OMAHA, Neb. — The Omaha volleyball team saw its three-match win streak come to an end Tuesday night, falling 3-1 (25-22, 23-25, 23-25, 25-27) to Denver at Baxter Arena. The Mavericks are now 6-11 (3-1 Summit League), while the Pioneers improve to 12-4 (3-1).
Leaders for Omaha
Junior Abby Bergsten led Omaha for the second straight match with a career-best and match-high 22 kills on .375 hitting.
Junior Mackenzie Horkey joined her in double figures with 10 kills alongside 11 digs for her seventh double-double of the season. Senior Sydney O’Shaughnessy put up a match-high 44 assists with eight digs, six kills and two blocks.
Four other Mavericks had double-figure dig performances: freshman Claire Mountjoy (20), senior Amanda Conlin (14) and sophomores Gessica Gdowski (12) and Meagen Roth (11). Conlin’s dig total was a career high, and she and freshman Bella Sade also led the way at the net with four blocks apiece.
Leaders for Denver
The Pioneers got 17 kills from Becca Latham, while Cassidy Rooke added a match-best 21 digs. Kayla Principato had a match-high seven blocks with seven kills.
Omaha outhit Denver .185 to .151, but the Pioneers had the advantage in blocking, 10-8.
Inside Set 1
Omaha hit .231 in the first set, and Bergsten led the way with seven kills on .778 hitting with no attack errors. Stalled at 11-11, the Mavericks claimed the lead with a DU attack error and a Horkey ace, which forced a Pioneer timeout. They built their largest lead at 17-13, and though DU pulled within one three times, Omaha pushed it to a four-point advantage again by 24-20 on three straight kills from Horkey, Bergsten and O’Shaughnessy. The Pioneers then posted back-to-back kills of their own, but following a timeout, Omaha finished it off with a Bergsten kill for the 25-22 win.
Inside Set 2
Bergsten put up six more kills with no errors in the second set. The second game included 12 ties — with the final one locking it at 22-all — but three late Latham kills gave Denver the set at 25-23.
Inside Set 3
In the third set, Bergsten tallied another six kills for the Mavericks. Omaha scored the first four points of the set and seized a 9-3 lead by the first timeout. The Mavericks held on to their lead until DU went up 24-23, when the Pioneers capitalized on a service error. A final kill by Lydia Bartalo capped the set at 25-23.
Inside Set 4
Bergsten’s second kill of the fourth set helped her eclipse her previous career high of 20 kills and spotted Omaha an 11-8 advantage. DU came back to tie it at 12-12, and the set stalled four more times up to 18-18. After the Pioneers went up by five at 23-18, Omaha battled back within two at 23-21 on three straight kills from Gdowski, O’Shaughnessy and Sade. Out of a timeout, DU pushed it to set point at 24-21, but the Mavericks continued to threaten with a Gdowski kill and a Pioneer attack error. The set locked again at 24-24 and 25-25, and DU used an ace and a block to close it at 27-25 for the 3-1 match decision.
Omaha caps its homestand this weekend, hosting South Dakota on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Baxter Arena at 5 p.m.