On Oct. 20, UNO Women’s Volleyball traveled up to Sioux Falls, South Dakota for a match against the South Dakota State (SDSU) Jackrabbits at the Sanford Pentagon.
The Mavericks swept the Jackrabbits for the second time this season. This win snapped a four-match losing streak and puts UNO back at .500 in conference play this season at 4-4. The Mavericks came out and stayed hot throughout the match winning 25-18, 26-24, 25-21 in only 95 minutes.
The Mavericks came out firing in the first set and hit .382 with just one error. Omaha also performed well on the defensive end and had five blocks as a team. However, the set was extremely close and included 14 ties and four lead changes, with the Mavericks finally breaking through an 18-18 lock with a 7-0 closing run finishing it off at 25-18.
Once again, the second set was no breeze for Omaha. After a back and forth beginning to the set, the Mavericks worked past an 8-8 tie with a 5-0 run and prompted an SDSU timeout at 13-8. Omaha maintained the lead until the Jackrabbits knotted it at 24-all. The Mavericks came up clutch to pull out the second set 26-24.
In the third set, Omaha hit at a .350 clip, yet it was an extremely close set. The set was locked at 17-17 when the Mavericks went on a 5-0 run, which pushed it to 21-17. Finally, Omaha took the set 25-21 and completed the sweep.
Sophomore Gessica Gdowski was one of the offensive bright spots for Omaha with 14 kills and two aces on the night. Junior Abby Bergsten was also very impressive with 11 kills on a staggering .500 hit percentage.
As a team, the Mavericks’ offense was on fire with a .306 hit percentage which is well over their .181 mark as a team thus far in the season. This is a great sign for Omaha who has been struggling on the offensive end recently. Tonight’s offensive performance should jumpstart the Mavericks’ offense for the rest of the season.
Defensively, Omaha showed their dominance. Freshman Bella Sade led the Mavericks with six blocks followed by senior Amanda Conlin with three. Freshman Claire Mountjoy was a menace defensively with 12 digs followed by senior Sydney O’Shaughnessy with seven.
Omaha returns homes next weekend with games on Oct. 27 against Western Illinois at 7 p.m. and Fort Wayne on Oct. 28 at 5 p.m.