MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Omaha volleyball team overcame a slow first set and surged ahead of Central Arkansas in the next three sets to win, 3-1.
The Mavericks cruised past the Sugar Bears with the four-set win (17-25, 25-19, 25-12, 25-15).
Omaha was led by a trio of players that finished with double-digit kills. Anna Blaschko led the way with 14 kills and seven blocks, followed by Isabella Sade and Sadie Limback with 12 and 10 kills each. Jaclyn Taylor finished with 42 assists while Claire Mountjoy had 19 digs.
- Omaha improves to 1-1 all-time against Central Arkansas.
- The Mavericks (4-1) also handed Central Arkansas its first loss of the season (4-1).
- Omaha is now 2-1 when falling behind in the first set.
- Matt Buttermore is now 1-0 in road matches as a head coach for the Mavericks.
INSIDE SET ONE
The Mavericks and Sugar Bears traded points as both teams were tied at 9-all. Central Arkansas pulled together a 9-1 run and went up 18-10. Despite a late, 3-0 spurt in the set, the gap was too much for Omaha to overcome as Central Arkansas won the opening set, 25-17.
INSIDE SET TWO
Omaha responded in the second set and surged ahead, 8-5, after a solo block by Rylee Marshall. Central Arkansas was able to tie it up at 8-8, but the Mavericks did not relinquish the lead and fused together a 6-1 run. The team later went up 21-14 after a kill from Sade. Three-straight Omaha points sealed the second frame for the 25-19 win.
INSIDE SET THREE
Blachko recorded a block that put Omaha ahead 5-2 early in the third set. The run continued as the Mavericks mounted another run and led 13-6, which forced a Central Arkansas timeout. Omaha scored the final seven points of the set and ran away with a 25-12 victory, capped off by a block-assist by Taylor and Blachko.
INSIDE SET FOUR
The Mavericks continued its monumental surge and led 13-7 mid-way through the fourth set with the match victory looming in sight. Another 5-0 run put the team up 18-8 later on in the set. Omaha notched its final points to seal the match off a kill by Sade and a bad set by Central Arkansas
The Mavericks return to action for a pair of matches tomorrow at the K-State Invitational. Omaha takes on Clemson at 10 a.m., followed by a 7:30 p.m. matchup against Kansas State live on ESPN+. For more information, visit OMavs.com.