strong digs. Kendra Wait recorded 19 assists.
Drake (4-3): Drake swept through Idaho and beat Southeast Louisiana in five sets. In the win over Idaho, Lindsey Pilapol recorded 16 kills, while Emily Plock added 10 winners. Caitlyn Smith had 22 assists, Kylee Macke recorded 17 balls and Haley Bush had 12 digs. In the second win, Mariana Rodrigues recorded 22 assists while Bush and Ashlynn Kuhn added 11. Kuhn also had 8 blocks and Madeline Holt had 44 assists.
Northern Iowa (5-7): The Panthers went 1-1, beating UTSA in four and losing to Wright State in four. In the win, Emily Holterhaus led the way with 13 kills and four aces while Kira Fallert added 11 and Inga Rotto had 10 to complete her five blocks. Tayler Alden set them up with 27 assists and Kaylee Donner had 17 digs.
Missouri (3-9): The Tigers lost to Illinois but beat North Texas by five points (12-25, 25-15, 21-25, 26-24, 15-5). Kayla Burbage led Mizzou to victory with 14 kills. Anna Dixon had 12 and Brynn Carlson had nine. Burbage also had seven blocks. Nicole Alford recorded 32 assists.
Kansas (7-3): Kansas swept the state of Missouri 25-22, 25-16, 25-18 on Friday. Caroline Bien had 10 kills and 16 digs. Jenny Mosser added nine kills and six scoops. Kennedy Farris had 12 digs and the combo of Elise McGhie and Camryn Turner started the offense with 22 and 19 assists, respectively.
Kansas State (8-2): The Wildcats’ eighth victory came in four sets against Weber State (23-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-23). Aliyah Carter had 22 kills and 16 digs while Jayden Nembhard added 20 winners. Mackenzie Morris served three aces and had 24 digs, Sydney Bolding had five blocks and Teana Kaonohi-Adams distributed 51 assists. Jacque Smith contributed 17 excavations.
UMKC (9-2): The Roos beat Albany in four (25-17, 21-25, 25-21, 25-18). Three UMKC hitters recorded double-digit wins: Odyssey Warren (19), De’Janae Arnold (14) and Melanie Brecka (10). Ali Schomers set them up with 48 assists and Maddie Renn made 15 digs. Kennedy Schritenthal and Brecka added 11 and 10 digs, respectively.
Northwestern Missouri State (7-2): The UCM swept through the northwestern state of Missouri (25-14, 25-20, 25-18). Payton Kirchhoefer had eight kills to lead the Bearcats while Olivia Dir and Jaden Ferguson scored six each. Rachel Sturdevant served four aces and Alyssa Rezac had 13 assists. Maddy Ahrens assisted with 12 assists.