TULSA, Okla. — The Omaha volleyball team picked up its first conference win of the season Sunday afternoon, outlasting Oral Roberts 3-2 (15-25, 25-23, 25-14, 22-25, 15-12) at the Aerobics Center. With the win, the Mavericks improve to 4-15 (1-4 Summit League), while the Golden Eagles fall to 8-9 (0-3).
Freshman Chloe Dousette put together her finest performance of the season to date, finishing with a season-high 19 kills alongside four digs and two blocks. Junior Sydney O’Shaughnessy tallied her ninth double-double with 45 assists, 10 digs, a season-high six blocks, three kills and two service aces, and freshman Hannah Angeli got her sixth double-double on 10 kills and 12 digs with four aces and two assists.
Sophomore Kayla Torson added 14 kills and eight digs with a pair of blocks, and freshman Ashley Smith chipped in 12 digs with an ace. Freshman Ellie Brown led the way at the net, finishing with a season-high eight blocks plus six kills.
As a team, Omaha outhit Oral Roberts .226 to .203. ORU was led by 19 kills from Karyn Chrisman and another 16 from Shelby Cox.
Omaha opened the first set to a 3-1 lead, but Oral Roberts came back with a 12-1 run before a Dousette/Brown block halted it at 13-5. The Mavericks managed to pull within five on a Dousette kill and an O’Shaughnessy/Brown block at 20-15, but ORU closed with a 5-0 run to take the set 25-15.
The second game included seven ties and four lead changes. Omaha worked past a late 23-23 stall with an Angeli ace and a Dousette kill, putting away the set at 25-23 and evening the match at one game apiece.
The Mavericks dominated in set three, hitting .478 as a team while holding the Golden Eagles to .045. UNO broke through a 12-12 deadlock with an 11-0 run helped by a combined four kills from O’Shaughnessy and Brown, two Brown/O’Shaughnessy blocks and a pair of Angeli aces. Leading 23-14, the Mavericks put it away with consecutive kills from Dousette and Angeli en route to the 25-14 win.
Oral Roberts responded by taking the fourth game 25-22, which evened the match at 2-2.
Omaha’s offense came alive again in the deciding set, as the Mavericks hit .429 and were led by six kills from Dousette. After a 6-6 tie, UNO rattled off three straight scores with a Dousette dagger, an ORU attack error an ace by redshirt freshman Meagen Roth, prompting a Golden Eagle timeout. Following another ORU timeout at 13-10, the Golden Eagles pulled within one at 13-12 on a Bria Bergman kill and a Maverick attack error. Omaha then called a timeout of its own and came out swinging after the break, with a Torson kill and an O’Shaughnessy ace capping the game at 15-12 and the match, 3-2.
Omaha kicks off a three-match homestand on Saturday, Oct. 8, welcoming IUPUI to Sapp Fieldhouse at 5 p.m. Links to live stats, audio and video will be available on OMavs.com.