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UNO Volleyball sweeps Clemson, falls in five to K-State | KTIC Radio

UNO Volleyball sweeps Clemson, falls in five to K-State

UNO Volleyball sweeps Clemson, falls in five to K-State

MANHATTAN, Kan. — The Omaha volleyball team put together a gritty road effort Friday at the K-State Invitational. The Mavericks swept Clemson 3-0 (25-23, 29-27, 25-15) in the morning match, then fell just short against Kansas State 3-2 (21-25, 25-21, 16-25, 25-20, 10-15) in a five-set battle in the nightcap.

-Omaha is now 5-2 on the season after this weekend’s tournament.
-The Mavericks’ triumph over Clemson was its third win over a Power Five opponent in the Division I era. The first was a sweep of Syracuse at home on Sept. 4, 2012, followed by a sweep of Tennessee on Sept. 6, 2014.
-Omaha is now 3-1 in three-set matches and 1-1 in five-set matches.
-Omaha’s 14-8 blocking advantage over K-State marked the Mavericks’ second double-figure team block total and tied its season high set Thursday against Central Arkansas.

Leaders for Omaha
Isabella Sade had a match-high 20 kills — her second 20-kill effort of the season — with eight digs and three aces. Sadie Limback also finished in double figures with 12 kills.

Jaclyn Taylor earned her first career double-double on 36 assists and 12 digs. Claire Mountjoy had a match-leading 14 digs, and Courtney Morehead added 10 more. Rylee Marshall totaled a match-best five blocks.

Inside Set 1
Sade led the way with six kills out of the gate, and Limback had another five. After Clemson took a 19-15 lead, Omaha came out with a vengeance from its timeout, tying the set at 23-23. Five unanswered points were part of a late 7-1 run to cap it, as the Mavericks won 25-23 on the back of a Marshall block and four Limback kills.

Inside Set 2
Sade again paced Omaha in the second set, tallying eight more kills. Omaha brought it to set point at 24-17, but the Tigers put up a fight with a 7-0 run to knot it at 24-all. The set went into extra play, eventually locking at 27-27. The Mavericks finished it off on two CU errors to win 29-27.

Inside Set 3
With a narrow 15-14 edge midway through the third set, Omaha put it away with a blazing 10-1 closing surge. Sade had three kills in the span, and Kenzie Michalek had a pair of aces, while Anna Blaschko had the final kill for the 25-15 win that clinched the match.

Leaders for Omaha
Sade snagged her first double-double of the year with a match-leading 19 kills, a career-high 15 digs, three aces and two blocks in the second match. Taylor had another with 45 assists, a career-best 11 digs, five blocks, four kills and an ace.

Limback also tallied in double figures with a season-best 14 kills alongside four blocks, and Claire Leonard finished with 10 kills and two stops.

Mountjoy had 23 scoops in the match, and Morehead chipped in a career-high 19. Blaschko led the Mavericks’ blocking effort with a season-high eight stops, while Marshall had five more to tie her season best.

Inside Set 1
Sade hit .412 with seven kills in the opening game. After a timeout at 18-17 Omaha, the Wildcats used a 5-0 surge to grab the lead 22-18 and went to take the set, 25-21.

Inside Set 2
Limback hit .500 with no attack errors for five kills in the next set. On her third, the Mavericks took their largest lead at 13-7, then matched the margin again at 18-12 with her fourth. K-State threatened at 20-17 with a 4-0 run but never got closer. Megan Woods tallied an ace to bring it to set point at 24-19, and Omaha finished it off at 25-21.

Inside Set 3
A back-and-forth battle took the third set to a 15-14 K-State lead at the midway point. The Wildcats used a 12-2 closing run to seize it at 25-16.

Inside Set 4
Omaha’s offense spread it around in the fourth set, with seven Mavericks registering at least one kill. Limback had four kills on four swings, and Sade and Leonard added four more kills apiece. The Mavericks’ block came up big over the fourth and fifth sets, combining for eight stops to K-State’s two. After a 10-10 tie, Omaha never trailed for the remainder of the set, with a pair of Leonard kills helping seal it at 25-20.

Inside Set 5
The Wildcats led 8-4 midway through the decisive fifth set. Omaha pulled it to 11-8 after capitalizing on a pair of K-State errors, and a Sade/Marshall block coupled with a Limback kill trimmed it to 11-10. K-State collected four straight kills between Anna Dixon and Gloria Mutiri to close the match.

Up Next
Omaha opens the Bluejay Invitational at No. 23 Creighton next Friday, Sept. 13. First serve is set for 6 p.m. at D.J. Sokol Arena on the CU campus, and links to live stats and video will be available on

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