Volleyball has up down weekend at Drake invitational

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Matt Norrie

Head Coach Rose Shires took her Mavericks to the Knapp Center in Des Moines, Iowa over the weekend in a nine-game tournament hosted by the Drake Bulldogs. The schedule put the UNO Mavericks up against Drake on Thursday night, followed by back-to-back games against the San Jose State Spartans and the Montana Grizzlies on Friday. The tournament wrapped up Saturday afternoon with the Mav’s final game against the Southeast Missouri Redhawks.

Thursday night, the Mavericks charged into Drakes home court with a dominating first set, taking it over the Bulldogs 25-11. Omaha continued their run into the second set with a score of 25-16 over Drake. The Mavericks fell in the third set with a close score of 21-25. The Bulldogs maintained their momentum by coming out on top the last two sets with a score of 17-25 and 13-15 to take the match 3-2. Bella Sade and Anna Blaschko came out swinging with a combined 30 kills. Junior Mackenzie Horkey complimented the two freshman with another 12 kills, and senior Sydney O’Shaughnessy had a match high 52 assists for the Mavericks.

Omaha went up against the San Jose State Spartans on Saturday in the first game of a double header. The two teams traded off wins in the first two sets to even out the game. The Spartans took the last two sets to win the match against Omaha 3-1. Blaschko had a team high 13 kills, with Sade helping out on defense with three blocks. The freshman duo had help from Sophomore Chloe Dousette who had 12 kills and two blocks. In the Maverick’s second game of the day against the Montana Grizzlies, Junior Abby Bergsten got in on the action with her season high 15 kills. The Grizzlies prevailed over the Mavericks, 23-25 in the first set, 23- 25 in the second and 19-25 in the thirst set to end the second day of the tournament.

The Mavericks came into Saturday craving a win against the Southeast Missouri Redhawks to close out the tournament. Omaha fell to the Redhawks in the first set 23-25. Omaha was not deterred and took the second set 30-28. The Maverick’s continued performance led them to take the third set 25-14, and the final set,25-23, in their match victory of Southeast Missouri. Sade’s impressive 19 kills and 7 blocks, along with Blaschko’s 13 kills, solidified the duos consistency throughout the tournament. O’Shaughnessy added an impressive 50 assists to the game to help lead the UNO Mavericks to a 3-1 victory over the Redhawks.

After playing their first 10 games on the road, the UNO’s Women’s Volleyball team will host their first home game against the Kansas State Wildcats on Sept. 14. The game will start at 7:00 p.m. at Baxter Arena. It will be interesting to see if the Mavericks found their groove in the last game of the tournament, and if that will carry the team to victory over the Wildcats on Thursday.