By Andrew Nelson
The Omaha volleyball team traveled to Indiana last weekend for their final two games of the regular season. The Mavericks rode a seven-game win-streak into the weekend, and improved it to eight games after defeating Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne on Friday night 3-1 (25-21, 27-29, 25-23, 25-13).
Omaha then lost to Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis the following night 3-1 (25-20, 25-20, 28-30, 25-18) ending the win streak. UNO improves to 17-12 (12-4), while IPFW dropped to 7-25 (4-12) and IUPUI improved to 21-9 (12-4).
Megan Schmale dominated Friday’s game leading with a match-high 16 kills and seven blocks which helped her break the school record for career block assists which was 436. Schmale also hit .500 on the night while teammate Sydney O’Shaughnessy earned her twentieth double-double of the year with 52 assists and 16 digs.
Kimberly Bailey, the senior libero, has been on fire the past four games with twenty or more digs and Friday was no different, totaling 24 digs. Mackenzie Horkey and Gessica Gdowski each recorded 13 kills, Gdowski’s was a season-high.
The first set featured 11 ties with the Mavs taking it late, while the second set was just as close with the Mastodons tying it late twice, and later taking the set. The Mavs regrouped the third set and took another close one before pulling away easily in the fourth set to seal the match win.
Omaha’s Saturday night match with IUPUI was closer than the match the Mavs played against the Jaguars earlier this season at home, but it wasn’t close enough. They did win a set this time around taking a late one 30-28, and put up a season-high 101 digs.
UNO had a chance to clinch a share of the Summit League regular season title Saturday night, but will now shift their focus on the team’s first ever post-season conference tournament.
The Summit League tournament will begin this Friday in Denver, Colo. and the Mavs will enter the tournament as the No. 3 seed.