OMAHA, Neb. – The Omaha volleyball team cruised to a 3-0 victory in its Summit League home opener against the Western Illinois Leathernecks Friday night.
The Mavericks won in three sets (25-19, 25-15, 25-13) over the Leathernecks and improved to 8-7 overall with a perfect 3-0 mark in league play.
Leaders for Omaha
Isabella Sade finished with a match-high 11 kills on .643 hitting and four blocks. Sydney Case tallied 38 assists while defensively, Courtney Morehead and Claire Moutjoy recorded 11 and 10 digs apiece.
Omaha hit .402 as a team in the match which marks the second-highest hitting percentage this season.
Sade tallied her 10th match this season of double-digit kills.
The win over Western Illinois marked the second 3-0 sweep for the Mavericks this season with the last being against UTEP on Sept. 1 in the Omaha Challenge.
The Mavericks recorded more kills (43-21), assists (41-20), digs (35-25) and blocks (6-3) than WIU.
Omaha improves to 9-4 all-time against the Leathernecks.
Inside Set 1
The Mavericks jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead to open the match. Down 12-10, Omaha pulled together a 9-1 run that was capped off by a Claire Leonard kill which made it 19-13. Western Illinois cut the Mavericks’ lead to three (20-17), but Omaha was able to maintain the cushion and close out the set 25-19 off a kill by Sade.
Inside Set 2
Western Illinois sparked a 4-0 run to lead 5-4 in the match, but six straight points by the Mavericks put them ahead 12-7. A kill by Sadie Limback concluded a 4-0 run that increased Omaha’s lead to eight (16-8) in the match. From there, the Mavericks were able to take the second set off a 25-15 victory.
Inside Set 3
The big Omaha run came midway through the third frame as the Mavericks scored six straight and led 14-6. Another 5-0 spurt made it a 19-8 match off a kill by Leonard. In her debut, Alexa Blase recorded her first-career kill which sparked a 4-1 run to close and helped close out the sweep for the Mavericks.
The Mavericks return home this Sunday, Sept. 30, for a 1 p.m. showdown with Purdue Fort Wayne. The match will take place at Sapp Fieldhouse.