OMAHA, Neb. – The Omaha volleyball team won its third consecutive match with a 3-1 win (25-20, 25-17, 18-25, 25-21) over North Dakota on Monday afternoon at Baxter Arena.
The win moves the Mavericks to 6-4 (5-3 Summit League) on the season while the Fighting Hawks drop to 2-6 (2-4).
Leaders for North Dakota
Lexi Ahrens led the UND attack with eight kills, followed by Alexa Albinson with seven. Peyton Sewell garnered 19 assists, nine digs and four service aces. Darian Chwialkowski tallied 24 digs and a pair of service aces.
Omaha hit .236 to North Dakota’s .111. The Mavericks totaled 59 kills and 73 digs while recording nine service aces. UND had 28 kills, 61 digs and 12 service aces as a team. Both teams had four blocks apiece.
Inside the First Set
Limback went to work early in the match, posting eight kills on .615 hitting in the first set. The Mavericks held a narrow 11-10 lead until a 10-3 run blew the first set wide open at 21-13. UND climbed back to 23-20 before a Fighting Hawk service error and an ace from Clarkson sealed the 25-20 win.
Inside the Second Set
Tied at five, the Mavericks pieced together a 9-1 run to jump ahead 14-6. Included in the scoring run were three aces by Fairbanks, a pair of aces by Schaecher and kills from Limback, Fairbanks and Rylee Marshall. Omaha grew the lead to 21-13 before back-to-back UND points made it a 23-17 game. Two straight errors from the Fighting Hawks clinched the 25-17 victory for Omaha.
Inside the Third Set
Omaha raced out to a 9-5 lead before six straight points by UND gave the Fighting Hawks an 11-9 advantage. North Dakota led 14-10 and exchanged scores with the Mavericks to a 20-17 lead after back-to-back service errors from both teams. The Fighting Hawks scored five of the final six points to secure the 25-18 third-set win.
Inside the Fourth Set
A pair of kills from Marshall and Limback had the Mavericks ahead 4-1 in the fourth set. The Fighting Hawks fought back and eventually took a 14-10 lead after an Omaha service error. The Mavericks tied it up at 14 shortly after with three kills by Limback and a kill by Fairbanks.
Three consecutive UND errors made it a 21-18 Maverick lead until two Omaha errors allowed the Fighting Hawks back within one at 21-20. Limback’s eighth kill of the set gave the Mavericks their 23rd point and an UND service error led Omaha to match point. Leading 24-21, Limback blasted an attack from the right side that ricocheted off the face of a UND player and fell to the ground for her 25th kill of match.
The Mavericks travel to Macomb, Ill., for a pair of matches at Western Illinois on Sunday, Feb. 28 and Monday, March 1.