DENVER — The fifth-seeded Omaha volleyball team dropped a four-set match in the Summit League Championship quarterfinals on Friday afternoon, falling (25-21, 29-31, 15-25, 19-25) to fourth-seeded North Dakota State at Hamilton Gymnasium.
Leaders for Omaha
Sydney O’Shaughnessy led the Mavericks with her 70th career double-double, tallying team highs of 20 digs and 36 assists. She also had six kills while hitting at a .417 clip. Gessica Gdowski also posted a double-double for Omaha, managing a team-high 12 kills in addition to her 11 digs.
Leaders for North Dakota State
Brianna Rasmusson led the Bison with a triple-double, posting 10 kills, 36 assists and 12 digs. She also posted a .526 attack percentage. Libero Mikaela Purnell had a game-high 28 digs, while McKenzie Burke led the team with 13 kills.
NDSU outhit Omaha .198 to .123 and outblocked the Mavericks 11-10.
Inside Set 1
Tied 5-5, Horkey and Meagen Roth smashed back-to-back kills as Omaha rattled off four straight points to take a 9-5 lead. Then the Bison made their own run, winning six straight points to take an 11-9 lead. Omaha tied the game at 15 when Sade got a kill. The rest of the set was all Omaha, peaking when Sade had an ace to give Omaha a 22-18 lead. O’Shaughnessy finished the set off with a kill, making the score 25-21.
Inside Set 2
Omaha jumped out to an early 7-2 lead sparking a North Dakota State timeout. Claire Mountjoy managed a kill on the dive as Omaha stretched the lead to 14-8. Omaha was up 19-11 when NDSU sparked a comeback. They tied the score at 22 with a big kill from Mackenzie Burke. The teams traded points from 24 on, but an Omaha attack error gave North Dakota State the set 31-29.
Inside Set 3
Chloe Dousette made her presence known in the third set, as she had two early kills to cut the North Dakota State lead to 5-3. Two attack errors on Omaha made the score 18-9, and Omaha called a timeout. Blaschko smacked a block to cut the score to 20-14, but the Bison won the set 25-15.
Inside Set 4
North Dakota State grabbed a 4-1 lead early in the set, but Gdowski stopped the run with a kill to make the score 4-2. The Bison rattled off six straight points-, but Blaschko’s kill stopped the run. Kills by Rasmusson and Burke both grabbed kills before Omaha called a timeout at 23-17. Omaha managed two more points, but lost the set 25-19 on a Bison kill that ended the match.
Omaha finishes its season with a record of 10-18 (7-7 Summit League).