By Andrew Nelson, Contributor
Just two days after notching their first conference win of the season, the Omaha volleyball team returned home to face South Dakota. The Mavs were gone “coyote hunting” on a student issued camo night. Unfortunately, the atmosphere in the Sapp Tuesday night wasn’t enough to propel the Mavericks to a win as they fell in four sets to University of South Dakota..
The score of 25-20, was consistent all night as that was the final score of each set, with Omaha taking the second set to tie the match up before half. Omaha did perform with less errors than the current Summit League leaders. They had 15 less errors on the attack than the Coyotes and two less serving errors. The Mavs also had two less blocking errors than USD, but were out hit by the Coyotes .200 to .186.
“I thought we played well in tonight’s match, we played well enough to be in a position to win. When we do that we have to finish the match,” Head Coach Rose Shires said after the game. Shires is in the midst of her 25th season here in Omaha.
The “block party,” as it is becoming to be known as here in Omaha, was in full force Tuesday night as the Mavs again out blocked their opponent ten to six. The Mavs had block assists all around, with four each from Megan Schmale, Diane Banderas and Michaela Schimmer, and two bock assists each from Kelley Wollak and Amy Taylor.
Kelley Wollak, who is currently fifth in the Summit League in kills, led the Mavs with 16 on the night. Along with her four block assists and solo block, Junior middle blocker Michaela Schimmer had 24 assists on the night. Team captain and libero Kimberly Bailey led the team in digs with 21.
“It was really amazing, I wasn’t really expecting to have that much of a crowd, and it really did help even though we came away with a loss. I think the atmosphere and the support really helps out a lot”.
“I absolutely loved the UNO Student Section.” Shires said, “I was very pleased, and I appreciate the fact that when I tweeted out that they’d come to the game and they did wearing their camo gear. It creates a good environment and I like that, and I’d like to see them out again.”
On Friday night, the Mavs rebounded on a big win against North Dakota State. The Mavs 3-1 victory was UNO’s second home win of the year.
Freshman Sydney O’Shaughnessy had a double-double with 44 assists, a career high and 10 digs.
On Sunday, the Mavs traveled to Denver, falling to the Pioneers 3-0.
Schimmer had a season-best tying 12 kills in the game. O’Shaughnessy led the Mavs with 16 assists and 10 digs for her ninth double-double of the season.
Denver remains undefeated in the Summit League at 4-0. UNO goes to 2-3 in the Summit League and 7-11 on the season.
UNO will have a seven-day break until facing Fort Wayne at home this Sunday at 12 p.m.