Mavericks volleyball “cold open” lends the Jayhawks a win


Caleb Johnson

A University of Nebraska at Omaha volleyball player is about to hit the ball over the net.
Omaha volleyball in a match last season against the University of Northern Iowa. Photo courtesy of University Communications.

UNO volleyball took its first loss of the season on Tuesday, Sept. 3, as they were swept on their home floor by the visiting Kansas Jayhawks.

Playing against a Kansas team that was receiving votes in national polls, the Mavericks came out cold in the early sets. The team lost 11-25 in the first set and 16-25 in the second. Omaha would show improvement, however, as the Mavericks had their best showing in the third set. The set went back and forth between the two teams before the Mavericks lost 25-23. The improvement shown in that set proved to be too little, too late.

As one of Omaha’s standout performer of the evening, sophomore Sadie Limback had a solid performance. She dealt 11 kills in the three sets, but the team as a whole lost the kills battle 40-30.

The hitting percentage was an even more telling statistic about how the match went. Kansas had a fairly efficient night, landing 0.333 % of the time. Meanwhile, the Mavericks found less success, as they were held to a hitting percentage of 0.078.

Another bright spot for the Mavericks was libero Claire Mountjoy. Mountjoy was awarded the Summit League’s defensive player of the week award last week. Her stand-out performance of 64 digs in the opening weekend for the Mavericks earned her the honor. This time against Kansas, Mountjoy led the Mavericks with 11 digs.

Despite the sweep, Omaha head coach Buttermore thought he saw some good things from his team in the game.

“We saw that when we did things the way we wanted to do, we saw that we could play with a Power Five team,” said Buttermore. “So I hope it’s something to learn from.”

It seems that the Mavs did learn something from this game, as this past weekend the team had a successful outing in the Kansas State tournament. Omaha went 2-1 on the weekend with victories over Central Arkansas and Clemson.

The Mavericks will be back in action this weekend as they get set to play in the Bluejay Invitational. The most notable game there will be against cross-town rivals No. 23 Creighton on Friday, Sept. 13. The game will take place at Creighton’s D.J. Sokol Arena.