KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Omaha volleyball team began play at the UMKC Kangaroo Klassic Friday, falling 3-1 (19-25, 13-25, 25-18, 20-25) to Bradley and 3-0 to Northern Iowa (8-25, 24-26, 19-25) at Swinney Recreation Center. The Mavericks are now 2-8 on the season.
MATCH 1 — BRADLEY 3, OMAHA 1
Freshman Hannah Angeli led the Mavericks in the morning match against Bradley, finishing with a career-high 10 kills, 10 digs, five assists and a block for her second double-double of the season. Sophomore Kayla Torson was just short of a double-double of her own, totaling nine kills and 10 digs, while freshman Ashley Smith joined her with a double-figure defensive effort with a match-high 22 digs.
Junior Sydney O’Shaughnessy put up 29 assists with seven digs and two blocks, and freshman Ellie Brown led the way at the net with four blocks in addition to four digs.
Bradley was led by Kelsey Cave’s 11 kills, as well as another nine from Erica Haslag. The Braves had the edge in hitting, .189 to .056 and blocking, 6.0-5.0.
Bradley held a narrow lead early in the opening set, but Omaha twice pulled within one — first on a Brown kill at 9-8 and again courtesy of back-to-back Torson daggers at 12-11. After two kills from Cave made it 14-11, a BU serving error and an O’Shaughnessy ace once more made it a one-point margin at 14-13. The Braves, though, worked out to a 17-13 lead and never let UNO back within less than three, eventually taking the set 25-19.
In game two, Bradley hit .333 as a team, bolstered by kills from seven different players. The Braves took an early 8-3 advantage and later used a 6-0 run to go up 16-7. At 18-9, BU strung together another run to make it 22-10, and a kill by Erin Olson plus two more by Allison Turner helped close out the set at 25-13.
After Bradley started the third set with a quick 3-0 lead, the Mavericks bounced back to take a 5-3 edge thanks to a BU setting error, a block by junior Amanda Conlin and senior Nicki Carson, a Torson ace and a kill by senior Elise Brown. The Braves tied the game seven times before Omaha regained the lead and shot ahead 13-12 on another Brown kill. The Mavericks built a 14-12 advantage after back-to-back kills from Conlin and Brown and a BU setting error, then stretched it to 17-13. Omaha took its largest lead 23-16 with a Smith ace, and two late kills by Angeli and Torson helped cement the Mavericks’ 25-18 win.
Bradley wasted no time in the fourth game, running out to an 11-2 lead. After facing an 18-9 deficit, the Mavericks put together a 9-3 scoring spurt that trimmed Bradley’s lead to 21-18. Omaha again pulled within three at 23-20 on an Angeli kill and a BU attack error, but two straight Maverick miscues helped Bradley stave off UNO’s late surge for a 25-20 tally.
MATCH 2 — NORTHERN IOWA 3, OMAHA 0
In the second match of the day against Northern Iowa, Torson nabbed her team-leading fourth double-double of the year with team highs of 11 kills and 13 digs. O’Shaughnessy added another — her third — with 21 assists and 10 digs, and Angeli added another 10 digs with five more kills. Conlin also had three blocks for the afternoon.
UNI hit .275 as a team, led by 13 kills from Karlie Taylor and Amie Held’s double-double on 12 kills and 14 digs. Heather Hook also had 34 assists, six digs and five blocks, and Piper Thomas led the way with eight blocks of her own. The Panthers outblocked Omaha 11.0-5.0.
Northern Iowa pounded out a .448 team hitting percentage in the first set, which spurred the Panthers to a 25-8 win.
Omaha came out firing in the second set, going up 5-0. Ellie Brown’s fourth kill of the game brought it to a 15-15 tie before kills by O’Shaughnessy and Torson eventually pushed it to 18-18. The latter started off a 6-0 run that extended UNO’s lead to 22-18, but UNI worked around it, closing the game on a 6-0 run of its own to win 26-24.
In the third set, Omaha found itself trailing 15-10 before an ace by Elise Brown opened up a 5-0 scoring run. The spurt ended with consecutive kills by Ellie Brown and redshirt freshman Meagen Roth to lock the game at 15-15, but UNI responded with a 7-2 run to go ahead 22-17. Three straight kills from Taylor and Kayla Haneline capped the set, 25-19, and the match, 3-0.
Omaha returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 10, facing Cornell to close out the Kangaroo Klassic in Kansas City, Mo. The match is set for 11 a.m., and a link to live stats will be available on OMavs.com.