Game 1 vs. San Jose State
The University of Nebraska at Omaha volleyball team opened play at the Central Michigan Chippewa Challenge on Friday facing off against San Jose State.
Omaha fell 3 sets to 1 (25-22, 20-25, 12-25, 15-25).
The Mavericks battled hard with San Jose State in the first two sets as sophomore Mackenzie Horkey led the charge with 12 kills and 13 digs. Sydney O’Shaughnessy also contributed with 34 assists and nine digs.
Fresh off her 1,000th kill game, senior Kelley Wollak tallied eight kills and Michaela Schimmer also
added eight kills.
Omaha was overwhelmed in the match by SJSU’s five players that recorded double-figure kill performances.
SJSU’s Tyanna Roy, Hanaa Tresnakova, Sara HIbbs, Giulia Gavio and Nandyala Gama combined for 54 kills on the day.
Game 2 vs. Evansville
Omaha battled back in game 2 against Evansville, stealing a 3-2 win (21-25, 25-20, 19-25, 25-18, 15-8).
Senior middle blocker Megan Schmale dominated a double figure kill performance. Schmale hit .448 with 15 kills and seven digs.
Senior hitter Michaela Schimmer also got in on the action with 13 kills and Wollak added her sixth double-double of the year, tallying 12 kills and 12 digs. O’Shaughnessy once again contributed with 46 assists, six digs and six blocks. In the deciding set, Omaha never trailed. Schimmer placed a kill to end the game 15-8.
Omaha led Evansville in kills (63-49), assists (56-45), and blocks (12-5). The Mavericks also outhit their
opponent .204 to .092, leading them to their second five-set win of the season.
Game 3 vs. Central Michigan
The Mavericks fell to the hometown team in their final game of the CMU Challenge, losing 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-19) against Central Michigan in the nightcap.
O’Shaughnessy and Wollak kept Omaha in the game with 28 and 10 kills, respectively. Averaging 9.00 assists and 1.83 blocks over three matches, O’Shaughessy was named to the all-tournament team. Central Michigan’s Jordan Bueter was a thorn in Omaha’s side the whole game as she tallied 12 kills, hitting .440.
Although Omaha was swept in the match, each game had the Mavericks within striking distance. Going 1-2 on the weekend, Omaha fell to 5-8 on the year. The Mavericks will head north again this weekend as they begin Summit League play at South Dakota