OMAHA, Neb. — The Omaha volleyball team gutted out a 3-2 triumph over North Dakota State Sunday afternoon, winning by set scores of 21-25, 25-22, 25-20, 17-25, 15-9 at Sapp Fieldhouse. With the win, the Mavericks improve to 5-17 (2-6 Summit League) on the year, while the Bison drop to 6-15 (4-4).
Freshman Chloe Dousette led the way with a match-high and season-best 20 kills, adding two blocks, two digs and an ace. Junior Sydney O’Shaughnessy tallied her team-best 10th double-double of the season with 50 assists and 12 digs along with three blocks, two kills and an ace.
Senior Nicki Carson also had three career highs in her effort, finishing with 11 kills, nine digs and four aces, along with two assists and a block.
Sophomore Kayla Torson and freshman Ellie Brown each notched nine kills, with Torson chipping in 17 digs as well and Brown putting up a match-high four blocks. Junior Amanda Conlin finished the day with eight kill and four blocks of her own, and freshman Olivia Spanton rounded out the day with a season-high 30 digs.
North Dakota State was led by 16 kills from Emily Minnick and another 15 from Hadley Steffen. The Bison hit .235 to Omaha’s .199, but the Mavericks held the edge at the net, 8.0-6.0.
In the opening set, NDSU jumped out to a 7-4 lead. The Bison extended it to 16-11, but the Mavericks trimmed it to a two-point margin thanks to a kill from Dousette, an NDSU error and an ace from Spanton. NDSU eventually took the first set 25-21, however, backed by four kills apiece from Minnick and Steffen.
The Bison got out to hot start with a 5-0 early lead in set two. The Mavericks fired back with a 10-5 run sparked by three kills from Dousette, two each from Torson and Conlin and a pair of Carson aces, which knotted it at 10-10. After two more ties, NDSU shot ahead 20-14, but two Bison errors, coupled with a Carson ace and a Torson kill, pulled Omaha within one. The Mavericks ultimately finished the set on an 11-2 run, rallying for a 25-22 win that tied the match at 1-1.
NDSU and UNO played to a 6-6 tie in the third set, after which the Mavericks broke through with a 5-1 surge to lead 11-7. Though the Bison got within two at 14-12 on a Jessica Jorgensen kill, Omaha never relinquished its edge, charging to a 25-20 victory behind Dousette, who hammered seven kills in the frame.
Midway through the fourth set, Omaha managed to tie the score at 15-15, but NDSU staved off a further rally with a 5-0 run for a 20-15 advantage. Three late kills from Steffen, Emily Miron and Brianna Rasmusson helped close it at 25-17 for the Bison, who put the match in a 2-2 lock.
UNO and NDSU traded points to a 7-7 tie in the deciding set, after which two consecutive Dousette kills and a Bison attack error put the Mavericks up by three. The spurt started off an 8-2 run for Omaha, which was bolstered by two late kills and a solo block from Conlin en route to the 15-9 win.
Omaha opens a four-match road swing this Friday, Oct. 21, visiting IUPUI at 6 p.m. in Indianapolis, Ind