Volleyball competes in spring tournament



The UNI volleyball team was back in action this weekend, competing in a spring tournament in Kansas City.

ADAM JOHNSON, Sports Writer

The UNI volleyball team is competing in four different spring tournaments. They first competed in Ames, Iowa on March 25. This last week they competed in Kansas City, Mo. in the UMKC Tournament on Saturday, April 8. 

The Panthers first game of the day was against Missouri, who went 9-19 during the regular season last year. The first set took some extra points to decide a winner, but the Panthers were able to sneak out with the win 27-25. Each match would only be two games regardless of if the teams split sets. That did not matter, as the Panthers would take the second set by a score of 23-19, winning the match 2-0. 

The Panthers played that game and got right to work on the next one. Their next opponent was the Arkansas Razorbacks, who had a very good season. They went 21-9 and won a match in the NCAA tournament. This would be a good test for the Panthers against a team that had a similar season to them. The Panthers won the first set in a very close one, winning it 26-24. The Razorbacks got revenge in thes second set, winning it 25-19. This made it a 1-1 tie. 

The third and fourth game were both matchups with Wichita State, a former member of the Missouri Valley Conference with the Panthers. The Shockers had a solid team this past season, going 18-13. The Panthers struggled in the first game. The first set did not go well at all, as the Shockers dominated their way to a 25-17 win. The Panthers did better in the second set, but they still fell short 25-23. The Shockers won the first match 2-0, but the Panthers had another game to get back at them. In the first set of the fourth and final game of the tournament, the Panthers struggled. The Shockers more than doubled the Panthers score, winning 25-11. The second set was better, but still not great by the Panthers. The Shockers won 25-18. The Shockers won 2-0, and overall defeated the Panthers in four straight sets. 

The Panthers did not have the greatest day in the tournament, but it was a good experience as the team looks to build on the great season they had this past year. The Panthers will play two more tournaments this spring. The Panthers will host the next one in Cedar Falls on Saturday, April 15. Following that, they will finish off the spring at the Iowa Spring Tournament in Iowa City, Iowa on Saturday, April 22.