MANHATTAN, Kan. – Omaha volleyball split both of its matches on the opening day of the K-State Invitational Friday, Sept. 7.
The Mavericks fell 3-0 to Oregon State (25-17, 32-30, 25-23) and defeated North Texas 3-1 (25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 25-20).
MATCH 1 — OREGON STATE 3, OMAHA 0
Leaders for Omaha
Isabella Sade tallied her fourth straight double-digit kill performance of the season with a match high of 13 on .500 hitting. The sophomore from Marion, Iowa also had two blocks. Anna Blaschko followed with 11 kills and two blocks, while Sadie Limback had seven kills and seven digs. Sydney Case had 39 assists and six digs, and Claire Moutjoy totaled a match-high of 20 digs defensively.
Inside Set 1
Oregon State started the match off with a 9-4 lead over the Mavericks. Omaha, however, was able to tie the match on four different occasions in the set. The Beavers were able to pull together a 15-7 run that closed out the set and put them up 1-0 in the match.
Inside Set 2
A hard-fought set saw 62 combined points, 12 tied scores and five lead changes. Omaha trailed by as many as five late in the match, but tied it at 23-all off an ace by Limback. The Mavericks had the set point on three different occasions, but the Beavers pulled together three straight to take the set and a 2-0 lead in the match.
Inside Set 3
A crucial start put Omaha up 6-3 early in the set, but the Beavers rallied off a 5-0 run to lead 10-8 and force an Omaha timeout. Back-to-back block assists by Sade and Mackenzie Horkey put Omaha up 17-15 and forced an Oregon State timeout. Omaha came out of the break and scored two more to cap off the 4-0 run and lead 19-15. The Mavericks eventually led 22-18, but the Beavers closed the set on a 7-1 run and win 25-23 to take the match.
MATCH 2 – OMAHA 3, NORTH TEXAS 1
Leaders For Omaha
Sadie Limback recorded a match-high 14 kills on .433 hitting with three blocks and three digs. Sade tallied her fifth straight double-digit kill performance with 12 on .360 hitting with five blocks, while Bergsten rounded out the trio with 10 kills.
Case recorded 53 assists at setter, which marks her third match this season of 50-plus assists. The Mavericks had a trio of players who hit double figures in digs. Mountjoy led the way with 20, followed by Courtney Morehead and Maggie Meyer with 12 apiece.
Inside Set 1
Omaha started with a 7-4 lead capped off by an ace by Sade. The lead increased to as many as six (20-14), and the Mavericks were able to cruise to the first set victory. The team tallied 15 kills on a .324 hitting percentage throughout the first set.
Inside Set 2
The Mavericks, once again, gained an early three-point lead sparked by a block assist from the duo of Blaschko and Sade. Omaha went on a 3-0 run late in the match to lead 19-16 and force a Mean Green timeout. North Texas, however, was able to respond and took a 20-19 lead off four straight points. Both teams exchanged points, but the Mavericks topped North Texas in the second set with two consecutive kills by Limback and Blaschko.
Inside Set 3
A pair of kills by Blaschko and Sade capped off a 5-0 spark to open the match. The Mavericks retained the lead until it was 21-18. From there, the Mean Green rattled off three straight to tie it at 21-all. North Texas saw its first late lead change when it took a 23-22 advantage. Omaha was unable to close the deficit, as the Mean Green took the third set to cut Omaha’s match lead at 2-1.
Inside Set 4
Once again, a strong start proved to be crucial for the Mavericks. A block assist put Omaha off to a five-point cushion. The Mavericks kept the momentum in their favor as Sade recorded another kill off an assist from Case to make it 12-10 and force North Texas to call a timeout. Out of the break, Omaha scored two more to complete the 4-0 run and make it 14-10 in the set. The Mean Green pulled to within one late in the match, but Omaha refused to let the gap close and scored two straight to make the score 20-17 off a kill by Claire Leonard. A North Texas error and a kill by Maggie Meyer sealed the set and match for Omaha.
Omaha returns to action on Saturday Sept. 8, at 6 p.m. for the final match of the K-State Invitational. Omaha takes on host Kansas State.