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UNO loses to South Dakota

UNO loses to South Dakota

OMAHA, Neb. – The Mavericks volleyball program fell in four tough sets to the visiting South Dakota Coyotes Friday evening inside Baxter Arena.

Omaha (14-12, 7-5) fell to the Coyotes (22-1, 11-0) by a score of 3-1.
•    Omaha was held to a .160 attacking percentage compared to the Coyotes .255.
•    Isabella Sade recorded 16 kills and two blocks, while Sadie Limback notched 15 and five blocks.
•    Limback extends her double-digit kill streak to 11 games.
•    Sami Clarkson finished with 46 assists and seven digs.
•    As the lone senior honored after the match, Courtney Morehead finished with nine digs and a service ace.

A back-and-forth opening set featured 12 ties and eight lead changes. South Dakota went up 10-6 early on, but the Mavericks fought back and evened the score up at 16-16 on a USD attack error. An Anna Blaschko Kill and another USD attack error gave Omaha a one-point lead (18-17). Up 24-22 with set point in hand, South Dakota responded with two-straight Elizabeth Juhnke kills and an ace to go up 25-24. Omaha, however, refused to wavier and scored three-straight on a Blaschko kill, a Limback ace and an Alexa Blase kill.

Another intense set that saw five lead changes and 14 ties fell in favor of the Coyotes. Omaha held on to a 22-21 lead late in the frame after a Claire Leonard kill, but the Coyotes retook a 23-22 lead on two-straight points. Omaha was able to even it up at 24-all late in the set, but South Dakota planted two kills to take the set 26-24 and even it up at 1-1.

Fourteen ties and six lead changes happened in the third set. Omaha was able to get a small lead after a kill from Sade (17-16), but South Dakota responded. Down 20-18, Omaha called timeout and immediately evened it up out of the break and forced South Dakota to burn a timeout of their own. The Coyotes, however, were able to extend their lead to 23-20. Despite a late kill by Limback, Omaha could not close the gap as the Coyotes won 25-21 for the set point.

South Dakota gathered its momentum and led 11-8 in the fourth set. Omaha was forced to call a timeout after it trailed 16-12 on three-straight South Dakota kills. The Mavericks were unable to get things going their way as the Coyotes finished the match on a 7-0 run and took the fourth set, 25-14.

Omaha has a week off before the team returns to action on the road. The Mavericks travel to Purdue Fort Wayne for a 6 p.m. (CST) match against the Mastodons on Friday, Nov. 8. For more information, visit

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