OMAHA, Neb. – Omaha volleyball battled Denver in a five-set thriller, but came up short for its first Summit League and home loss of the season.
Omaha dropped a five-set contest (25-22, 15-25, 10-25, 25-23, 8-15) to the Pioneers.
Leaders for Omaha
Sydney Case tallied her second-straight and fifth double-double of the season with 34 assists and a career-high 18 digs. Sadie Limback had a team-best 12 kills and nine digs, while Isabella Sade had 10 kills and two blocks.
Leaders for Denver
The duo of Becca Latham and Lydia Bartalo had 17 kills apiece, while setters Ellie Anderson and Andrea Eddy had 29 and 22 assists apiece. Libero Macy Carrabine had 29 digs.
Omaha falls to 1-12 all-time against the Pioneers.
The Mavericks fall to 7-1 in league play and at home.
Omaha is the first team in the league and the first team since Sacramento State on Sept. 1 to take Denver to five sets.
The Mavericks also played its first Tuesday match of the season and now enter the second half of league play.
The 7-0 league start came to a halt, as the Mavericks finished with the best conference start in program history since the 1999 season (started 7-0 in the North Central Conference).
Giselle Eiche made her collegiate debut with two digs in the match.
Inside Set 1
Omaha opened the match on a 6-1 run that was capped off by kills from Limback and Anna Blaschko. The Mavericks maintained the lead until a 4-0 Denver spurt saw them down one (19-18). Omaha, however, called timeout and rallied with six straight points that were concluded by back-to-back Limback kills to take a 24-19 lead. The Pioneers cut it to two, but the Mavericks clinched set point off yet another Limback kill.
Inside Set 2
Denver opened with a 7-0 run and put Omaha too deep into a hole. Omaha was able to cut the Denver lead to five (11-6) off a 4-0 spurt, but the Pioneers kept the cushion and proceeded to cruise to a 10-point set win and even the match at 1-1.
Inside Set 3
Once again, Omaha struggled to find its way in the set and fell into a five-point deficit. The Pioneers put together a pair of 4-0 runs and increased the set lead to double digits. A pair of kills and an Omaha attack error clinched the 25-10 set for Denver and put Omaha down 2-1 in the match.
Inside Set 4
Omaha trailed by as many as five (8-3) in the early portion of the set, but pulled together a 4-0 run and cut the Denver lead to one. The Mavericks gained their first lead of the set (11-10) off a kill by Isabella Sade, but the Pioneers kept responding. The ensuing rallies featured seven lead changes. Down 23-22, Omaha called timeout. Out of the break, the Mavericks scored a monumental three points off two kills by Limback and a kill from Claire Leonard to clinch the set and force a fifth.
Inside Set 5
Denver, once again, found its momentum and came out to an 8-1 start. Despite a pair of kills from Sade and Abby Bergsten, the deficit was too much for Omaha to overcome, as the Pioneers took the match with a 15-8 set victory.
Omaha welcomes the second half of the Summit League regular season with a road trip at Purdue Fort Wayne on Friday, Oct. 19, followed by a Sunday, Oct. 21 showdown against North Dakota State inside Baxter Arena.