By Nate Tenopir, Sports Editor
The UNO volleyball team traveled to Denver for the Colorado Premier Challenge last weekend, earning their second win of the season but dropping three others to go 2-10 on the year. The Mavs’ lone victory came in a 3-2 set win in Friday’s 3:30 p.m. match against Cal Baptist.
UNO played four matches in total, getting the one win against Cal Baptist and suffering losses to Seattle Pacific, Regis University and UC-Colorado Springs. Despite the results, there were some individual bright spots.
After failing to record a kill and hitting -.750 in the opener against Seattle Pacific, sophomore outside hitter Abby Sorensen rebounded to set career marks. In the win against Cal Baptist, Sorenson’s 19 kills were the most in her career.
Sorensen eclipsed that mark just a day later, scoring 26 kills against UC-Colorado Springs. All together, Sorensen had 56 kills for the weekend, and teammate Natalie Ebke added 51 kills of her own.
Libero Angie Reicks piled up 59 digs in the tournament, and setter Emily Myers led the Mavs with 156 assists over the four matches. As a team, UNO hit .164 on the weekend.
In the opener against Division II #16 Seattle Pacific, the Mavs were never really able to get anything going. Eight UNO attack errors in the first set doomed the Mavs to a 25-17 win.
UNO only got to 10 points in the second set and 17 in the third, losing the match in straight sets. The Mavs rallied in their second match against Cal Baptist, taking down the Lancers 3-2.
Trailing two sets to none, UNO survived in the third with a 25-22 victory. With the Mavs trailing 18-14, the team went on a run capped by junior Chelsea Snyder’s kill, to take a 20-19 lead.
Cal Baptist would even the score at 21, but a 4-1 run by UNO gave them the set. The fourth set was tied at 10 when Ebke and Sorensen added three kills a piece to move the Mavs out to a 20-14 advantage.
The Lancers got back in the set off of three UNO errors, but Sorensen added another kill and Reicks an ace to get the Mavs to the eventual 25-19 win. After fighting back to force a fifth set, it appeared all that work would be for naught as Cal Baptist served for the match up 14-13.
A service error by the Lancers tied the set at 14, and UNO responded with a kill by Sorensen and an error from Cal Baptist to win the match 16-14. On Saturday the Mavs would again play five sets, this time against Regis.
The two teams went back and forth with the Rangers winning the first and third sets and UNO winning the second and fourth. The Mavs got to 13-13 in the fifth, but Regis earned the final two points to take the five set victory.
Ebke tied a career high of 19 kills in the match and had her fifth double double of the season, adding 22 digs as well. UNO had the match tied at a set a piece in the afternoon matchup with UC-Colorado Springs but lost 25-17 and 28-16 in the final two sets.