Mavericks take first place in Summit standings


Andrew Nelson

The Omaha volleyball team met the North Dakota State Bison for the second time this season last Friday, this time at the Sapp Field-house. After the Bison won the first set, the Mavs took the next three to win the match.

Omaha came back in the second set, and despite a Bison comeback in the third to get within two, the Mavs shut the door. They went on to dominate the fourth set and win the match 3-1 by scores of 20-25, 25-15, 25-22, and 25-12.

The Mavs were led by Michaela Schimmer who had a season high 17 kills and five blocks. Both stats were match highs.

The Mavs won this match more convincingly than the five-set match they played in Fargo earlier this season.

“I felt like we scored better from our pin attacks, and we scored better from our outside,” said Head coach Rose Shires after the game Friday evening.

“The first time we played them it was just a brawl, and I felt that we served better and attacked a lot bet-
ter this match.”

Sydney O’Shaughnessy earned her 15th double-double performance of the year with 45 assists and 21 blocks. She also had a career-best five aces.

Mackenzie Horkey tallied her eighth double-double of the season with 13 kills and 15 digs. Omaha outhit NDSU as a team .261 to .146 in the match.

The Maverick momentum continued into Saturday night as they swept Denver (25-21, 25-1, 25-21), putting the team atop the Summit League standings. The win marked a perfect weekend for the Mavs as they improved to 12-11 (7-3). The Pioneers fell to 20-6 (8-3).

Megan Schmale led the Maverick charge with 16 kills while hitting .652, and she had match highs with five blocks and three aces.

Sydney O’Shaughnessy tallied her second double-double performance of the weekend and her 16th on the season Saturday night with 33 assists and 12 digs. As a team, the Mavs hit for a season-high .298 compared to Denver’s .219.

Freshman Gessica Gdowski tied a season-high with nine kills and five blocks, most of her stats coming in key situations for the Mavs. Schmale and Gdowski combined for a block and a combined three kills to take the first set.

The two then teamed up at the end of the second set with Denver with-in three. They rattled off three kills with help from Horkey to set up a game-winning block from Gdowski and Schmale.

Attacking errors crippled the Pioneers in the third set, and they never pulled within two points of the Mavs as they took the third set, and the match.

Last Thursday Omaha announced senior Kelley Wollak will be out the rest of the year with a season-end-ing knee injury.