OMAHA, Neb. – The Omaha volleyball program dropped a five-set match to Purdue Fort Wayne Sunday afternoon inside Baxter Arena.
The Mavericks (10-10, 3-3) overcame a two-set deficit against the Mastodons (11-9, 5-1), but ultimately fell short 22-25, 27-25, 25-18, 25-15, 10-15.
• Omaha has now played five sets in every Summit League match but one (vs. Western Illinois, won 3-0).
• The Mavericks overcame a two-set deficit for the second time in conference play and for the third time this season. Omaha is 1-2 when overcoming a two-set deficit.
• Isabella Sade notched a match-high 22 kills, followed by Sadie Limback (18) and Anna Blaschko (17).
• Sami Clarkson recorded her fifth double-double of a career-high 58 assists and 13 digs.
INSIDE SET ONE
Purdue Fort Wayne took control for the first set and built a 14-9 lead over the Mavericks. Omaha rallied back and tied it at 17-all after a pair of Blaschko kills. The Mastodons, however, responded with a 3-0 spurt and built a 20-17 lead. Omaha was able to keep it close, but the Mastodons kept responding and took the first set with a 25-22 win.
INSIDE SET TWO
An early 7-3 deficit forced Omaha to play catch-up for the majority of the set. On two separate occasions, Omaha was in a three-point deficit and responded to tie the score up. Down 20-16, the Mavericks dug deep and pulled a 7-2 run together for a 23-22 lead. Purdue Fort Wayne kept responding and tied it up again. Omaha led 24-23 with the set point in hand, but the Mastodons managed to find three-straight points to go up 2-0.
INSIDE SET THREE
Omaha pulled off a hot start and led 8-2 in the set. The Maverick lead eventually grew to 17-9 after a kill by Sade and a pair of Mastodon attack errors. Two more kills by Blaschko and one from Alexa Blase made it 22-16 Omaha late in the frame. From there, Omaha managed to get on the board with two-straight Sade kills for the 25-18 win.
INSIDE SET FOUR
The Mavericks kept their momentum going in the fourth set with a 25-15 win. Six-straight points opened the set, with four of them coming behind the arm of Limback. Mid-way through the set, a 6-1 Omaha run made it 19-7 Mavericks – their largest lead of the match. Omaha cruised through the fourth set and evened it up at 2-all, which forced a fifth set.
INSIDE SET FIVE
Purdue Fort Wayne found the early start it needed and jumped ahead of Omaha, 5-2. At the break, Omaha saw itself in an 8-4 deficit. Three more Mastodon points later on made it 11-6. The Mavericks were able to cut it to as much as three (12-9), but two more Purdue Fort Wayne kills and an ace secured the match point for the Mastodons.
Omaha has a day off before the team returns to action Tuesday night, Oct. 15. The Mavericks square off against Denver for a 7 p.m. showdown. The match also marks the annual “Serve Pink” promotion. For more information, visit OMavs.com.